Ard Schenk

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameAdrianus "Ard"•Schenk
Used nameArd•Schenk
Born16 September 1944 in Anna Paulowna, Noord-Holland (NED)
Measurements190 cm / 90 kg
NOC Netherlands
Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4


The son of speed skating coach Klaas Schenk, Ard Schenk became one of the all-time speed skating greats. Together with compatriot Kees Verkerk, Schenk dominated the sport in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won the World Championships from 1970-1972, and the European Championships in 1966, 1970 and 1972. He also won two bronze medals at the World Sprint Championships, on account of his 1000 m. After winning an Olympic silver medal in the 1968 Games behind Verkerk, he won three gold medals at the Sapporo Games, emulating the performance of Hjalmar Andersen twenty years earlier. Schenk set 18 World Records, becoming the first man to break 2 minutes over 1500 m and the first to beat 15 minutes in the 10,000 m. By 1971, he held all World Records save the 500 m. In addition to his titles, Ard Schenk won the Oscar Mathisen Trophy (for the best speed skating performance of the season) three times, and was named Dutch athlete of the year four times. Following his triple gold in Japan, Schenk joined a newly formed professional skating circuit. While Schenk won both 1973 titles, the venture failed, and folded in 1974. A physical therapist, Schenk later became a member of the International Skating Union’s technical committee, and was the chef de mission of the Dutch Olympic team at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.9 (1971); 1000 – 1:18.8 (1971); 1500 – 1:58.7 (1971); 5000 – 7:09.8 (1972); 10000 – 14:55.9 (1971).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ard Schenk
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ard Schenk
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =13
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =2 Silver
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ard Schenk
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 34
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Winter Olympics 16 February 1968 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 2:05.0 =2
1972 Winter Olympics 6 February 1972 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 2:02.96 1
1972 Winter Olympics 7 February 1972 Speed Skating (Skating) 10,000 metres, Men Final Standings 15:01.35 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1964 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony NED Ard Schenk

Olympic family relations

Special Notes