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Sven Kramer
Sven Kramer

Sven Kramer during the World Allround Championships in Heerenveen in 2007


Country Netherlands
Date of birth April 23, 1986 (1986-04-23) (age 23)
Place of birth Heerenveen, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
Turned pro 2003
Website www.svenkramer.nl
Medal record
Men's speed skating
Competitor for the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver 5000 m
Silver 2006 Turin 5000 m
Bronze 2006 Turin Team pursuit
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Team pursuit
World Championships
Gold 2007 Salt Lake City 5000 m
Gold 2008 Nagano 5000 m
Gold 2009 Vancouver 5000 m
Gold 2007 Salt Lake City 10000 m
Gold 2008 Nagano 10000 m
Gold 2009 Vancouver 10000 m
Gold 2007 Heerenveen Allround
Gold 2008 Berlin Allround
Gold 2009 Hamar Allround
Gold 2007 Salt Lake City Team pursuit
Gold 2008 Nagano Team pursuit
Gold 2009 Vancouver Team pursuit
Silver 2008 Nagano 1,500 m
Bronze 2005 Moscow Allround
Bronze 2006 Calgary Allround
European Championships
Gold 2007 Collalbo Allround
Gold 2008 Kolomna Allround
Gold 2009 Heerenveen Allround
Gold 2010 Hamar All round
Silver 2005 Heerenveen Allround
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 Seinäjoki Allround
Silver 2004 Roseville Allround

Sven Kramer (born April 23, 1986 in Heerenveen) is a Dutch long track speed skater. He is the Olympic champion of the 5000 meter in Vancouver 2010. He is also the current Dutch, European and World Allround Champion. He is also the reigning world champion and world record holder in the 5,000 m, 10,000 m and the team pursuit (the latter alongside Wouter Olde Heuvel and Erben Wennemars). Before Shani Davis he was first in the Adelskalender;[1] as of March 7, 2009, he is second behind Davis.

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Personal life

Sven Kramer was born on April 23, 1986 in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands. He is the son of former speed skater Yep Kramer, and the four year older brother of speed skater Brecht Kramer. He is currently dating field hockey-player and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Naomi van As.[2]

Speed skating career

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Junior career

In the 2004 season he came in second at the Junior allround world championships.

In December 2004 he won the Dutch Allround Championships at just 18 years old and thus qualified for the European Allround Championships for the first time, where he won the silver medal. At the World Allround Championships 2005 he came in third. At the end of that season he signed a contract with the Dutch TVM-team.

Kramer set a new world record for the 5,000 m in Salt Lake City on November 19, 2005 when he was 19 years old. With his time of 6:08.78 he also entered the top 10 of the all-time world ranking, the Adelskalender. This season he became the Junior Allround champion.

Kramer stopped skating in the junior competition and became a senior speed skater when he was 20 years old.

2006 Olympic Games in Turin

On February 11, 2006, he won the silver medal in the 5,000 m at the 2006 Winter Olympic in Turin [3]. Kramer also participated in the team pursuit event. The Dutch team was favourite and was leading Italy by nearly a full second in their semifinal match-up, but Kramer stepped on a block and fell, taking Carl Verheijen with him. In the race for bronze, they defeated Norway, giving Kramer his second medal of the Games.

Kramer also competed in two other distances, the 1500 and the 10,000 meter. Due to a screw in his skate that broke just a few minutes before his race, Kramer came in 15th. The 10,000 meters did not go as planned at all and he finished in 7th. Afterward, Kramer stepped on the concrete with his skates out of frustration, damaging the blades.

Season 2005-2006

During the 2006 European Allround Championships in Hamar, Kramer got to the fourth place after a tournament full of accidents. On the first day, the ice melted and the skaters had to wait until later in the evening to continue skating.

During the 2006 World Allround Championships in Calgary, Kramer set a new world record in the 10,000 m with a time of 12:51.60. Kramer won both the two longest distances at the championships, but had to settle with bronze overall.

Season 2006-2007

In the 2006-2007 season, Sven Kramer won the first two 5000 m world cup races, the second in 6:09.78, just outside his world record time. In December 2006 he again became national allround champion, where a personal record in the 500 m, his weakest distance, gave him great prospects for the international allround championships.

On January 14, 2007, Kramer was crowned European Allround Champion in Collalbo, Italy. There had been a tight battle between Kramer and the 2006 winner Enrico Fabris. Fabris had won the two short and Kramer the two long distances, but his overall score was lower than Fabris' (148.800 to 149.389). In addition, his times in the 5 and 10 km were new world records for outdoor skating. By skating a new personal best in the 1500 m Kramer overtook fellow Dutchman Jochem Uytdehaage and Enrico Fabris on the Adelskalender. On the Adelskalender he is ranked first as of 17 November 2007.

On 11 February 2007, Kramer became world allround champion for the first time. He skated the 500 m and the 10 km in personal bests, the latter in a new world record of 12:49.88.

At the world championships of 2007 in Salt Lake City, Kramer participated in the 5000, 10000 meters and the team pursuit. He got 3 out of 3, the 10000 and the team pursuit in world records.

Skater of the year

Sven Kramer became Skater of the year. The female skater of the year was Ireen Wüst. [4]

Season 2007 - 2008

In the first competition of the season Fabris beat Kramer on the 5000 meter and Fabris set a new world record, 6.07,40. A week later Kramer got his world record back and brought it to 6.03,32.

In Kolomna, Russia, Kramer won the European Allround Championship for the second time. On the 10th of February Kramer became Worldchampion Allround in Berlin, Germany, also for the second time.

During the Essent ISU world cup in Hamar (Norway) Kramer was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Award[5] mainly due to the 4 world records he skated during 2007.

World Championships Nagano

Kramer skated four distances: 1500, 5.000, 10.000 meter and the team pursuit. On the 1500 meter Kramer skated a good race and became second before Olympic Champion Enrico Fabris and Shani Davis. Denny Morrison from Canada won the race.

On the 5.000, 10.000 meter and the team pursuit, Kramer won three golden medals, just like the year before.

Skater of the year

Kramer became Skater of the year for the second time in a row. The female skater of the year was Paulien van Deutekom.

Season 2008 - 2009

At the national championships in Heerenveen, Kramer won the 1500, 5000 and the 10000 meters; by winning these three distances he brought his national titles count up to 11.

He won gold at the national allround championships in Heerenveen, at the European allround championships in Heerenveen Kramer, and at the world allround championships in Hamar. Finally, at the world championships in Vancouver Kramer won gold on the 5,000 and 10,000 meter, and the team pursuit. For the third time, he was chosen as "skater of the year" in the Netherlands.[6]

Season 2009 - 2010

At the national championships in Heerenveen, Kramer won the 5000 and the 10000 metres. He failed to qualify for the World Cup for the 1500 metres.

At the European allround championships in Hamar in January 2010 Kramer won gold. He became the all-round European champion for the fourth year in a row[7]. He won the final 10,000 metre race from the Italian Enrico Fabris, who ended second in the overall rankings. Russia's Ivan Skobrev came third.

2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver

Kramer was the favourite to win three gold medals, like his countryman Ard Schenk at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo.[8] At the 5000 metres race of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Kramer grabbed the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 6:14.60, beating the previous time of Jochem Uytdehaage by 0.06 second.[9][10] He finished ahead of South Korean Lee Seung-Hoon and Russian Ivan Skobrev, leaving four Olympic champions, Shani Davis, Enrico Fabris, Chad Hedrick and Bob de Jong, empty-handed.

Shortly after his 5000m victory, an NBC affiliated reporter asked Sven to say his name, country and what he'd just won, to which Kramer replied "Are you stupid? Hell no, I'm not gonna do that." [11] The clip of this incident became a YouTube hit after news stories concerning the interview were published and the clip was shown on E!'s show The Soup with host Joel McHale poking fun at Kramer's apparent self righteous attitude. The question was supposedly "for tape identification" and not meant to be broadcast.

In the 10000 meter finals, Kramer finished first, with a time of 12:54.50, only to be disqualified for failing to change lanes during one of the later laps. As a result, Lee Seung-Hoon won gold with a new Olympic record, 12:58.55.[12] The lane change mistake was caused by incorrect directions shouted to Kramer by his coach, Gerard Kemkers, near the end of the race.[13][14]

Records

Personal records

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 36.17 December 27, 2009 Netherlands
Heerenveen
1,000 m 1:10.60 December 12, 2009 Netherlands
Heerenveen
Training
1,000 m 1:10.83 October 15, 2008 Germany
Inzell
1,500 m 1:43.54 December 11, 2009 United States
Salt Lake City
3,000 m 3.40,51 February 6, 2010 Canada
Richmond
5,000 m 6:03.32 November 17, 2007 Canada
Calgary
Also the World Record
10,000 m 12:41.69 March 10, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City
Also the World Record
Team Pursuit 3:37.80 March 11, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City
Also the World Record
With C.Verheijen and E.Wennemars

Source: www.svenkramer.nl [15]

World records

Currently held

Distance Time Date Location Avg. Speed
5,000 m 6:03.32 November 17, 2007 Canada
Calgary
49.54 km/h
10,000 m 12:41.69 March 10, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City
47.26 km/h
Team Pursuit 3:37.80 March 11, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City[note 1]
52.89 km/h
Notes
  1. ^ Together with Carl Verheijen and Erben Wennemars.

Progression

Distance Time Date Location
5,000 m 6:08.78 November 19, 2005 United States Salt Lake City
10,000 m 12:51.61 March 19, 2006 Canada Calgary
10,000 m 12:49.88 February 11, 2007 Netherlands Heerenveen
5,000 m 6:07.48 March 3, 2007 Canada Calgary
10,000 m 12:41.69 March 10, 2007 United States Salt Lake City
Team Pursuit 3:37.80 March 11, 2007 United States Salt Lake City[note 1]
5,000 m 6:03.32 November 17, 2007 Canada Calgary
3,000 m 3:37.15 November 17, 2007 Canada Calgary[note 2]
Notes
  1. ^ Together with Carl Verheijen and Erben Wennemars.
  2. ^ Actually a split time of the 5,000 m world record. It is not recognised as an official world record by the ISU. The official 3,000 m world record is still held by Eskil Ervik with a time of 3:37.28.

Source: www.isu.org[16]

Olympic records

Distance Time Date Location Avg. Speed
5,000 m 6:14.60 February 13, 2010 Canada
Richmond
48.04 km/h
Men's team pursuit 3:39.95 February 27, 2010 Canada
Richmond

Source: Vancouver 2010 [17] [18]

Tournament summary

year Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround Dutch Distance World Distance Olympische Spelen
Olympics
World Juniors
03/04 Silver medal icon.svg
04/05 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 16th 1500 m
4th 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg
05/06 - 4th Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 1500 m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000 m
Silver medal icon.svg 10000 m
15th 1500 m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000 m
7th 10000 m
Bronze medal icon.svg team pursuit
-
06/07 Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
Gold medal icon.svg Team Pursuit
-
07/08 Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
Silver medal icon.svg 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
Gold medal icon.svg Team Pursuit
-
08/09 Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
8th 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
Gold medal icon.svg Team Pursuit
-
09/10 np Gold medal icon.svg 10th 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000 m
13th 1500 m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000 m
DSQ 10000 m
Bronze medal icon.svg team pursuit
-
- = no participation Kramer is senior speed skater since 2006 and does not participate at junior tournaments anymore.
NP = no participation

In the World Cup, Kramer has 19 individual victories and 7 team pursuit victories; he also won the long distance World Cup in the 2006–07 and 2008-09 season. He won the overall team pursuit World Cup in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

In the 2007/2008 season, Sven won world cups in Calgary (Canada), Heerenveen (Netherlands, 1500 and 5000 meters), Hamar (Norway), and the world cup final in Heerenveen. He was not ranked first on the 5000 meters ranking, because he did not skate as many races as Håvard Bøkko, who skated all 6 world cups.

References

  1. ^ Evert Stenlund (15 February 2010). "Adelskalendern". evertstenlund.se. http://evertstenlund.se/adelm.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ Deena (14 February 2010). "Sven Kramer's Girlfriend Is Naomi van As". www.zimbio.com. http://www.zimbio.com/Naomi+van+AS/articles/0e77Dps40hY/Sven+Kramer+Girlfriend+Naomi+van. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Sven Kramer Biography". www.sports-reference.com. http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/kr/sven-kramer-1.html. Retrieved 12/02/2010. 
  4. ^ "Kramer en Wüst – natúúrlijk- schaatsers van het jaar". schaatsen.blog.nl. 14 March 2007. http://schaatsen.blog.nl/algemeen/2007/03/14/kramer-en-w-st-nat-rlijk-schaatsers-van-het-jaar. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Oscar Winners". www.skateresults.com. http://www.skateresults.com/main/oscar. Retrieved 12/02/2010. 
  6. ^ "Kramer voor derde keer de beste". Telegraaf. 18 March 2009. http://www.telegraaf.nl/telesport/schaatsen/3505137/__Kramer_voor_derde_keer_de_beste__.html?cid=rss. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Dutch skater wins fourth European title". www.rnw.nl. 10 January 2010. http://www.rnw.nl/africa/article/dutch-skater-wins-fourth-european-title. Retrieved 12/02/2010. 
  8. ^ "Sven Kramer takes speed skating gold and Olympic record". BBC News. 13 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/vancouver_2010/speed_skating/8514678.stm. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Speed skater Kramer wins first Olympic gold". NRC Handelsblad. 15 February 2010. http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2483599.ece/Speed_skater_Kramer_wins_first_Olympic_gold. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dutch sensation Kramer claims 5000m gold". Olympics on NBC. 14 February 2010. http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-features/news/newsid=414022.html. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Deena (18 February 2010). "Sven Kramer To Reporter "Are You Stupid?"". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/18/sven-kramer-to-nbc-report_n_467154.html. Retrieved 05/03/2010. 
  12. ^ "Lee wins gold; Kramer DQed for not switching lanes". ESPN. 23 February 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=4939538. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Crouse, Karen (23 February 2010). "Dutchman Loses Gold and a Record". The New York Times. http://vancouver2010.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/dutchman-loses-gold-and-a-record/. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Robertson, Grant (23 February 2010). "Blunder costs Kramer Olympic gold". The Globe and Mail. http://www.ctvolympics.ca/speed-skating/news/newsid=50348.html. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Sven Kramer Prestaties". www.svenkramer.nl. http://www.svenkramer.nl/prestaties_nl.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  16. ^ "Current speed skating records". www.isu.org. http://www.isu.org/vsite/vfile/page/fileurl/0,11040,4844-188794-206016-133581-0-file,00.pdf. Retrieved 12/02/2010. 
  17. ^ "Speed skating, Men's 5000 m". 2010 Winter Olympics. 13 February 2010. http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-speed-skating/schedule-and-results/mens-5000-m_ssm050101NX.html. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Speed skating, Men's team pursuit". 2010 Winter Olympics. 27 February 2010. http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-speed-skating/schedule-and-results/mens-team-pursuit-finals_ssm408100EM.html. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Canada Cindy Klassen
Oscar Mathisen Award
2007
Succeeded by
Canada Jeremy Wotherspoon
Preceded by
Netherlands Theo Bos
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Netherlands Maarten van der Weijden

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