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Melissa Wijfje


SportSpeed Skating
Born21 Jul 1995 in  Ter Aar
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationCommerce, Economics - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.71 29 Mar 2014 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:16.49 22 Dec 2018 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:52.55 10 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:58.80 04 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m 2      
    3000m 1 1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps     1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 2      
    Allround 1 1    
European Single Distances Championships
European Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer parents wanted her to learn how to skate and she enjoyed skating on the natural ice in her garden.  
Name of coachHenk Hospes, NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating in 2000 at age five in Leiden, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamSTG Ter Aar : Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer younger brother Tom has competed in speed skating at elite junior level. (, 07 Mar 2014)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Marcel Bosker. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Awards and honoursIn 2013 and 2017 she was named Female Athlete of the Year in Nieuwkoop, Netherlands. (, 11 Mar 2017;, 08 Mar 2014)  
Other informationILLNESS
In 2014 she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a condition that affects the thyroid. She was not able to train for a period and lost weight. (, 18 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in careerDutch speed skater Marcel Bosker. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a total of six gold medals at the world junior championships in 2014 and 2015, placing third in the 5000m at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and finishing third in the 3000m at the 2017 World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps10  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 3000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m4  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m6  
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m8  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps21  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall21  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m24  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m30