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Stefan Due Schmidt

Denmark

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSDEN12808199401
NOCDenmark
Born28 Aug 1994 in  Frederiksberg
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Gabriela Vargas
ResidenceCopenhagen, DEN
OccupationAthlete, Importer/Exporter
LanguagesDanish, Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Higher educationHealth Studies, Nutrition - University College Sjaelland Ankerhus: SorÝ, DEN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.58 22 Feb 2019 Inzell  
    1000m 1:12.21 31 Aug 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:48.79 13 Dec 2020 Inzell  
    5000m 6:30.57 12 Dec 2020 Inzell  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/AthleteStefanDue  
twitter.com/Stefan_Due  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe loved skating with his brother, as well as competing individually and as a team in inline skating. He took up speed skating because he wanted more competition, speed and to push his limits physically.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began inline skating in 2000 in Denmark. He took up speed skating in 2008.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis brother Philip, and Danish speed skater Jesper Carlson. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017; Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Enjoy training each day and acknowledge how lucky you are." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Other sportsHe has represented Denmark in roller speed skating. He finished seventh in the track 10,000m points elimination event at the 2019 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2021; Twitter profile, 06 Jan 2015)  
InjuriesHe broke his hand twice in 2015. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)

He broke his arm in 2011. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)

In 2011 he tore a ligament and was out for 10 weeks. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013)

He fractured his arm in 2008 and was out for eight weeks. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017, 08 Nov 2013)
 
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting in the mass start final at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolSwiss road cyclist Fabian Cancellara, Belgian cyclo-cross rider Sven Nys, Belgian road cyclist Tom Boonen. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
HobbiesPodcasting. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019; spotify.com, 07 Nov 2020)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe puts on good socks and underwear on a race day. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)  
Famous relativesHis younger brother Philip has represented Denmark in speed skating at World Cup events, and has also competed at the roller speed skating world championships. His partner Gabriela Vargas has represented Ecuador in roller speed skating, and finished eighth in the track 10,000m elimination race at the 2019 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 02 Jan 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jan 2021)  
NicknamesSteve, Duen (schaatsen.nl, 12 Jan 2020)  
Other informationOTHER ACTIVITIES
He is the founder and owner of Bont Nordic, which imports and sells Bont skating equipment in Scandinavia and northern Europe. In 2019 he and his brother launched The Due Power Podcast, which covers both speed skating and roller speed skating. The podcast features other skaters as guests. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019; Facebook page, 04 Sep 2019; spotify.com, 07 Nov 2020; LinkedIn profile, 24 Aug 2020)

FURTHER STUDIES
After completing a bachelor's degree in nutrition and health studies, he began a master's degree in global health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in September 2020. (Facebook profile, 01 Sep 2020; Instagram profile, 15 Jan 2021; Facebook page, 24 Aug 2020)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps20  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround22  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps22  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround29  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps24  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps28  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps34  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps35  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps43  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m61