Heather Bergsma

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Heather Bergsma (née Richardson; born March 20, 1989) is an American former speed skater who competed between 2006 and 2020.

Heather Bergsma
WSDSSC Kolomna 2016 - Richardson-Bergsma.JPG
2016 WSD Speed Skating Championships
Personal information
Birth nameHeather Richardson
Born (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 32)
High Point, North Carolina
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight149 lb (68 kg)
Spouse(s)Jorrit Bergsma
Sport
Country United States
SportSpeed skating

CareerEdit

She is a native of North Carolina. She represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she finished 6th in 500 metres, 9th in the 1000 metres, and 16th in the 1500 metres.[1] At the 2011 World Single Distance Championships in Inzell, Germany, she won a bronze medal in the 1000 metres.[2] She also placed 8th in the 500 metres,[3] and was part of the team pursuit team that finished in 8th place.[4]

On January 26–27, 2013, Bergsma won the gold medal at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, United States.[5] She has since won several world championship medals,[6] and earned numerous podium placings in the World Cup.[7] In 2018 she won a bronze medal in pyeongchang.

Bergsma is the current world record holder in the 2 x 500 meters[8] and the current American record holder on the 500 metres distance.[9] She held the 1500 metres world record from 2015 to 2019,[10] and also briefly held the 1000 metres world record in November 2015,[11] and the sprint combination world record from 2013 to 2017.[12]

She announced her retirement from skating in February 2020.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Bergsma married Dutch speed skater and marathon skater Jorrit Bergsma in May 2015, and competed as Heather Richardson-Bergsma the following season.[14]

Speed skatingEdit

RecordsEdit

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[14]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 36.90 November 16, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current American record.[9]
2 x 500 m 74.190 December 28, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[8]
1000 m 1:12.28 February 26, 2017 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:50.85 November 21, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Miho Takagi on March 10, 2019.[10]
3000 m 4:05.00 March 7, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:20.27 March 8, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary

World recordsEdit

World records[15]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
2 x 500 m 74.190 December 28, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[8]
1000 m 1:12.51 November 14, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary World record until beaten by Brittany Bowe on November 22, 2015.[11]
1500 m 1:50.85 November 21, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Miho Takagi on March 10, 2019.[10]
Sprint comb. 147.735 January 19–20, 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary World record until beaten by Nao Kodaira on February 25–26, 2017.[12]

Results timelineEdit

Season World Sprint World SD World Cup Olympic Games
2007–08 25th Did not
participate
53rd 500 m
NC 1000 m
Not held
2008–09 20th 16th 2x500 m
15th 1000 m
NC 100 m
28th 500 m
22nd 1000 m
NC 1500 m
2009–10 Did not
participate
Not held 9th 500 m
9th 1000 m
6th 2x500 m
9th 1000 m
16th 1500 m
2010–11 4th 6th 2x500 m
  1000 m
8th team pursuit
4th 500 m
  1000 m
14th 1500 m
Not held
2011–12 6th 4th 2x500 m
4th 1000 m
8th team pursuit
9th 500 m
  1000 m
21st 1500 m
2012–13   8th 2x500 m
6th 1000 m
5th 500 m
  1000 m
33rd 1500 m
2013–14   Not held   500 m
  1000 m
17th 1500 m
1st GWC
8th 2x500 m
7th 1000 m
7th 1500 m
6th team pursuit
2014–15     2x500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m
  500 m
5th 1000 m
  1500 m
30th 3k/5k
18th mass start
1st GWC
Not held
2015–16   5th 2x500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m
13th mass start
Note: NC = No classification.

[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Heather Richardson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result 1000m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 12 2011 12:48PM". International Skating Union. March 12, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result 500m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 13 2011 1:43PM". International Skating Union. March 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result Team Pursuit Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 13 2011 4:20PM". International Skating Union. March 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Essent ISU World Sprint Championships 2013 – Classification Ladies – Rankings as of Jan 27 2013 3:58PM". International Skating Union. January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Evolution of the world record 2x500 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "National Records – United States (USA)". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Evolution of the world record 1500 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record 1000 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record Sprint combination Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Heather Bergsma, world champion speed skater, retires". NBC Sports. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Heather Bergsma". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016.

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
  Yu Jing
Women's sprint combination speed skating world record
January 20, 2013 – February 26, 2017
Succeeded by
  Nao Kodaira
Preceded by
  Jenny Wolf
Women's 2 x 500 m speed skating world record
December 28, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Current holder
Preceded by
  Brittany Bowe
Women's 1000 m speed skating world record
November 14, 2015 – November 22, 2015
Succeeded by
  Brittany Bowe
Preceded by
  Brittany Bowe
Women's 1500 m speed skating world record
November 21, 2015 – March 10, 2019
Succeeded by
  Miho Takagi