|Born||22 November 1967|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Coached by|| Ab Krook |
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||500 m: 37.55 (2000)|
1000 m: 1:12.80 (2005)
1500 m: 1:49.00 (2001)
3000 m: 3:47.56
5000 m: 6:23.64 (2001)
10 000 m: 13:27.48 (2002)
Bart Veldkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑrt ˈfɛltkɑmp] ; born 22 November 1967) is a retired speed skater, who represented the Netherlands and later Belgium in international competitions, including the Winter Olympics. He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.
In 1990, Bart Veldkamp won the European Allround Championships and came very close to repeating that feat 11 years later in 2001, finishing 2nd. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he won a gold medal on the 10,000 m. Mainly due to this achievement, Veldkamp was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 1992. Before the 1994 Winter Olympics, he was dissatisfied with the qualifying procedures for tournaments and became a Belgian. In Belgium there was (and still is) no speed skating tradition, so qualifying for tournaments became simple because there were no other speed skaters to compete with.
In Lillehammer at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp won a bronze medal on the 10,000 m for the Netherlands. The next Olympic medal he won was as a Belgian at the 1998 Winter Olympics on the 5,000 m, in which he became the first skater ever to break the 6:30 barrier on that distance, but his time was beaten later that same day by former compatriots Rintje Ritsma and Gianni Romme. His bronze medal was the first ever Olympic medal in speed skating for Belgium.
In 1997, Veldkamp participated in the Elfstedentocht. In 2003, he announced that the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin would be his third Winter Olympics as a Belgian, his fifth overall, and definitely his last. At these 2006 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp finished 13th on the 5,000 m and 14th on the 10,000 m and ended his career afterwards.
After his career Veldkamp became a sports commentator for the NOS to analyze speed skating races. He also appeared on several other TV shows such as Peking Express and Wildebeesten.
In the 2006/2007 winter season Veldkamp trained four Kenyan athletes, for the first time ever on ice, for a Dutch TV show. The goal was to let them skate the 200 km long alternative Elfstedentocht at the Weissensee in Austria.
He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.
|Men's Speed skating|
|500 m||37.55||15 January 2000||Hamar|
|1000 m||1:12.80||20 November 2005||Salt Lake City|
|1500 m||1:49.00||4 March 2001||Calgary|
|3000 m||3:47.56||5 February 2006||Turin|
|5000 m||6:23.64||2 March 2001||Calgary|
|10000 m||13:27.48||22 February 2002||Salt Lake City|
By 12 January 2014, Veldkamp was placed 107th with a score of 152.621 points on the Adelskalender, the ranking list for all-time personal bests.His highest ranking ever on the Adelskalender was a 5th place.
Veldkamp skated one world record:
|3000 m||3:48.91||20 March 1998||Calgary||World record until 19 March 1999|
|Season|| Dutch |
| Dutch |
| European |
| Olympic |
| World |
| World |
|1994–1995||DNF 10000m |
|9th 500m |
|Championship||Gold ||Silver ||Bronze |
|European Allround classification||1||1||1|
|World Single Distances||0||2||1|
|World Allround classification||0||0||3|
|Dutch Allround classification||0||3||3|
|Dutch Single Distances||4||3||4|
An overview of medals won by Veldkamp at important championships, listing the years in which he won each medal:
|Championship||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|Winter Olympics||1992 (10000 m)||1994 (10000 m) |
1998 (5000 m)
|World Allround||1990 |
|World Single Distance||1996 (10000 m) |
1999 (5000 m)
|1998 (5000 m)|
|Dutch Allround||1991 |
|Dutch Single Distance||1991 (5000 m) |
1991 (10000 m)
1992 (5000 m)
1992 (10000 m)
|1990 (10000 m) |
1991 (1500 m)
1993 (10000 m)
|1988 (5000 m) |
1990 (5000 m)
1993 (5000 m)
1994 (5000 m)
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