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Selma Poutsma


SportShort Track
Born14 May 1999 in The Hague 
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationLanguage Studies - French, Liberal Studies - Utrecht University: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.081 22 Oct 2023 Montreal  
    1000m 1:27.495 07 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:22.984 30 Sep 2023 Heerenveen  
    3000m 5:22.629 07 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    3000m Relay 1      
World Championships
World Championships
    500m     2  
    2000m Relay 1      
    3000m Relay 2   1  
European Championships
European Championships
    500m   1    
    1000m   2    
    2000m Relay 2      
    3000m Relay 2 1 1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe enjoyed the sensation of speed and the tactics of racing closely against others. She also likes the gliding aspect of the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer father. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016)  
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski, Russian ballet dancer Polina Semionova. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017, 02 Feb 2016)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachNiels Kerstholt [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport at age seven in The Hague, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationMOVE TO FRANCE
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, she was given the opportunity to join the France junior short track team in 2014. She decided to make the move to Font-Romeu soon after, where she became part of the French national set-up. She competed for France from 2015 to 2018 before switching to represent the Netherlands in 2019. "I threw myself in at the deep end. I've always been a bit more introverted, a bit more scared. But I forced myself there [France] to get over a number of things. Being shy, doing things you didn't dare before. I learned a lot of perseverance there. We did a lot of endurance training. That really hardened me. I used to feel much more like a girl. Now I feel more and more mature, more independent, I think I'm richer in experience." (, 26 Nov 2021;, 04 Mar 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Dec 2020;, 29 Sep 2017)

In 2018 she began training with coach Niels Kerstholt at the RTC Midden in the Netherlands. In 2022 she reunited with Kerstholt when he replaced Jeroen Otter as head coach of the Dutch short track team. "Niels picked me up at a time when I began falling out of the sport. I had just come from France, where I had a really good time, but for my age at the time I probably trained a bit too much. That took some of the fun away. Niels regained that pleasure, after which I regained the energy again to finally be able to join the national training selection. Last year [speaking in 2022] everything was abnormal, with a lot of weird things, COVID-19 made it extra hard. This year I hope Niels will pick me up again, to regain the peace I experienced at the time." (, 08 Oct 2022;, 26 Nov 2021)
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsShe competed in speed skating at the 2020 World Cup Qualification Tournament [WKKT] in the Netherlands. (, 26 Dec 2020)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamShorttrack Brabant: 's-Hertogenbosch, NED  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 3000m relay at the 2021 World Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (, 10 Mar 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I am convinced that I have a lot of speed, but you also have to take into account that you are not the only one who can do that." (, 04 Mar 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022 Olympic Games 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 World Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 European Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 World Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 European Championships 1000m2  
    2023/2024 European Championships 500m2  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m2  
    2020/2021 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m3  
    2022/2023 World Championships 500m3  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2022 Olympic Games 2000m Relay4  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m4  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall4  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m6  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m6  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall7  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1500m8  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m10  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m10  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m14  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m15  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall15  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m17  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1500m17  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m18  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m18  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall18  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall19  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall21  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m33  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall42  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Seoul 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Seoul 500m1  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 500m1  
    2023/2024 Seoul 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Beijing 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Nagoya 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Debrecen 3000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Beijing 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 3000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Beijing 500m2  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 500m2  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2023/2024 Dresden 2000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 2000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 2000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Dresden 2000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 Dordrecht 3000m Relay3  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay4  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Overall5  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m5  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m6  
    2023/2024 Dresden 500m7  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m7  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m8  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m8  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m9  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m10  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m11  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m11  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m12  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m13  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m13  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m14  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m15  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall17  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m17  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m17  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1000m17  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m17  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m18  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m18  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m18  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m22  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m23  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m24  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m25  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m28  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m29  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m30  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m30  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m31  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m31  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m32  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m37  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m38  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m43  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m47  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m53  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m63  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m66  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m74  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m78