Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 30 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What is the (nick)name of the ice stadium the Olympic skaters used in Lillehammer, 1994?||Olympic Speed Skating
Vikingskipet. It's called that way because it's looks a bit like a ship that is turned upside down. Vikingskipet means 'ship of the Vikings'.
|He is a living legend in his home country. This sprinter stopped with professional skating in 1997 because of the clap-skates and the fact that he always became fourth. In 2000 he returned on the ice, but again the fourth place was for him the highest ranking, until he got gold on the Salt Lake Olympic 1000 metres in a fabulous new world record. Who is he?||Olympic Speed Skating
|The first winner of Olympic Gold on the 1000 metres men was the coach of which country at the 2002 Olympics?||Olympic Speed Skating
The Netherlands. Peter Mueller is his name. In 1998 he brought Marianne Timmer to the gold. Now he is training the commercial 'Spaar Select' team.
1988, Calgary. It became clear quite soon that a covered hall was faster. In Calgary eight world records were broken during the Olympics!
Eric Heiden. Eric Heiden is the only skater to ever win all five distances. It happened in 1980, Lake Placid. People said that the records he set would never be broken. By the way, Eric said no thanks to carrying the Olympic torch. He only wanted to light the Olympic flame, for the rest he was 'too important'.
|What was the sponsor of the outfits that the Dutch and the American were wearing during the Olympics?||Olympic Speed Skating
|How many world records were broken in the Olympic Oval of Salt Lake City during the Olympics?||Olympic Speed Skating
8 . All records were broken at these Olympics, except two: both 500 metres men and women times kept standing. The most impressive world record fell on the 10 kilometres men, Jochme Uytdehaage from Holland was the first to cross the 13 minute barriere to set a astounding record of 12.58.94.
Jochem Uytdehaage (HOL). Jochem Uytdehaage beat the rest in a spectacular world record of 6.14.66. Derek Parra became second, the German Jens Boden got the bronze.
Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt (GER). Garbrecht won silver, Lemay won gold and Voelker came third. Chris Witty was champion on the 1000 m.
Yes. It was Bart Veldkamp, originally a Dutchman, who took bronze for Belgium in 1998 in Nagano. He became a Belgian because the competition in his home country was too much for him.
|I am a Dutch skater who used to ride marathons. Shortly before the 2002 Olympics, I decided to compete on the long distance race of 5 kilometres. I injured myself severly after winning a medal by jumping up and down at the party at the Holland House. Who am I?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Greta Smit. All four still competed in 2003. Jenita, who is a former marathon skater as well as her sister, started competing in the 5 kilomtres races as well.
|The Dutch, as soon as the temperatures drop, they start dreaming of a 200 kilometres long skating event, that will take thousands of people on skates across the province of Friesland. I am therefore not a person, but a race. What am I called?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Elfstedentocht. Although it is a marathon ride, and also perhaps meant for lunatics, more people want to compete than is possible to let skate at one time. Alas the waters are not frozen over every year or every few years, so the Dutch have to wait patiently each winter for a period of severe cold.
|At a young age I won many European and World Championships, but as I grew older my success diminished. I have no connection to the brandname for skates, even though we share our name. Who am I?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Falko Zandstra. Falko Zandstra tried and tried but never became as successful as he was before. Rintje Ritsma took the reigns and until now was a successful speed skater. Leo Visser, former champion, became an airline pilot, while Bart Veldkamp competed for Belgium.
|I am a Canadian speed skater, who used to play ice hockey. When I didn't make the Olympics, I decided to opt for speed skating. Who am I?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Cindy Klassen. Le May-Doan is a Canadian speed skater as well. Tonny de Jong is a former champion of Dutch origin, who moved to Canada. Jennifer Rodriguez is from the United States.
|I am a German winner of many speed skating trophies. I have a younger brother and sister who skate too, but are less succesful. Can you tell my name?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Anni Friesinger. Brother Jan competes internationally too. The younger sister may be a talent for the future. Friesinger's biggest rival is Claudia Pechstein, who in crucial races like the Olympics, tends to be more successful. Monique Garbrecht is a sprinter. Karin Kania was successful in the 80s.
|I am a tiny Japanese sprinter who took many a title on the 500 metres, but in the world championships 500m in Berlin 2003, was beaten by Jeremy Wotherspoon. What is my name?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Hirujashu Shimizu. Shimizu has been competing for many years, and still is unbelievably fast. If not injured and in good shape, nobody can beat him. Shinzi Ono is a Japanese soccer player, who plays for Feijenoord Rotterdam. The other two are not Japanese.
|In women's speed skating, the German contestants have been superior in the past decades. I however became, 'Queen of Calgary' in 1988. What is my name?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Yvonne van Gennip. Yvonne van Gennip from Haarlem, The Netherlands, always lost against the skaters from Eastern Germany. Just before the Olympics in 1988 she got injured and was forced to take a rest. The rest worked miraculously. Free of all worries and expectations, she brought the Dutch to heights, beating Karin Kania three times at the Olympics in Calgary.
|I am an American speed skater who won many sprint tournaments in the 90s, but never seemed to succeed at the Olympics, until my very final race. Can you guess my name?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Dan Jansen. The American Eric Heiden was unbeatable in the early 80s, as he could sprint and do the long distance races. Jeremy Wotherspoon is a well known Canadian sprinter.
|As a lot of famous speed skaters, I was born Dutch. I however took on the French nationality so I could continue my career when the competition in The Netherlands got too fierce. What is my name?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Hans van Helden. In any sport as you grow older, the young ones tend to catch up with you and eventually become better than you. When Hans van Helden was no longer one of the top skaters in Holland, he decided to compete for France. Years later Bart Veldkamp made a similar move: he moved to compete for Belgium.
|I am a legendary Dutch skater who lost the European championships, claiming I fell over some bird-droppings. Who am I?||Speed Skating - Who Am I?
Hilbert van der Duim. Hilbert van der Duim was legendairy and not only for his achievements. He has lost 'sure' championships making mistakes like forgetting to change lanes, or falling over bird-droppings.
Sven Kramer. Sven had won the world speed skating championships 3 times in a row in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Rintje Ritsma. This is one of the most successful Dutch speed skaters. He became 4 times World Champion Allround, 6 times European allround champion, and won 2 silver and 4 bronze medals during 3 Olympics.
Johan Olav Koss. Koss became world champion in 1990, 1991, and 1994. In 1992, he won Olympic gold in the 1500 meter and silver on the 10,000 meter. During the Olympics in 1994 at Lillehammer, he won 3 gold medals on the 1500, 5000, and 10,000 meter.
Nikolaj Goeljajev. Goeljajev later became Olympic champion on the 1500 meters in Calgary in 1988.
Eric Heiden. Heiden is an absolute legend in the world of speed skating. He became 3 times World Champion Allround, 4 times world champion sprint, and he won 5 gold medals during the Olympic Games of Lake Placid in 1980.
Ard Schenk. This speed skating legend won 3 times the World Championship Allround in 1970, 1971, and 1972. He won 3 gold medals during the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo.
Kees Verkerk. He became world champion in 1966 and 1967, and is one of the famous Dutch speed skaters of the 60s.
Clas Thunberg. He had an enormous honour list. He became world champion 5 times, 4 times European champion allround, and he won 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal during the Olympics of Chamonix in 1924, and Sankt Moritz 1928.
Oscar Mathisen. Oscar Mathiesen became world champion in 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913 and finally 1914. He was the most successful Norwegian speed skater in the allround championships.
Jaap Eden. This Dutch speed skater was the first official world champion when he was 19. He became world champion two times more in 1895 and 1896.