Hein Vergeer

Henricus Coenradus Nicolaas "Hein" Vergeer (born 2 May 1961) is a Dutch former speed skater who became both European and World Allround Champion in both 1985 (in which year he also became National Sprint Champion) and 1986 (in which year he also became National Allround Champion).

Hein Vergeer
Hein Vergeer 1985b.jpg
Hein Vergeer in 1985
Personal information
Birth nameHenricus Coenradus Nicolaas Vergeer
NationalityDutch
Born (1961-05-02) 2 May 1961 (age 60)
Haastrecht, Netherlands
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1980
Coached byHenk Gemser
Retired1988
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m: 37.79 (1987)
1000 m: 1:14.62 (1988)
1500 m: 1:53.88 (1987)
3000 m: 4:01.21 (1987)
5000 m: 6:54.91 (1986)
10 000 m: 14:39.05 (1986)
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Men's Speed Skating
World Allround Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Hamar Allround
Gold medal – first place 1986 Inzell Allround
European Allround Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Eskilstuna Allround
Gold medal – first place 1986 Oslo Allround
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Trondheim Allround

Hein Vergeer was a dominant allround skater, but after recovering from an injury, he was never able to reach that same level again. Because of this, he was unable to fulfil his wish of winning an Olympic medal – at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Vergeer competed in the 500 m, the 1,000 m, and the 1,500 m, but his best result was a mere fifteenth place. He had also competed in those same three distances at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo four years earlier, but did not do much better than with a tenth place as his best result. Unfortunately for Vergeer, his best years were in between those two Winter Olympics.[1]

Despite his dominance, Vergeer never managed to skate any world records. This could label him as a "true" all-round skater – very good at all distances, but never the best in any single distance.

Vergeer lived during his skating years in Haastrecht, a town where Leo Visser, another former World Champion speed skating, also used to live. Both skaters used to train at the skating club STV Lekstreek.

Back in the days of Vergeer's dominance, speed skating was not very lucrative, so Vergeer did what many other top skaters in those days did – he used his fame as a stepping stone to a career in marketing and communication. Vergeer currently is an advisor of several ventures and he organises events.

In 2006 and 2007, Vergeer participated in the Holiday on Ice show called Fantasy.

Personal recordsEdit

To put these personal records in perspective, the last column (Notes) lists the official world records on the dates that Vergeer skated his personal records.

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 meter 37.79 14 February 1987 Heerenveen 36.57
1000 meter 1:14.62 18 February 1988 Calgary 1:12.58
1500 meter 1:53.88 21 March 1987 Heerenveen 1:52.70
3000 meter 4:01.21 19 March 1987 Heerenveen 4:03.22
5000 meter 6:54.91 15 February 1986 Inzell 6:49.15
10000 meter 14:39.05 16 February 1986 Inzell 14:21.51
Big combination 161.936 16 February 1986 Inzell 160.807

Source:[2]

Note that Vergeer's personal record on the 3000 meter was not a world record because Leo Visser skated 3:59.27 that same day at the same tournament. Also note that when Vergeer set his personal record on the 10000 meter Geir Karlstad set a new world record of 14:12.14 that same day at the same tournament.

Vergeer has an Adelskalender score of 161.193 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a seventh place. The Adelskalender is an all-time allround speed skating ranking.

Tournament overviewEdit

Season Dutch
Championships
Allround
Dutch
Championships
Sprint
Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
European
Championships
Allround
Olympic
Games
World
Championships
Allround
World
Championships
Sprint
World
Championships
Junior
Allround
1979–1980
ASSEN

12th 500m
10th 3000m
21st 1500m
10th 5000m
12th overall
1980–1981 8th 500m
12th 5000m
12thth 1500m
10th 10000m
10th allround
1981–1982   500m
10th 5000m
  1500m
8th 10000m
7th overall

1982–1983

  500m
11th 5000m
6th 1500m
11th 10000m
8th overall

  500m
5th 1000m
4th 500m
  1000m
  overall
HELSINKI

10th 500m
9th 1000m
9th 500m
15th1000m
10th overall

1983–1984

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
SARAJEVO

13th 500m
10th 1000m
12th 1500m
TRONDHEIM

18th 500m
11th 1000m
13th 500m
8th 1000m
11th overall

1984–1985

  500m
5th 5000m
  1500m
5th 10000m
  overall

  500m
  1000m
4th 500m
  1000m
  overall
ESKILSTUNA

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
5th 10000m
  overall
HAMAR

6th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
8th 10000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

9th 500m
4th 1000m
13th 500m
14th 1000m
7th overall

1985–1986

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
6th 10000m
  overall

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  overall
OSLO

  500m
7th 5000m
  1500m
4th 10000m
  overall
INZELL

  500m
16th 5000m
18th 1500m
7th 10000m
  overall
KARUIZAWA

  500m
16th 1000m
18th 500m
7th 1000m
16th overall

1986–1987

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall

  1500m
  5000m
TRONDHEIM

  500m
5th 5000m
  1500m
14th 10000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

6th 500m
18th 5000m
6th 1500m
14th 10000m
10th overall

1987–1988

7th 500m
  1000m
7th 500m
  1000m
  overall

  1000m
  1500m
THE HAGUE

  500m
11th 5000m
  1500m
15th 10000m
5th overall
CALGARY

24th 500m
15th 1000m
27th 1500m

Source:[3]

Medals wonEdit

Championship Gold
 
Silver
 
Bronze
 
Dutch Allround 2 1 0
Dutch Sprint 2 2 1
Dutch Single Distances 1 2 1
European Allround Classification 2 0 1
World Allround Classification 2 0 0

MedalsEdit

 
Hein Vergeer with coach Henk Gemser during a 10000 m race at the national championships in 1985.jpg
 
Hein Vergeer is marrying Carolien Kruisinga on 4 July 1986

An overview of medals won by Vergeer at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:

Championship Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics
World Allround 1985
1986
World Sprint
World Cup 1987 (1500 m)
European Allround 1985
1986
1987
Dutch Allround 1986
1987
1985
Dutch Sprint 1984
1985
1983
1986
1988
Dutch Single Distance 1987 (5000 m) 1987 (1500 m)
1988 (1000 m)
1988 (1500 m)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hein Vergeer Archived 2012-12-16 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "SS - Records". isu.html.infostradasports.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  3. ^ Hagen (https://www.speedskatingnews.info), L. "Skater Profile | Hein Vergeer | Men | Netherlands". SpeedSkatingNews. Retrieved 2021-07-23.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Gaétan Boucher
Oscar Mathisen Award
1985
Succeeded by
  Geir Karlstad
Preceded by
  Joop Zoetemelk
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
  Ruud Gullit