Kirsten van der Kolk

Kirsten Irene Merian van der Kolk (born 18 December 1975, in Haarlem) is a rower from the Netherlands.[2]

Kirsten van der Kolk
Kirsten van der Kolk (2008-08-25).jpg
Medal record
Women's rowing
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing LW2x[1]
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens LW2x

Together with Marit van Eupen she participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where they finished in sixth position in the lightweight double sculls.[2] Four years later, they took part in Athens at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where they won the bronze medal.[2] After those Olympics she retired from rowing and gave birth to a child. Less than one year before the 2008 Summer Olympics, she decided to return and became a team again with Marit van Eupen, who had become three times world champion in the non-Olympic lightweight single sculls (LW1x) during the absence of van der Kolk. In 2008, they came second in the Rowing World Cup meeting in Luzern and they qualified themselves for their third Olympics. On 17 August 2008, they won Olympic gold.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lightweight double sculls women". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Athlete biography: Kirsten van der Kolk[permanent dead link],, retrieved: 6 August 2008

External linksEdit