Erben Wennemars

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEgbert Rolf "Erben"•Wennemars
Used nameErben•Wennemars
Born1 November 1975 in Dalfsen, Overijssel (NED)
Measurements182 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsIJsclub Stokvisdennen, Dalfsen/Postcode Loterij Schaatsploeg
NOC Netherlands
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2


Erben Wennemars first made the news in 1997. Skating on the then-new clap skates, he became the first skater to beat 1.50 on the 1500 m, although it was not recognized as an official world record. Later that season, Wennemars won a bronze medal a the World Sprint Championships. A candidate for a medal at the Olympics, he was struck by a falling opponent in the 500 m and carried off the ice with a dislocated shoulder. In the years to come, Wennemars established himself as a top sprinter. His first world titles came in 2003, when he won both the 1000 and 1500 m at the World Single Distance Championships. In 2004 and 2005, Wennemars also won the World Sprint title, and added four more distance titles in the 1000 m (2004) and team pursuit (2005, 2007, 2008). In his third Olympics, at Torino, he finally won his first Olympic medals, taking home the bronze in both the 1000 m and the team pursuit. Wennemars qualified for the World Allround championships in 2007, in which he placed a respectable fifth. In World Cup competition, he has won 27 races, winning over 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and team pursuit, and won the season’s World Cup over 1000 m four times (2003-2005, 2007) and 1500 m once (2007). A 13-time national champion (3x sprint, 3x 500 m, 6x 1000 m, 1x 1500 m), Erben Wennemars is attempting to qualify for the Vancouver Olympics in what he has designated as his final season. He is married to former television presenter Renate van der Zalm. His younger brother, Freddy, also competes in speed skating on a national level.

Personal Bests: 500 – 34.68 (2005); 1000 – 1:07.33 (2003); 1500 – 1:42.32 (2008); 5000 – 6:28.42 (2006); 10000 – 13:35.67 (2007).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Erben Wennemars
500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Erben Wennemars
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Erben Wennemars
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 16
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men (Olympic) Netherlands 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2006 Winter Olympics 15 February 2006 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Match #1 3:44.65 1

Special Notes