Yvonne van Gennip

Yvonne van Gennip

Yvonne van Gennip (1987)
Personal information
Born (1964-05-01) 1 May 1964
Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Club IJsclub Haarlem
Turned pro 1983

Yvonne Maria Therèse van Gennip (born 1 May 1964) is one of the most successful female Dutch all-round speed skaters. Her main success dates from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where she unexpectedly won three gold medals. She was the most successful athlete at the 1988 Winter Olympics, along with Matti Nykänen of Finland.[1]

After she had injured her foot, and had surgery less than two months before the games, the East German women were heavily favoured to win the distances over 500 meters. But Van Gennip smashed the world record by almost 5 seconds to win the 3000 metres, beat her personal record by almost 4 seconds to win the 1500 metres, and was almost 7 seconds faster than her own world record time to win the 5000 metres as well.

Van Gennip participated in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as well, but did not win a medal. She won a silver medal in the 1988 world championships, and bronze medals in the 1987 and 1989 world championships.


Personal records

Personal records[2]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 41.54 19 March 1987 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 m 1:21.21 12 February 1989 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 2:00.68 27 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
3000 m 4:11.94 23 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:14.13 28 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10000 m 15:25.25 19 March 1988 Thialf, Heerenveen

World records

3000 m4:16.8519 March 1987Thialf, Heerenveen
5000 m7:20.3520 March 1987Thialf, Heerenveen
3000 m4:11.9423 February 1988Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m7:14.1328 February 1988Olympic Oval, Calgary


Yvonne van Gennip at the World Sprint Championships in 1982; start of 500 m
Olympic Games
1500 m 11th Sarajevo YUG 9 Feb 1984
1000 m 6th Sarajevo YUG 13 Feb 1984
3000 m 5th Sarajevo YUG 15 Feb 1984
3000 m Gold Calgary CAN 23 Feb 1988
1500 m Gold Calgary CAN 27 Feb 1988
5000 m Gold Calgary CAN 28 Feb 1988
1500 m NF Albertville FRA 12 Feb 1992
3000 m 6th Albertville FRA 9 Feb 1992
5000 m NS Albertville FRA 17 Feb 1992
World Allround Championships
198412thDeventerNED29 Jan.1984
19854thSarajevoYUG10 Feb.1985
19864thThe HagueNED9 Feb.1986
1987BronzeWest AllisU.S.8 Feb.1987
1988SilverSkienNOR13 Mar.1988
1989BronzeLake PlacidU.S.5 Feb.1989
19915thHamarNOR3 Feb.1991
World Sprint Championships
19824thAlkmaarNED7 Feb.1982
198325thHelsinkiFIN27 Feb.1983
198414thTrondheimNOR4 Mar.1984
198710thSainte FoyCAN1 Feb.1987
European Allround Championships
198411thMedeoURS15 Jan.1984
1985SilverGroningenNED13 Jan.1985
1986SilverGeithusNOR12 Jan.1986
1987SilverGroningenNED18 Jan.1987
1988BronzeKongsbergNOR17 Jan.1988
19895thWest Berlin15 Jan.1989
1991BronzeSarajevoYUG20 Jan.1991
19924thHeerenveenNED19 Jan.1992
World Junior Allround Championships
1981BronzeElverumNOR1 Mar.1981
1982SilverInnsbruckAUT28 Feb.1982

See also


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yvonne van Gennip.
  1. Yvonne van Gennip. Sports Reference
  2. "Yvonne van Gennip". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 6 October 2013.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Irene de Kok
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Elly van Hulst

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