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Hanne Desmet


SportShort Track
Born26 Oct 1996 in Wilrijk 
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, French
ResidenceMechelen, BEL
Higher educationBusiness, Engineering - University of Hasselt: Belgium
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.941 07 Feb 2022 Beijing  
    1000m 1:26.982 04 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:18.711 16 Feb 2022 Beijing  
    3000m 5:07.438 13 Jan 2019 Dordrecht  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1000m     1  
World Championships
World Championships
    1000m   1    
European Championships
European Championships
    1000m 1      
    1500m   1    
    2000m Relay   1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamIce Diamonds Antwerp [IDA]: Belgium  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer younger brother Stijn represented Belgium in short track at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2022;, 25 Feb 2016)  
Awards and honoursShe received the 2015 Sports Merit Trophy in Wilrijk, Belgium. (, 25 Feb 2016)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachIngmar van Riel [national]  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn January 2022 she contracted a bacterial infection in her left leg. (, 11 Feb 2022;, 11 Jan 2022)

The early part of her 2021/22 season was disrupted by a concussion and a problem in her vestibular system [inner ear] that affected her balance. The effects of her concussion prevented her from competing at the 2021 World Cup event in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (, 11 Feb 2022;, 17 Jan 2022;, 25 Nov 2021;, 06 Oct 2021)

In December 2020 a back injury forced her to withdraw from the 1000m A-final at the International Invitation Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands. She had struggled with the injury since September 2020. (, 06 Dec 2020;, 22 Oct 2020)

She broke her collarbone in 2016 and missed the start of the 2016/17 season. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019;, 09 Mar 2017)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe followed her brother into the sport. "My brother always wanted to skate. When I was 11 years old, I followed him and skating did not let us go."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age 11 with the Ice Racing Team Antarctica club in Wilrijk, Belgium.  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning bronze in the 1000m at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 15 Feb 2022)  
Most influential person in careerHer mother. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't worry, be happy." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
She has spent time training in the Netherlands with Dutch short track skater and Olympic champion, Suzanne Schulting. Desmet and her brother, Stijn, were first offered the chance to train in the Netherlands in 2018 by Dutch coach, Jeroen Otter. "Of course, we were immediately very enthusiastic. We also moved to Heerenveen, and we were very well received. We had to make great efforts to align ourselves to their level and be able to participate, that's clear. But Jeroen Otter thought we were strong enough to train with the best. From there, you progress very quickly and you can reach the top level." (, 15 Feb 2022)
MilestonesShe became the first short track skater representing Belgium to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games by claiming bronze in the women's 1000m at the 2022 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2022;, 15 Feb 2022;, 11 Feb 2022)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1500m2  
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m2  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m3  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1500m4  
    2022/2023 World Championships 2000m Relay4  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m4  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m4  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m4  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall5  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m5  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m5  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m5  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall5  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m6  
    2022/2023 European Championships 500m6  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m7  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall8  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m9  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall10  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m10  
    2022/2023 World Championships 500m10  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m11  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m11  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m11  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m13  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m13  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m13  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall13  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m14  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m15  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m15  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall15  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall17  
    2021/2022 World Championships Overall17  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m18  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m18  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall18  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m19  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall19  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m20  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m21  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m21  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m22  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall23  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m24  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m25  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall25  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m26  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m26  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall26  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m27  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall27  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m28  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 1500m1  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m2  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Montreal, QC 2000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m3  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall3  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m4  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m5  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m5  
    2022/2023 Dresden 2000m Relay5  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m5  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m6  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m7  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m7  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m9  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m9  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m9  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m10  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m12  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay13  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m15  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m15  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m15  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m16  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m17  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m21  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m24  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m27  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m27  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m30  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m31  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m34  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m34  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m35  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m37  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m40  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m44  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m47  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m49  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m51  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m67