winter sports The Best Speedskaters in the World  

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List of the best speedskaters in the world. All of the speedskaters on this list are currently active in the sport; many earned medals and set records at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Others didn’t make it to Sochi, but can still be considered the best thanks to their earlier performances. Some are young, some are relatively old, but no matter what, they’re all the greatest found in the sport today.

Some of the best speedskaters on this list have already set records and made names for themselves, ones that will live on in skating history. Can anyone overlook Jeremy Wotherspoon, who is famous for his sprinting? He holds the current men’s 500m world record, which he set in 2007. Although he didn’t qualify for the 2014 Olympic Games, he hasn’t announced retirement, so Olympic gold could still be in his future.

Women also have a strong presence in the sport; for an example, you don’t need to look any further than Lee Sang-hwa, the world record holder in the women’s 500m. She set the record in 2013, then went on to take the Olympic gold in 2014 in the same event. The 2014 gold wasn’t her first, either; she also won the Olympic gold in the event in 2010 — making her one of the best speedskaters of all time.

This list contains all of the speed skating greats, the ones fans tune in to see year after year. Many haven’t begun to make their marks yet, while others are nearing the ends of the careers. No matter how much they’ve accomplished so far, however, they all deserve a place on this, the list of the best speed skaters in the world.
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Sven Kramer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Sven Kramer age 32

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29 9
Ireen Wüst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Ireen Wüst age 32

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13 7
Marrit Leenstra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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15 9
Bob de Jong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Bob de Jong age 42

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10 5
Kjeld Nuis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Kjeld Nuis age 29

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14 11
Shani Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Shani Davis age 36

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10 8
Jorrit Bergsma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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8 7
Michel Mulder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Michel Mulder age 29

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6 6
Hein Otterspeer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Hein Otterspeer

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5 5
Jan Smeekens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Jan Smeekens age 31

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9 10
Håvard Bøkko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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4 6
Lee Sang-hwa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Lee Sang-hwa age 29

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7 10
Jeremy Wotherspoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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7 10
Christine Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

The Best Ski Resorts in the World

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5 8
Mariska Huisman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Mariska Huisman age 35

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5 8
Heather Richardson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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2 5
Bart Swings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Bart Swings age 27

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2 5
Zbigniew Bródka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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2 5
Jenny Wolf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Jenny Wolf age 39

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2 5
Joji Kato is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Joji Kato age 33

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8 12
Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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1 4
Brittany Bowe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Brittany Bowe age 30

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1 4
Ivanie Blondin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Ivanie Blondin age 28

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1 4
Jordan Belchos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Jordan Belchos

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7 11
Martina Sáblíková is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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2 6
Wang Beixing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Wang Beixing age 33

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1 5
Karolína Erbanová is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Karolína Erbanová age 26

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1 5
Diane Valkenburg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World

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1 5
Arjan Stroetinga is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Arjan Stroetinga

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0 4
Kim Bo-reum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Speedskaters in the World
Kim Bo-reum age 25