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Jan Bos

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJan•Bos
Used nameJan•Bos
Born29 March 1975 in Hierden (NED)
Measurements190 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsSchaatsvereniging Viking, Harderwijk / Hofmeier Financiele Detachering
NOC(s) Netherlands

Biography

While Dutch speed skaters had won many allround titles, it was not until 1998 that a Dutch skater won the World Sprint Championships. Jan Bos took the title in 1998 in Berlin, in the same hall where he had won the World Junior Championships in 1994. Although he could never repeat his victory, he remained a top sprinter for over a decade, especially in the 1000 m. He won Olympic silver medals in that distance in both 1998 and 2002, losing out to a non-favoured compatriot on both occasions. In 1999, he won the 1000 m world title, while collecting four more distance medals over the years. Jan Bos also won six Dutch sprint titles, collected 10 Dutch distance wins, and twice bettered the 1000 m World Record. Bos also made a brief sidestep to track cycling, joining his brother and sprint World Champion Theo Bos as a member of the Dutch team sprint squad.

Personal Bests: 500 – 34.72 (2002); 1000 – 1:07.20 (2009); 1500 – 1:44.87 (2007); 5000 – 6:46.59 (2001); 10000 – 15:23.18 (1993).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 12 Representing Netherlands    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 4
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 9 Representing Netherlands    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 7
2004 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) Team Sprint, Men Olympic Netherlands 6 Representing Netherlands    
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 11 Representing Netherlands    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 5
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 20
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 29 Representing Netherlands    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 12

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1998 Winter Olympics 9 – 10 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men (2 races) Final Standings 72.77 12
1998 Winter Olympics 12 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:49.75 4

Other participations

Games Role Details
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Netherlands    

Olympic family relations

Special Notes