Gianni Romme

Gianni Romme

Gianni Romme skating against Bob de Jong in 2003
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1973-02-12) 12 February 1973
Lage Zwaluwe, Netherlands
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1992
Coached by Henk Gemser
Retired 2006
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 36.97 (2002)
1000 m: 1:14.33 (1999)
1500 m: 1:47.88 (2002)
3000 m: 3:40.02 (2002)
5000 m: 6:14.70 (2004)
10 000 m: 13:03.40 (2002)

Gianni Petrus Cornelis Romme (born 12 February 1973) is a Dutch marathoner and a former long track speed skater. He won two gold medals at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and was the World allround champion in 2000 and 2003. Romme has been a coach since the 2006–07 speed skating season.


During his long track career, Romme prevailed in long distances (5000 and 10000 metres). His greatest triumphs came at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he won both events. Four years later, at the 2002 Winter Olympics, he captured the silver medal in the 10000 metre event, beaten only by compatriot Jochem Uytdehaage.

He has also won numerous gold medals at the World Single Distance Championships in both the 5000 m and the 10000 m, was two times World Allround Champion, and spent some time (118 days in total) at the top of the all-time world ranking, the Adelskalender.

As of 2006–07, Romme started his own coaching career. International speed skaters Anni Friesinger, Ralf van der Rijst and Risto Rosendahl decided to join his team. Romme himself wanted to continue his career, but announced at the opening day of the 2007 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships that he would no longer participate in long track speed skating, only in marathon speed skating.

Medal achievements

Year EC Allround Winter Olympics WC Distances WC Allround
1996-3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 10000m
1997-2nd, silver medalist(s) 5000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 10000m
1998-1st, gold medalist(s) 5000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 10000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 5000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 10000m
199915th1st, gold medalist(s) 5000m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 10000m
2000-1st, gold medalist(s) 5000m
1st, gold medalist(s) 10000m
1st, gold medalist(s)
2001-3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5000m-
2002-2nd, silver medalist(s) 10000mDQ3
20031st, gold medalist(s)-1st, gold medalist(s)
20044th3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5000m
9th 10000m
2005-4th 10000m-
- = did not participate
DQ3 = disqualification for the 3rd distance
NQ19 = did not qualify for the final distance, but was classified as 19th in the final standings.


Personal records

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 36.97 2 February 2002 Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:14.33 11 December 1999 Inzell
1500 m 1:47.88 2 February 2002 Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:40.02 3 February 2002 Salt Lake City
5000 m 6:14.70 20 November 2004 Berlin
10000 m 13:03.40 26 November 2000 Heerenveen

Source:[1] &[2]

Gianni Romme has an Adelskalender score of 149.570 points.

World records

5000 m6:30.637 December 1997Heerenveen
5000 m6:22.208 February 1998Nagano
10000 m13:15.3317 February 1998Nagano
5000 m6:21.4927 March 1998Calgary
10000 m13:08.7129 March 1998Calgary
5000 m6:18.7230 January 2000Calgary
3000 m3:42.7511 August 2000Calgary
10000 m13:03.4026 November 2000align=left Heerenveen



  1. "Gianni Romme Personal best". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  2. "Gianni Romme". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. "Gianni Romme". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
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Preceded by
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Japan Hiroyasu Shimizu
Preceded by
Netherlands Marcel Wouda
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Netherlands Pieter van den Hoogenband
Preceded by
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Gerard van Velde
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