Stefan Groothuis

Stefan Groothuis (born 23 November 1981) is a retired Dutch speed skater. He is the World Sprint Champion for 2012 and the gold medal winner in the 1000 metres at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[2]

Stefan Groothuis
Stefan Groothuis (2009-01-04).jpg
Groothuis in 2009
Personal information
Born (1981-11-23) 23 November 1981 (age 39)
Empe, Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Websitewww.stefangroothuis.nl
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro2003
Retired2016
Medal record
Men's speed skating
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi 1000 m
World Sprint Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Calgary Sprint
World Single Distance Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Heerenveen 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Inzell 1000 m
Dutch Sprint Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Assen Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2009 Heerenveen Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2010 Groningen Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerenveen Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2012 Heerenveen Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2013 Groningen Sprint
Dutch Single Distance Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Heerenveen 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2010 Heerenveen 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2012 Heerenveen 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2012 Heerenveen 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 2007 Heerenveen 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2011 Heerenveen 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Heerenveen 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Heerenveen 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Heerenveen 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Heerenveen 1500 m

CareerEdit

Groothuis, a specialist in the middle distances (1000 and 1500 metres), had his international breakthrough in 2005. In that year he reached a second spot during the Speed Skating World Cup meeting in Salt Lake City competing in the 1000 metres. This earned him a nomination for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. During the Dutch Single Distance Championships in December 2005, he switched this nomination into a qualification by placing fourth behind Jan Bos, Erben Wennemars, and Beorn Nijenhuis, who all qualified as well.

In January, 2006, Groothuis surprisingly became the Dutch national sprint champion, finishing first in two 500 metres and two 1000 metres races, outsprinting common names like Gerard van Velde, Nijenhuis, and Wennemars. A month later at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Groothuis would finish in eighth position in the 1000 metres. His time of 1:09.57 was 0.68 behind the winner Shani Davis.

In the 2010-2011 World Cup season, Groothuis would win the 1000 metre overall World Cup, dethroning perennial winner Shani Davis. He would also lead the 2011-2012 1000 metre standings going into the final race, but would be beaten out in the season finale by Davis and also just edged for the season 1000 title by Davis as a result.

At the 2012 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Groothuis won the gold medal. His point total of 136.810 broke the world record for the sprint combination held by Jeremy Wotherspoon. He also won gold in the 1000 metres at the World Single Distance Championships that year.

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 34.55 21 January 2012 Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:06.96 29 January 2012 Calgary
1500 m 1:43.48 4 December 2009 Calgary
3000 m 3:53.72 16 March 2001 Calgary
5000 m 6:54.59 20 March 2002 Calgary
10000 m 14:41.70 21 March 2002 Calgary

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[3]

World recordEdit

Nr. Event Result Date Location Note
1. Sprint combination 136.810 29 January 2012 Calgary World record until 28 January 2013

Tournament overviewEdit

Season Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
Dutch
Championships
Sprint
World
Championships
Sprint
World
Championships
Single
Distances
Olympic
Games
World
Cup
GWC
World
Championships
Junior
Allround

2000–2001

18th 500m
25th 1000m
GRONINGEN

7th 500m
12th 3000m
  1500m
12th 5000m
6th overall
2001–2002 11th 500m
6th 1000m
12th 1500m
11th 500m
6th 1000m
9th 500m
9th 1000m
7th overall
2002–2003 8th 500m
4th 1000m
16th 1500m
8th 500m
6th 1000m
9th 500m
5th 1000m
6th overall
29th 1000m
2003–2004 7th 500m
9th 1000m
22nd 1500m
8th 500m
6th 1000m
11th 500m
8th 1000m
8th overall
2004–2005 6th 500m
7th 1000m
5th 1500m
7th 500m
6th 1000m
7th 500m
6th 1000m
4th overall
24th 1000m
34th 1500m

2005–2006

4th 1000m
8th 1500m

5th 500m
  1000m
8th 500m
  1000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

30th 500m
11th 1000m
31st 500m
7th 1000m
17th overall
TURIN

8th 1000m

9th 1000m
2006–2007 6th 500m
  1000m
8th 1500m
7th 500m
  1000m
8th 500m
5th 1000m
5th overall
45th 500m
5th 1000m
9th 1500m
2007–2008

2008–2009

4th 500m
  1000m
5th 1500m

  500m
  1000m
4th 500m
  1000m
  overall
MOSCOW

30th 500m
  1000m
12th 500m
5th 1000m
17th overall
VANCOUVER

15th 500m
4th 1000m
7th 1500m

27th 100m
19th 500m
  1000m
9th 1500m

2009–2010

4th 500m
  1000m
  1500m

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
VANCOUVER

4th 1000m
16th 1500m

23rd 500m
  1000m
6th 1500m

2010–2011

  500m
  1000m
  1500m

  500m
  1000m
  500m
  1000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

  500m
  1000m
12th 500m
  1000m
4th overall
INZELL

  1000m

15th 500m
  1000m
  1500m

2011–2012

  500m
  1000m
  1500m

  500m
  1000m
9th 500m
  1000m
  overall
CALGARY

9th 500m
  1000m
12th 1500m
  1000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

  1000m
5th 1500m

15th 500m
  1000m
6th 1500m
  GWC

2012–2013

8th 500m
7th 1000m

5th 500m
  1000m
4th 500m
  1000m
  overall
SALT LAKE CITY

18th 500m
4th 1000m
25th 500m
17th 1000m
17th overall
SOCHI

8th 1000m

7th 1000m
24th 1500m

2013–2014

6th 500m
4th 1000m
7th 1500m

8th 500m
12th 1000m
8th 500m
  1000m
6th overall
SOCHI

38th 500m
  1000m
12th 1500m

41st 500m
8th 1000m
22nd 1500m

2014–2015

10th 500m
  1000m
11th 1500m

11th 500m
  1000m
13th 500m
8th 1000m
5th overall
HEERENVEEN

6th 1000m

4th 1000m

2015–2016

9th 500m
  1000m
  1500m
KOLOMNA

14th 1000m
14th 1500m

32nd 1000m

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[3][4]

World Cup overviewEdit

Season 500 meter
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007 3rd(b)
2007–2008
2008–2009 12th 17th 15th 17th 15th 14th 12th 14th 16th 9th 19th
2009–2010 11th 17th 12th 18th 11th(b) DNF 14th 8th
2010–2011 6th 7th 16th 13th 20th 16th 12th 10th 5th
2011–2012 5th 12th   12th 8th 4th
2012–2013 13th(b) -
2013–2014 11th(b) 3rd(b)
2014–2015
2015–2016
Season 1000 meter
2002–2003 18th 17th 16th 18th
2003–2004
2004–2005 21st 20th 1st(b) 3rd(b)
2005–2006   16th 7th DQ 18th   5th
2006–2007 7th 5th 18th 5th   6th 6th 6th 4th 11th
2007–2008
2008–2009   6th         6th 4th
2009–2010 DNF 1st(b) 4th      
2010–2011   5th        
2011–2012     4th       4th
2012–2013 7th 8th    
2013–2014 10th DQ 7th   6th
2014–2015 9th   6th 11th 6th   10th
2015–2016 DQ 5th(b) 3rd(b)
Season 1500 meter
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005 3rd(b)
2005–2006
2006–2007 1st(b) 8th 5th
2007–2008
2008–2009 10th   8th 11th 5th
2009/–010 4th   17th 5th 5th
2010–2011 4th   9th 4th  
2011–2012   6th 12th   5th 15th
2012–2013 19th 1st(b) 18th
2013–2014 3rd(b) 11th 11th
2014–2015
2015–2016
– = Did not participate
(b) = Division B
DQ = Disqualified
DNF = Did not finish

Medals wonEdit

Championship Gold
 
Silver
 
Bronze
 
Dutch Single Distances 4 3 4
Dutch Sprint 6 0 0
World Sprint 1 0 0
World Single Distances 1 0 1
World Cup 500m 0 0 1
World Cup 1000m 8 12 6
World Cup 1500m 1 2 3
World Cup classification 1 2 2
Olympic Games 1 0 0

Career highlightsEdit

  • 2001, 6th, Junior World Championships
  • 2002, 6th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2002, 7th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2003, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2003, 6th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2004, 6th, 500 metres and 9th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2004, 8th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2005, 5th, 1500 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 7th, 1000 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2005, 4th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 1500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2006, 1st, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 8th, 1000 metres, 2006 Winter Olympics
  • 2006, 9th, 1000 metres, World Cup
  • 2007, 2nd, 1000 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 8th, 1500 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2014, 1st, 1000 metres, 2014 Winter Olympics

Source: www.sskating.com[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Stefan Groothuis". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Groothuis pakt prachtige gouden medaille op 1000 meter, Mulder brons". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Stefan Groothuis". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.speedskatingnews.info/en/data/skater/stefan-groothuis/
  5. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". www.sskating.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Bob de Jong
Ard Schenk Award
2012
Succeeded by
Sven Kramer