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Yvonne van Gennip

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameYvonne Maria Therèse•van Gennip
Used nameYvonne•van Gennip
Born1 May 1964 in Haarlem (NED)
Measurements166 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsIJsclub Haarlem, Haarlem (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Yvonne van Gennip was the best female Dutch speed skater of the 1980s, although she did not win many titles, hampered by injuries or formidable opponents from East Germany. But at the 1988 Olympics, she was by far the best, winning three gold medals. She had long been a talent, being runner-up at the European Championships in 1985-1987, and third at the 1987 World Championships. In 1987, she set world records in the 3000 and 5000 m. But while preparing for the Calgary Olympics, she suffered from several injuries, diminishing public expectations for the Games. In the indoor, high-altitude rink at Calgary, she broke her own records in the 3000 and 5000, beating the favored East German skaters Kania, Ehrig and Zange. Yvonne van Gennip never matched her Olympic success of 1988, placing 2nd (1988) and 3rd (1989) at the next two World Championships. After a brief absence, she returned for the Albertville Olympics, but could not do better than 6th in the 3000 m. She ended her career with 13 Dutch titles (2x allround, 2x sprint, 3x 1500 m, 3x 3000 m, 3x 5000 m) and 10 wins in World Cup races.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.54 (1987); 1000 – 1:21.21 (1989); 1500 – 2:00.68 (1988); 3000 – 4:11.94 (1988); 5000 – 7:14.13 (1988).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Yvonne van Gennip
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 11
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Yvonne van Gennip
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Yvonne van Gennip
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) AC
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) DNS

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1984 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Yvonne van Gennip
1988 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Yvonne van Gennip

Special Notes