skating

Skating on natural ice in Zevenhuizen
Jan 17 '19 08:46

The Netherlands is in for cold weather in the coming week, with night time temperatures dropping below zero and maximums climbing to only just above freezing. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, starting from Thursday evening. 

Thursday will be partly cloudy with winter showers, which may be accompanied by thunderstorms, according to the KNMI. In the afternoon there is a chance of wet snow. Between the showers, maximums will climb to around 5 degrees. During the showers, the temperature can drop to 1 degree Celsius. 

Mark Prinsen, Sjinkie Knegt, short track speed skating
Jan 11 '19 14:50

Sjinkie Knegt sustained severe burns when lighting the wood stove in his home in Bantega, Friesland on Thursday. The 29-year-old short-track skater was rushed to a hospital in Groningen by ambulance, NOS reports.

Jan Ykema, 18 December 1983
Dec 19 '18 12:50

Two former Dutch skaters say that they were offered doping by union doctor Rob Pluijmers of the KNSB in the 1980s. In one case the doctor even provided the prohibited drug, the skaters said to the Volkskrant.

Carlijn Schouten places for Olympic Games for team USA
Jan 3 '18 14:00

Dutch-American skater Carlijn Schoutens will be taking part in the Olympic Games on behalf of the United States. The 23-year-old skater placed with a 3 thousand meters winning time of 4.14,03 in Milwaukee on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Schoutens was born in the U.S., but moved to the Netherlands at a young age. She's skated for the Netherlands several times since, but decided to skate under the American flag since the 2014/2015 season.

"This has been a goal for me for a long time. The fact that I achieved it is incredible" Schouten said on Tuesday. 

Jan Smeekens
Feb 10 '17 12:35

Dutch skater Jan Smeekens won the gold medal in the World Championships Single Distance 500 meters at the Gangneung Olympic track on Friday. He is the first Dutch ever to win gold for 500 meters, NU.nl reports.

Smeekens finished with a time of 34.58, winning his gold medal. Nico Ihle (Germany) took silver with 34.66 and Ruslan Murashov (Russia) took bronze with 34.76. 

The 500 meters Single Distance was first raced in 1996. Since then the gold medal went to Japan seven times, South Korea five times, Canada three times, Russia twice and now once to the Netherlands. 

First natural ice skating marathon of the season in Noordlaren, Groningen, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 15:40

Lisa van der Geest and Simon Schouten won the season's first skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, Groningen on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

The women started at 10:00 a.m. with 80 laps on the 333 meter track. After some skirmishes in the first half hour, a strong leading group of eight skaters separated themselves. 23-year-old Van der Geest won. After 80 laps she was the leader of a group of eight who were a lap ahead of the rest of the racers. Emma Engbers got second place, and Irene Schouten - Simon Schouten's sister - took third place. 

Skater Sven Kramer (center) wins European Championships all-round title, 9th win this winter
Jan 9 '17 08:04

Skater Sven Kramer took the European all-round title on Sunday. This is the ninth individual victory for the three-time Olympic champion this winter, NU.nl reports. 

"This is one of my best", Kramer said on Sunday. "The great atmosphere, every day packed grandstands in the new Thialf, it was a fantastic skating weekend."

collegas-op-straat
Jan 9 '17 07:33

Bert Jonker, director of engineering company Clafis, and his family are in hiding after Jonker was the victim of a shooting in Heerenveen on Saturday. Jonker was shot in the hand in the parking lot of the Thialf skating stadium.

The decision to move Jonker and his family to a secret address was made because the suspected gunman in the shooting is still at large, NU.nl reports. The police call on him to turn himself in.

Jul 26 '13 05:59

Four major regions of the skating association KNSB have started lobbying against Icedôme in Almere. This was reported by Omroep Flevoland. They want the KNSB to choose for a combination of the proposals for a new race and training location of Heerenveen and Zoetermeer.

The regions of Zuid Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Friesland want the games to be held in Heerenveen and the training should be done in Zoetermeer. This would put Icedôme out of the picture of the provisional award of the KSNB, which will make the choice this week.

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