|Born||11 February 1987|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
Jan Smeekens (born 11 February 1987) is a Dutch speed skater. He is a 500 m specialist.
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".
Smeekens won his first international medal during the 2004 World Junior Single Distance Championships in Moscow where he won the gold medal at the 500 m. At the 2006 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships on 28 October 2005 he made his début among the senior skaters in his country, resulting in claiming a World Cup spot for races in Collalbo and Baselga di Pinè. In the A-group of these World Cup meetings he finished in 6th and 7th position.
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The 2006 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships are the venue where the Dutch single distance champions in speed skating are crowned. Although the event took place from 27 December until 30 December 2005, the season is called the 2006 edition, as it is part of the 2005-06 speed skating season. The venue was the Thialf sports hall in Heerenveen.
On 7 January 2006, later during the 2005–06 season he also made his début at the 2006 KNSB Dutch Sprint Championships. At these championships he won the second race over 500 m. In February 2006 Smeekens signed a professional contract with the TVM Speed skating team.
His first success in his new team was winning a silver medal on the 500 m at the 2007 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships. He won the first race beating all the favourites, while finishing second behind Jan Bos in the final race. Bos claimed and defended his title.
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.
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.
In 2006 Smeekens became the Dutch junior record holder in the 500 m with a personal best of 35.16, which he achieved during the 2006 speed skating finals in Calgary.
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At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Smeekens finished sixth in the 500 m race.
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Vancouver 2010, informally the 21st Winter Olympics, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held from 12 to 28 February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the surrounding suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands, and in the nearby resort town of Whistler.
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The men's 500 metres speed skating competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Richmond Olympic Oval on 15 February 2010.
He won Silver in the Men's 500 metres Speed Skating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Smeekens finished tenth in the 500 m race.
|Men's speed skating|
|100 m||9.69||14 February 2009||Enschede||Dutch record|
|300 m||22.78||14 February 2009||Enschede||WR|
|500 m||34.32||19 January 2013||Calgary|
|1000 m||1:08.89||16 March 2007||Calgary|
|1500 m||1:48.44||15 March 2007||Calgary|
|3000 m||4:05.18||21 January 2006||Erfurt|
|5000 m||7:23.36||5 February 2005||Assen|
|300 m||22.78||14 February 2009||Enschede||47.4 km/h|
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