Jan Jelte Ykema (born 18 April 1963) is a former ice speed skater from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at two consecutive Winter Olympics, starting in 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. In 1988 (Calgary) he won the silver medal in the men's 500 metres. The same year he won all of his three World Cup races. A year later Ykema retired from international competition to work in real estate business. During his career he won three national sprint titles (1982, 1987 and 1988) and three distance titles.[1]

Jan Ykema
Wereldkampioenschappen schaatsen heren sprint in Alkmaar. Nederlandse deelnemer , Bestanddeelnr 931-9534.jpg
Jan Ykema in 1982
Personal information
Born (1963-04-18) 18 April 1963 (age 58)
Harlingen, Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportSpeed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1984 Winter Olympics
1988 Winter Olympics
Medal record

After retiring from skating, Ykema became addicted to cocaine, and this addiction lasted for about 15 years.[1] After he recovered he started giving lessons at secondary schools about his addiction.[2]

In 2008 he returned to competitive speed skating as assistant coach for the APPM team.[1]

RecordsEdit

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 meter 36.76 14 February 1988 Calgary
1000 meter 1:14.24 6 December 1987 Calgary
1500 meter 1:59.11 20 March 1988 Heerenveen
3000 meter 4:40.92 10 December 1979 Alkmaar
5000 meter 8:23.10 18 November 1979 Groningen
10000 meter 16:27.30 20 February 1982 Inzell

Source:[3]


World recordsEdit

Nr. Event Result Date Location Notes
1. 1000 meter (juniors) 1:17.78 30 January 1981 Davos Junior world record until 31 January 1981
2. 500 meter (juniors) 38.42 31 January 1981 Davos Junior world record until 23 January 1982
3. 1000 meter (juniors) 1:17.49 31 January 1981 Davos Junior world record until 23 March 1983
4. Sprint combination (juniors) 155.935 31 January 1981 Davos Junior world record until 11 March 1984

Tournament overviewEdit

Season Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
Dutch
Championships
Sprint
Olympic
Games
World
Championships
Sprint

1980–1981

4th 500m
6th 1000m
8th 500m
7th 1000m
5th overall
GRENOBLE

23rd 500m
26th 1000m
23rd 500m
22nd 1000m
20th overall

1981–1982

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
ALKMAAR

30th 500m
5th 1000m
8th 500m
13th 1000m
28th overall
1982–1983 6th 500m
  1000m
5th 500m
8th 1000m
6th overall

1983–1984

  500m
5th 1000m
6th 500m
14th 1000m
5th overall
SARAJEVO

14th 500m
20th 1000m
TRONDHEIM

12th 500m
20th 1000m
25th 500m
17th 1000m
18th overall

1984–1985

  500m
  1000m
  500m
21st 1000m
12th overall

1985–1986

  500m
4th 1000m
  500m
  overall
KARUIZAWA

12th 500m
8th 1000m
9th 500m
32nd 1000m
31st overall

1986–1987

4th 500m
22nd 1000m

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
QUEBEC CITY

18th 500m
22nd 1000m
10th 500m
25th 1000m
18th overall

1987–1988

  500m
  1000m

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
CALGARY

  500m
DNS 1000m
WEST ALLIS

10th 500m
  1000m
7th 500m
8th 1000m
6th overall

1988–1989

  500m
  1000m

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

16th 500m
10th 1000m
15th 500m
5th1000m
12th overall

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Jan Ykema Archived 2012-12-14 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Friesch Dagblad (Dutch), 2 October 2007
  3. ^ https://speedskatingresults.com/index.php?p=17&s=85094
  4. ^ "Skater Profile | Jan Ykema | Men | Netherlands".
Olympic Games
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