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Kees Broekman

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCornelis "Kees"•Broekman
Used nameKees•Broekman
Born2 July 1927 in De Lier (NED)
Died8 November 1992 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Affiliations?, De Lier (NED)
NOC(s) Netherlands

Biography

Discovered by fellow Olympian Siem Heiden, Kees Broekman quickly became one of the top long distance skaters in the post-war years. He was came within 3 tenths of winning the 1948 World Championships, missing his third distance win, and a guaranteed title, in the 1500 m. He placed second at the 1949 Worlds, but was subsequently overshadowed by Hjalmar Andersen of Norway. Behind Andersen, Broekman won two silver medals in the 1952 Olympics, the first ever Winter Olympic medals for the Netherlands. A year later, with Andersen retired, Broekman won his only international title, taking the European Championships. Although he was the first Dutchman to do so, this victory was overshadowed by the North Sea flood that hit the Netherlands that same day. Broekman, who had meanwhile settled in Norway, continued to skate until the 1960 Olympics, but without any major success. He later became a successful skating coach, leading Atje Keulen-Deelstra and Göran Claeson to world titles. He eventually became a coach in Berlin, where he died at age 65.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.2 (1956); 1500 – 2:13.2 (1956); 5000 – 8:00.2 (1956); 10000 – 16:33.5 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 28 Representing Netherlands    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 9
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 6
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 5
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 5 Representing Netherlands    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =37 Representing Netherlands    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 14
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic =4
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 5
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 20 Representing Netherlands    
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 16

Other participations

Games Role Details
1956 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Netherlands    
1960 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Netherlands    

Olympic family relations

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