Netherlands at the 2014 Winter Olympics
The Netherlands competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from 7 to 23 February 2014. The Dutch team was the largest Dutch delegation at a Winter Olympics, with 41 competitors that participated in bobsleigh, short track speed skating, snowboarding, and speed skating.
|Netherlands at the|
2014 Winter Olympics
|NOC||Dutch Olympic Committee*|
Dutch Sports Federation
|Competitors||41 in 4 sports|
|Flag bearers||Jorien ter Mors (opening)|
Bob de Jong (closing)
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
With a total of 24 medals, it turned out to be the most successful Winter Games ever for the Dutch team. The Dutch team won 23 medals in speed skating and one medal in short track speed skating. Olympic speed skating records were set on the men's 5,000 metres by Sven Kramer, the men's 10,000 metres by Jorrit Bergsma, the men's team pursuit by Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij, the women's 1,500 metres by Jorien ter Mors and the women's team pursuit by Marrit Leenstra, Jorien ter Mors and Ireen Wüst. By sweeping the podium in speed skating at the men's 500 m, 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres, and the women's 1,500 m, the Netherlands became the first country in Winter Olympics history to achieve four podium sweeps at one edition of the Games.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport Edith Schippers attended the Olympics. The Holland Heineken House was the meeting place for supporters and athletes during the Olympics.
The speed skaters swept the podiums in the men's 500 metres, men's 5,000 metres, men's 10,000 metres, and the women's 1,500 metres. The Netherlands is the first country to achieve four podium sweeps at one Winter Olympics edition (beating the previous record of two which was achieved by Norway in 1924, 1928 and 1932, Soviet Union in 1964, East Germany in 1972 and 1984 and Germany in 1998).
In the women's 1,500 metres speed skating, Dutch athletes placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th; the first such result in Olympic speed skating history by athletes from a single nation.
The Dutch team consisted of 41 competitors that participated in bobsleigh (6), short track speed skating (10), snowboarding (6), and speed skating (20). It was the largest Dutch delegation ever at the Winter Olympics. It was also the first time that the Netherlands had an athlete competing in two different sports: Jorien ter Mors competed in both short track speed skating and speed skating. Jorien ter Mors was the Dutch flag bearer at the opening ceremony and Bob de Jong was the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. Maurits Hendriks was the chef de mission for the Dutch team.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total|
|Edwin van Calker*
Bror van der Zijde
|Edwin van Calker*
Bror van der Zijde
Key: * denotes pilot of each sled, = denotes multiple teams share the same rank. Source:
Short track speed skatingEdit
The Dutch short track speed skaters (10 athletes) competed in all eight short track events.
The Netherlands qualified the maximum of five skaters of each gender for the Olympics during World Cup 3 & 4 in November 2013. Four men qualified for the 500 metres, but only three were allowed to start. The selection committee of the Dutch Speed Skating Federation (KNSB) decided that Daan Breeuwsma would not compete in the 500 metres.
|Niels Kerstholt||500 m||42.441||3||Did not advance||24|
|1000 m||1:25.695||3||Did not advance||19|
|1500 m||2:13.848||1 Q||N/A||2:17.134||6||DNA||16|
|Freek van der Wart||500 m||41.190||2 Q||1:01.371||3||Did not advance||10|
|1000 m||PEN||Did not advance||—|
|Sjinkie Knegt||500 m||41.235||1 Q||41.683||1 Q||41.290||3 FB||42.608||8|
|1000 m||1:26.091||2 Q||1:25.695||2 Q||1:27.258||3 AA||1:25.611|
|1500 m||2:14.249||3 Q||N/A||2:14.677||3 FB||2:39.581||12|
Freek van der Wart
|5000 m relay||N/A||6:45.385||1 FA||6:49.149||4|
- Christiaan Bokkerink was selected as part of the relay squad but did not compete during the event.
Key: AA = Advanced to medal round due to being impeded by another skater; DNA = Did not advance; FA = Qualify to medal round; FB = Qualify to consolation round; PEN = Penalty; Q = Qualified to next round. Source:
|Jorien ter Mors||500 m||44.262||1 Q||43.572||2 Q||44.242||4 FB||44.331||6|
|1000 m||1:46.661||3 A||1:29.119||2 Q||1:30.481||3 FB||1:36.835||5|
|1500 m||2:21.626||1 Q||N/A||2:19.382||2 FA||2:19.656||4|
|Yara van Kerkhof||500 m||44.044||2 Q||43.888||3||Did not advance||11|
|1000 m||1:29.980||3||Did not advance||18|
|1500 m||2:26.809||3 Q||N/A||2:20.291||5||DNA||15|
|Lara van Ruijven||500 m||44.023||3||Did not advance||17|
|Jorien ter Mors
Sanne van Kerkhof
Yara van Kerkhof
Lara van Ruijven
|3000 m relay||N/A||PEN||DNA||—|
- Rianne de Vries was selected as part of the relay squad but did not compete during the event.
Key: A = Advanced to next round due to being impeded by another skater; DNA = Did not advance; FA = Qualify to medal round; FB = Qualify to consolation round; PEN = Penalty; Q = Qualified to next round. Source:
The Dutch snowboarders (6 athletes) competed in five of ten snowboarding events: men's halfpipe (2), women's slopestyle (1), women's parallel giant slalom (2), women's parallel slalom (2), and women's snowboard cross (1). None of the competitors advanced to the finals of their disciplines.
|Run 1||Run 2||Best||Rank||Run 1||Run 2||Best||Rank||Run 1||Run 2||Best||Rank|
|Dimi de Jong||Men's halfpipe||25.25||64.25||64.25||12||Did not advance||24|
|Dolf van der Wal||25.50||62.50||62.50||14||Did not advance||26|
|Cheryl Maas||Women's slopestyle||18.00||31.25||31.25||9 QS||30.75||14.75||30.75||12||Did not advance||20|
Key: QS = Qualify to semifinal. Source:
|Athlete||Event||Qualification||Round of 16||Quarter-final||Semi-final||Final|
|Michelle Dekker||Women's giant slalom||1:53.74||22||Did not advance||22|
|Women's slalom||1:05.66||19||Did not advance||19|
|Nicolien Sauerbreij||Women's giant slalom||1:47.22||4 Q|| Meschik (AUT)
|Did not advance||10|
|Women's slalom||1:05.69||20||Did not advance||20|
Key: L = Lost, Q = Qualify to next round. Source:
- Snowboard cross
|Run 1||Run 2||Best||Rank||Position||Position||Position||Rank|
|Bell Berghuis||Women's snowboard cross||1:28.19||1:28.70||1:28.19||22||5||Did not advance||20|
The Netherlands qualified the maximum of ten speed skaters of each gender. Individual riders were selected from the results of the Dutch Olympic Qualification Tournament, held between 27 and 30 December 2013 in Thialf, Heerenveen.
The Dutch speed skaters competed in all twelve long track events. The Netherlands dominated in speed skating, winning eight out of the 12 gold medals and a total of 23 out of 36 medals (of which any team, of course, could win a maximum of 32), with medals in all events. There were four Dutch podium sweeps at the men's 5000 m, men's 500 m, women's 1500 m and men's 10000 m. The women's 1,500 metres resulted in the Dutch women placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th; the first such result by a single nation since East Germany dominated the men's singles luge competition at the 1972 Winter Olympics.
Margot Boer, by winning the bronze medal in the women's 500 metres, won the first ever Dutch Olympic medal in that event, while Michel Mulder was the first Dutch man to win gold at the 500 metres.
|Athlete||Event||Race 1||Race 2||Final|
|Jorrit Bergsma||5000 m||N/A||6:16.66|
|10000 m||N/A||OR 12:44.45|
|Jan Blokhuijsen||1500 m||N/A||1:46.50||13|
|Stefan Groothuis||500 m||35.42||24||56.81||39||92.24||38|
|Bob de Jong||10000 m||N/A||13:07.19|
|Sven Kramer||5000 m||N/A||OR 6:10.76|
|Michel Mulder||500 m||34.63||2||34.67||2||69.312|
|Ronald Mulder||500 m||34.969||6||34.49||1||69.46|
|Jan Smeekens||500 m||34.59||1||34.72||3||69.324|
|Mark Tuitert||1000 m||N/A||1:09.29||10|
|Koen Verweij||1000 m||N/A||1:09.09||6|
|Athlete||Event||Race 1||Race 2||Final|
|Lotte van Beek||500 m||38.67||15||38.73||17||77.40||16|
|Margot Boer||500 m||37.77||5||37.71||3||75.48|
|Antoinette de Jong||3000 m||N/A||4:06.77||7|
|Carien Kleibeuker||5000 m||N/A||6:55.66|
|Marrit Leenstra||500 m||39.03||21||38.7||16||77.74||19|
|Jorien ter Mors||1500 m||N/A||OR 1:53.51|
|Yvonne Nauta||5000 m||N/A||7:01.76||6|
|Laurine van Riessen||500 m||38.645||14||38.35||9||76.99||11|
|Annouk van der Weijden||3000 m||N/A||4:05.75||5|
|Ireen Wüst||1000 m||N/A||1:14.69|
- Team pursuit
|Men's team pursuit|| France (FRA)
| Poland (POL)
| South Korea (KOR)
W 3:37.71 OR
Lotte van Beek
Jorien ter Mors
|Women's team pursuit|| United States (USA)
W 2:58.61 OR
| Japan (JPN)
W 2:58.43 OR
| Poland (POL)
W 2:58.05 OR
- Jorrit Bergsma was selected as part of the men's team pursuit squad but did not compete during the event.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander attended the Olympics, despite the recent troubled Dutch relationship with Russia. The pair was accompanied by the King's wife Queen Máxima and Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers, with the King's status as an Honorary member of the IOC adding to the significance of his visit. The visit was controversial due to the Russian anti-gay laws. On the second day of the Games, King Willem-Alexander awarded the medals to the three Dutch medalists of the men's 5000 metres speed skating during the victory ceremony at medal plaza.
During the Games, the Netherlands had a national house; the 12th edition of the Holland Heineken House. Organized by NOC*NSF and Heineken, the Dutch national house was a meeting place for Dutch supporters, athletes and other followers. The Dutch national house was located 5 km south of the Olympic Park at the Azimut Hotel Resort. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, as well as Russian president Vladimir Putin visited the Dutch national house during the Games.
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