Renate Groenewold

Renate Titzia Groenewold (born 8 October 1976) is a Dutch former long track speed skater and road bicycle racer.

Renate Groenewold
Renate Groenewold (08-12-2007).jpg
Groenewold in 2007
Personal information
Birth nameRenate Titzia Groenewold
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 44)[1]
Veendam, Netherlands
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight73.5 kg (162 lb)[1]
Country Netherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1997

Groenewold has won several Dutch Championships. In 1999, 2002 and 2003 she won the Dutch allround championship. At the European Allround Championships she has won various medals. Five times she came in third in the overall ranking. In 2005, she won the silver medal which was her best result at the European Championships. In 2001, she also came in third in the overall ranking on the World Allround Championships, which she won in 2004.[2]

Besides participating in the all-round championships Groenewold has participated in the championships for individual distances. Her best results there were winning the team pursuit in 2008 and the 3000 meters in 2009.

In 2002 Groenewold participated at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She won the silver medal in the 3000 m. However, on the 1500 m she fell in the second turn. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, rookie compatriot Ireen Wüst beat her to the gold on the 3000 m, leaving Groenewold with silver once more.[3]

In 2007, Groenewold joined Team DSB Bank, which was a women's professional cycling team that competed in international and UCI Women's Road World Cup events. In 2010, Groenewold competed again at the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver.[4] She was listed as one of lesbian athletes at the Games,[4] even though she never publicly came out and even denied she was a lesbian.[5][6] She retired from speed skating later that year.

After her active skating career she was a coach from 2011 until 2014.[7] In October 2018 she was appointed in the speed skating Technical Committee of the International Skating Union (ISU).[8]

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[9]
500 m 39.48 26 January 2002 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:17.16 24 February 2001 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:55.29 20 November 2005 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:55.98 16 November 2007 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:01.21 27 November 2004 Thialf, Heerenveen


  1. ^ a b c "Renate Groenewold". ESPN. 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Renate Groenewold". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ "History of the Olympic Games 3000 meters Women". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Gay Olympians: Few are out and proud
  5. ^ Kombrink Kommunicatie (18 November 2009). "So what: Ireen Wust lesbisch .. // Naast de baan" (in Dutch). Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  6. ^ Bloembergen, Jaap (13 December 2005). "Groenewold mentaal en fysiek weer de oude". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Renate Groenewold stopt als coach". NOS (in Dutch). 26 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Communication No. 2205" (PDF). International Skating Union (ISU). 18 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Renate Groenewold".

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Preceded by
Marianne Timmer
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Marianne Timmer