Winter Sports The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating  

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The famous speed skating event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. It takes precision, grace, and courage to master the art of speed skating. Almost every one of these historic speed skating Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest speed skating Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best speed skating athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with. While all these competitors deserve to be honored, only one can be crowned the best. 

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Esmee Visser is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Esmee Visser

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Sven Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Sven Kramer is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all-time men's record seven World Allround Championships as well as a men's record seven European Allround Championships. He is the ...more

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Eric Heiden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
cj1989 added United States of America Eric Arthur Heiden is an American former long track speed skater and road cyclist who won all of the men's speed skating races, and thus an unprecedented five individual gold medals, and set ...more

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Jorien Ter Mors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Jorien ter Mors is a Dutch speed skater on both short track and long track. She is the Olympic champion of the 1,500 metres and team pursuit in Sochi 2014.

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Ireen Wüst is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Ireen Wüst is a Dutch long track allround speed skater. At the age of 19, on 12 February 2006, Wüst won the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games 3000-meter event. She is the ...more

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Carlijn Achtereekte is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Carlijn Achtereekte

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Heather Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
United States of America Heather Richardson is an American speed skater who has competed since 2006. She is a native of North Carolina. She represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where ...more

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Jorrit Bergsma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Jorrit Bergsma is a Dutch speed skater and marathonskater. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal in the 10000 m.

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Ted Jan Bloemen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Ted Jan Bloemen Netherlands Ted-Jan Bloemen is a Dutch born long track speed skater who, from the 2014–15 season, competes for Canada in international competitions. In June 2014, Bloemen, whose father was born in Canada, ...more

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Judith Hesse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Germany Judith Hesse is a speed skater.

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Bonnie Blair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
United States of America Bonnie Kathleen Blair is a retired American speedskater. She is one of the top skaters of her time, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Blair competed for the United ...more

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Jan Blokhuijsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Jan Blokhuijsen is Dutch long track speed skater who until 2013 skated for the commercial TVM ploeg. He currently holds the world record in the team pursuit discipline along with teammates Sven ...more

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Jan Bos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Jan Bos is a Dutch speedskater and sprint cyclist. In the late 1990s he was world champion in speed skating and he competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Cindy Klassen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Canada Cindy Klassen, OM is a Canadian long track speed skater. She is a six-time medalist having achieved one gold, two silver, three bronze at the Winter Olympics. Klassen is tied with Clara Hughes ...more

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Stefan Groothuis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Stefan Groothuis is a Dutch speed skater. He is the World Sprint Champion for 2012 and the gold medal winner in the 1000 metres at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Groothuis, a specialist in the middle ...more

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Anni Friesinger-Postma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Germany Anna Christine Friesinger-Postma is a former German speed skater. Her father Georg Friesinger, of Germany, and mother Janina Korowicka, of Poland, were both skaters; Jana was on the Polish team ...more

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Christine Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Canada Christine Nesbitt is a Canadian long track speed skater who currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. She won the gold medal in the 1000 metres event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She had ...more

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Johann Olav Koss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Norway Johann Olav Koss is a former speed skater from Norway, and current assistant coach of Norway's speed skating team. Koss is currently ranked as number 16 on the all time speed skating world cup ...more

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Jeremy Wotherspoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Canada Jeremy Lee Wotherspoon is a Canadian speed skater, widely recognized as one of the greatest speedskating sprinters of all time. Wotherspoon was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Red ...more

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Clara Hughes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Canada Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater, who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and four medals over the ...more

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Yu Jing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
China Yu Jing is a long-track speed-skater from China who specializes in the sprint distances. She became the World Sprint Champion in 2012, setting world records in both the sprint combination and ...more

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Jenny Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Germany Jenny Wolf is a German speed skater who is the current world record holder, at 74.42 seconds, for the women's 500 m x 2 in long track speed skating. On 10 March 2007 at the ISU World Single ...more

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Gao Xuefeng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
China Gao Xuefeng is a Chinese speed skater who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

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Annette Gerritsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Annette Albertine Gerritsen is a Dutch speed skater. She specialises in the 500 m and 1000 m distances, and won a silver medal in the 1000 metres at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is ...more

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Mathieu Giroux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Canada Mathieu Giroux is a Canadian speed-skater. He shared medals at team pursuit medals at world cup races in Calgary and Salt Lake City in 2009. He represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. On ...more

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Carlijn Achtereekte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Carlijn Achtereekte Carlijn Achtereekte (born 29 January 1990) is a Dutch female speed skater who specializes in long distances and was born in Lettele, Deventer, Netherlands. Achtereekte won three silver medals in ...more

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Daniela Anschütz-Thoms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Germany Daniela Anschütz-Thoms is a German speed skater. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women's team pursuit with the German team, and four years later she defended the ...more

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Bob de Jong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Bob Johannes Carolus de Jong is a Dutch speed skater who specializes in long distances: five and ten kilometers.

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Hjalmar Andersen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Norway Hjalmar "Hjallis" Johan Andersen was a speed skater from Norway who won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympic Games of Oslo, Norway. He was the only triple gold medalist at the ...more

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Carl Verheijen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Carl Eduard Verheijen is a retired Dutch speedskater who specialized in the longer distances 5,000-m and the 10,000-m. Verheijen is the son of skater Eddy Verheijen and is in a relationship with ...more

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Chad Hedrick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
United States of America Chad Hedrick is an American inline speed skater and ice speed skater. He was born in Spring, Texas. Hedrick revolutionized the inline speed skating world with his unique technique, called the ...more

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Mark Tuitert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Mark Tuitert; born 4 April 1980 in Holten, Overijssel) is a Dutch speed skater who represented Team Beslist.nl. He won gold at the 1500 m at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Matt Schap added Germany Claudia Pechstein is a German speed skater. She has won five Olympic gold medals. With a total of nine Olympic medals, five gold, two silver and two bronze, she is the most successful Olympic ...more

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Sverre Lunde Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Norway Sverre Lunde Pedersen is a Norwegian speed-skater. He is the son of former speed-skater Jarle Pedersen. He is a two-time World Junior Champion and represents the club Fana Idrettslag. In 2011 he ...more

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Marianne Timmer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Maria Aaltje Timmer is a Dutch speed skater specializing in the middle distances. At the 1998 Winter Olympics Timmer won a gold medal in both these events.

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Zbigniew Bródka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Poland Zbigniew Bródka is an Olympic Speed Skating athlete from Poland.

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Luiza Zlotkowska is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Poland Luiza Zlotkowska is a speed skater.

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Yekaterina Malysheva is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Russia Yekaterina Malysheva is a speed skater.

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Wang Beixing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
China Wang Beixing is a Chinese long track speed skater, specializing in short distances. Wang first competed in 2003. However, her breakthrough came in the 2004–05 season, winning several times in ...more

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Tuomas Nieminen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Finland Tuomas Nieminen is a Finnish long track speed skater who participates in international competitions.

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Thijsje Oenema is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Thijsje Oenema is a Dutch speed skater and "short-track sprinter". She is specialised on the short distances. Oenema skates for the VPZ skating team and is a member for skating club ...more

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Maciej Ustynowicz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Poland Maciej Ustynowicz is a Polish speedskater. He competed for Poland at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Eriko Ishino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Japan Eriko Ishino is a speed skater.

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Alla Sjabanova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Russia Alla Sjabanova is a speed skater.

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Alexis Contin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
France Alexis Contin is a French speed skater. He is ranked 63 on the Adelskalender and is coached by Jan ven Veen. Contin made his international speedskating debut at the Speed Skating World Cup in ...more

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Lee Sang-hwa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
South Korea Lee Sang-hwa is a South Korean long track speed skater who specialises in the sprint distances. She is a two-time Olympic champion in 500 metres and the 2010 world sprint champion. She is the ...more

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Keiichiro Nagashima is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Japan Keiichiro Nagashima is a Japanese long track speed skater specialising in the sprint distances 500 and 1000 metres. Nagashima has won two World Cup races and has three Japanese domestic titles. ...more

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Lee Kang-Seok is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
South Korea Lee Kang-seok is a South Korean speed skater. He is the 2007 and 2009 World Champion for 500 m. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the 500 m. He is the second South Korean ...more

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Margot Boer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Netherlands Margot Boer is a Dutch speed skater. She is specialised in the 500, 1000 and 1500 m.

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Ivan Skobrev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Speed Skating
Russia Ivan Aleksandrovich Skobrev is a Russian speed skater. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he won the bronze medal in the 5000 meters as well as the silver medal in the 10000 meters. He is ...more