Gianni Romme

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Gianni Romme

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Gianni Romme skating against Bob de Jong in 2003
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1973-02-12) 12 February 1973 (age 45)
Lage Zwaluwe, Netherlands
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1992
Coached by Henk Gemser
Retired 2006
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 36.97 (2002)
1000 m: 1:14.33 (1999)
1500 m: 1:47.88 (2002)
3000 m: 3:40.02 (2002)
5000 m: 6:14.70 (2004)
10 000 m: 13:03.40 (2002)

Gianni Petrus Cornelis Romme (born 12 February 1973) is a Dutch marathoner and a former long track speed skater. He won two gold medals at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and was the World allround champion in 2000 and 2003. Romme has been a coach since the 2006–07 speed skating season.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Speed skating competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other

Speed skating is a competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other in travelling a certain distance on skates. Types of speed skating are long track speed skating, short track speed skating, and marathon speed skating. In the Olympic Games, long-track speed skating is usually referred to as just "speed skating", while short-track speed skating is known as "short track". The ISU, the governing body of both ice sports, refers to long track as "speed skating" and short track as "short track skating".

Speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics 1998 edition of the speed skating competitions during the Olympic Winter Games

Speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was held from 8 February to 20 February. Ten events were contested at M-Wave.



During his long track career, Romme prevailed in long distances (5000 and 10000 metres). His greatest triumphs came at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he won both events. Four years later, at the 2002 Winter Olympics, he captured the silver medal in the 10000 metre event, beaten only by compatriot Jochem Uytdehaage.

1998 Winter Olympics 18th edition of Winter Olympics, held in Nagano (Japan) in 1998

The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, and commonly known as Nagano 1998, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 7 to 22 February 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

2002 Winter Olympics 19th edition of Winter Olympics, held in Salt Lake City (United States) in 2002

The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially the XIX Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Salt Lake 2002, was a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated from 8 to 24 February 2002 in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Jochem Uytdehaage speed skater

Jochem Simon Uytdehaage is a Dutch former long track speed skater who won two Olympic gold medals in Salt Lake City and was the 2002 World allround champion. He retired in 2007 at the age of 30, following two consecutive seasons of poor results.

He has also won numerous gold medals at the World Single Distance Championships in both the 5000 m and the 10000 m, was two times World Allround Champion, and spent some time (118 days in total) at the top of the all-time world ranking, the Adelskalender.

The World Allround Speed Skating Championships are a series of speed skating events held annually to determine the best allround speed skater of the world. The event is held over two days, with all skaters entering the first three distances and the best eight skaters over these distances getting to ride the last event. The results of the races are converted to points, and the skater with lowest total score wins the championship.

The Adelskalender in skating is a ranking for long track speed skating based on skaters' all-time personal records for certain distances. As in samalog competitions, the skater's time for each distance is divided in 500 metre averages, truncated to 3 decimal places, and the results are then added up – the lower the sum, the better. The samalog system was introduced in 1928 in Norway, replacing ranking points in the traditional 4 distance championships, and can also be used to reconstruct scores based on personal records that were set before the samalog system was invented.

As of 2006–07, Romme started his own coaching career. International speed skaters Anni Friesinger, Ralf van der Rijst and Risto Rosendahl decided to join his team. Romme himself wanted to continue his career, but announced at the opening day of the 2007 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships that he would no longer participate in long track speed skating, only in marathon speed skating.

Anni Friesinger-Postma female German long track speed skater

Anna ("Anni") Christine Friesinger-Postma is a German former speed skater. Her father Georg Friesinger, of Germany, and mother Janina ("Jana") Korowicka, of Poland, were both skaters; Jana was on the Polish team at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Her brother Jan is also a speed skater. Her sister Agnes is a former speed skater. In July 2010, Friesinger retired from her active sports career when she had to be treated for severe cartilage damage in her right knee joint.

The 2007 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships were the venue where the Dutch single distance champions in speed skating were crowned. Although the event took place from 3 November until 5 November 2006 this was the 2007 edition as it is part of the 2006–07 speed skating season. The competition took place at De Smelt sports hall in Assen.

Medal achievements

Year EC Allround Winter Olympics WC Distances WC Allround
1996-Bronze medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
1997-Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
1998-Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
199915thGold medal icon.svg 5000m
Silver medal icon.svg 10000m
2000-Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg
2001-Bronze medal icon.svg 5000m-
2002-Silver medal icon.svg 10000mDQ3
2003Gold medal icon.svg-Gold medal icon.svg
20044thBronze medal icon.svg 5000m
9th 10000m
2005-4th 10000m-
- = did not participate
DQ3 = disqualification for the 3rd distance
NQ19 = did not qualify for the final distance, but was classified as 19th in the final standings.


Personal records

Personal records
Men's speed skating
500 m36.972 February 2002Salt Lake City
1000 m1:14.3311 December 1999Inzell
1500 m1:47.882 February 2002Salt Lake City
3000 m3:40.023 February 2002Salt Lake City
5000 m6:14.7020 November 2004Berlin
10000 m13:03.4026 November 2000Heerenveen

Source: [1] & [2]

Gianni Romme has an Adelskalender score of 149.570 points.

World records

5000 m 6:30.637 December 1997 Heerenveen
5000 m6:22.208 February 1998 Nagano
10000 m 13:15.3317 February 1998Nagano
5000 m6:21.4927 March 1998 Calgary
10000 m13:08.7129 March 1998Calgary
5000 m6:18.7230 January 2000Calgary
3000 m 3:42.7511 August 2000Calgary
10000 m13:03.4026 November 2000Heerenveen

Source: [3]

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  1. "Gianni Romme Personal best". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  2. "Gianni Romme". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. "Gianni Romme". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rintje Ritsma
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyasu Shimizu
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marcel Wouda
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pieter van den Hoogenband
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rintje Ritsma
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gerard van Velde