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Suzanne Schulting

Netherlands

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTNED22509199701
NOCNetherlands
Born25 Sep 1997 in Groningen 
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationEuropean Studies - NTI Leiden: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.420 06 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
    1000m 1:26.854 07 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:19.543 02 Nov 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 5:06.350 13 Jan 2019 Dordrecht  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    3000m Relay     1  
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    500m 1   1  
    1000m 2   1  
    1500m 1      
    3000m Relay 1 1    
    Overall 2      
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
    Overall   1    
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    500m 2      
    1000m 2 1    
    1500m 3      
    3000m Relay 3 2 1  
    Overall 3   1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/suzanneschultingNL/  
twitter.com/suzanschulting  
suzanneschulting.nl/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My parents live in the middle of nowhere with little canals around their house. So, they were like, 'Okay, if it's frozen in the winter you can do some speed skating', and that's how I learned to speed skate. That's where it all started."  
Club / TeamShorttrack Club Thialf: Heerenveen, NED  
Name of coachJeroen Otter [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age eight in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  
Training Regime"I wake up in the morning around 08:00. I go to the arena around 08:45. Start doing my warm up, sharpen my skates, and then I will be on the ice around 09:45 until 11:15 or 11:30. Then I go home, eat my lunch, maybe take a nap. Just chill. I go back to the arena to do weights or some cycling from 15:00 to 17:00. So, that's my day and that's six days a week."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"What really drives me is the gold. The feeling of winning the gold medal is the best thing ever. You train so hard the whole summer just for the feeling of crossing the finish line first. I scream my guts out when I win. That feeling really keeps me motivated and it's like a drug. You want more and more and more." (olafhussein.com, 20 Nov 2020)  
InjuriesAn illness prevented her from competing at the 2021 Courmayeur Cup in Italy. (schaatsen.nl, 15 Sep 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the overall competition at the 2019 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, and claiming gold in the 1000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2019; schaatsen.nl, 10 Mar 2019)  
Other informationOLYMPIC SUCCESS
She became the first short track skater representing the Netherlands to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the 1000m at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. "The first part of the Olympics was not as I hoped as I fell [in the 500m]. I think I was a little overawed by the whole Olympic situation, but luckily for me that was not the end. I was able to calm down a little and I found myself again. I knew [the 1000m] was my best distance. I just felt really comfortable that day and I think that's why I did a really good job, but I never expected to go home with gold. If I'd just won silver or bronze, I would also have been really happy. After I became an Olympic champion, I was like, 'Okay, now I have to prove to the world, and to myself, that I'm also able to win more'. So, I trained that summer extremely hard, and I really wanted to show the world that it wasn't just one time. I wanted to prove that I'm always able to challenge for gold." (olympics.com, 01 Nov 2021)

CLEAN SWEEP
She won all five titles on offer at the 2021 World Short Track Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands, claiming gold in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, the overall competition, and the 3000m relay. A number of the world's top short track skaters were unable to compete at the tournament because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she was only the second female athlete in history, following Canada's Sylvie Daigle in 1983, to complete a clean sweep at the tournament. "I could not have done any better than I did. It is fantastic. I had expected more opposition but I had been skating new records in the previous weeks, and I set two personal bests in Dordrecht." (dutchnews.nl, 08 Mar 2021)

SPEED SKATING AND SHORT TRACK
Having drawn inspiration from compatriot Jorien Ter Mors, she began competing in both short track and speed skating during the 2018/19 season. She represented the Netherlands in both short track and speed skating at the world championships in 2021, but said she was unsure if she would be able to compete in both sports at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "The 1000m in speed skating is at the end of the second week when the short track has already finished. So that would fit into my schedule. I really want to skate long track in Beijing, but I don't know if it is feasible [speaking in September 2021]. I don't want to say yet that I certainly won't ride long track in Beijing. Maybe I'll surprise myself and long track will help me again, because it gives me a lot of energy. But right now my focus is completely on short track." (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2021; nu.nl, 16 Sep 2021; schaatsen.nl, 02 Oct 2018)

UNEXPECTED MEDAL
She was a member of the Dutch women's 3000m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite not qualifying for the A final. Two out of four teams in the A final were disqualified, meaning the Dutch team - who won the B final in a world-record time - were awarded the bronze medal. (deadspin.com, 21 Feb 2018; bbc.com, 20 Feb 2018)
 
Most influential person in careerHer parents, and coach Jeroen Otter. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolDutch short track skater Sjinkie Knegt. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017)  
Awards and honoursShe was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in 2018. (isu.org, 24 Jan 2019)

She was named Best Female Short Track Skater in the Netherlands at the 2018 Ard Schenk Awards Gala. (schaatsen.nl, 20 Mar 2018)

In March 2018 she was made a Knight of the Orde van Oranje-Nassau [Order of Orange Nassau] in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (schaatsen.nl, 26 Mar 2018; lintjes.nl, 2018)
 
NicknamesSuus (schaatsen.nl, 20 Mar 2018)  
Other sportsShe represented the Netherlands in speed skating at the 2021 World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2021)  
MilestonesShe became only the second female short track skater to win a clean sweep of gold medals at a single edition of the world championships at the 2021 edition of the tournament in Dordrecht, Netherlands. She claimed victory in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, the overall competition, and the 3000m relay to follow in the footsteps of Canada's Sylvie Daigle, who achieved the feat in 1983 [although there was no world title for the relay that year]. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2021; olympics.com, 07 Mar 2021)

She was the first female short track skater representing the Netherlands to win an overall world title when she claimed gold in the overall competition at the 2019 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019; schaatsen.nl, 10 Mar 2019)

She became the first Dutch athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in short track by claiming victory in the 1000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Oct 2018; OIS, 22 Feb 2018)
 
HobbiesWatching television, watching sports, going to restaurants, playing the piano. (olafhussein.com, 20 Nov 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win gold at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (olympics.com, 01 Nov 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall1  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall1  
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall1  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m1  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall1  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m1  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m1  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m1  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m1  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m1  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m1  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall1  
    2019/2020 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall2  
    2020/2021 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m3  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall4  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m4  
    2018/2019 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m5  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m5  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall5  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m6  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m7  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall7  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m8  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m8  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m10  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m10  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall11  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m12  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m13  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m13  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall18  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m19  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall19  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m20  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m21  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall21  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall24  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall24  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m30  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m38  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m1  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 3000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagoya 1500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Beijing 1000m1  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 1500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 1000m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 500m1  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Nagoya 1500m1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Seoul 3000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Turin 3000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m1  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Dordrecht 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Turin 1500m1  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m1  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 2000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Nagoya 3000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Dordrecht 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m2  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m2  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 2000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Beijing 3000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagoya 1000m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Nagoya 1000m2  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Beijing 2000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Dordrecht 1000m2  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 1000m2  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m2  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Dordrecht 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m3  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m3  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 1500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagoya 2000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m4  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m4  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay4  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m4  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay4  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m5  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m7  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m7  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m7  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m7  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m8  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m9  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m12  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay12  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m13  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m16  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m19  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m19  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m19  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m21  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m56  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m65  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m86