Yara van Kerkhof

Yara van Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːraː vɑn ˈkɛrkɦɔf]; born 31 May 1990) is a Dutch short track speed skater. She won the silver medal in the 500 m event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Yara van Kerkhof
Moscow 2015 1000m Ladies Heat 9 (1) Yara van Kerkhof (cropped).JPG
Van Kerkhof in 2015
Personal information
NationalityDutch
Born (1990-05-31) 31 May 1990 (age 31)
Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportShort track speed skating
ClubIJsvereniging Zoetermeer
World Cup wins1
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking11 (1000m)
Medal record
Women's short track speed skating
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Pyeongchang 3000 m relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Dordrecht 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2011 Sheffield 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2018 Montreal 3000 m relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerenveen 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2012 Mladá Boleslav 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2013 Malmö 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2014 Dresden 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2016 Sochi 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2019 Dordrecht 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2020 Debrecen 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2015 Dordrecht 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2018 Dresden 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Turin 3000 m relay

CareerEdit

Van Kerkhof competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Netherlands. In the 500 metres she was second in her heat, advancing to a quarter-final, where she finished third, not advancing. In the 1500 metres she again advanced out of the first round, but was fifth in her semi-final, not advancing. She also competed in the 1000 metres, finishing third in her heat. As a member of the Dutch 3000 metre relay team, she was disqualified in the heats, again not advancing. Her best individual finish was in the 500m, where she was 11th.[1][2]

As of September 2014, van Kerkhof's best performance at the World Championships came in 2011, when she won a silver medal as a member of the Dutch 3000m relay team. She also won gold medals as a member of the Dutch relay team at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 European Championships.[3]

As of September 2014, van Kerkhof has one ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup victory, as part of the relay team in 2012–13 at Dresden. She also has two other podium finishes with the relay team. Her top World Cup ranking is 11th, in the 1000 metres in 2013–14.[3]

She is a sister of Sanne van Kerkhof, also an Olympic short track speed skater.[4]

World Cup podiumsEdit

[3]

Date Season Location Rank Event
5 December 2010 2010–11 Changchun   3000m Relay
5 February 2012 2011–12 Moscow   3000m Relay
10 February 2013 2012–13 Dresden   3000m Relay

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sports Reference Profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Sochi2014.com profile". 19 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "ISU Biography".
  4. ^ "Tranen met tuiten bij zus Van Kerkhof". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 13 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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