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Jutta Leerdam


SportSpeed Skating
Born30 Dec 1998 in  's-Gravenzande
FamilyPartner Koen Verweij
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationEconomics - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.22 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:11.84 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:53.64 29 Oct 2021 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:05.19 10 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    500m   1 1  
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1 1    
    3000m   1 1  
    Team Pursuit 1      
    Team Sprint 1      
    Allround 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1 1    
    Team Sprint 2      
European Single Distances Championships
European Single Distances Championships
    1000m 2      
    Team Sprint   1    
European Sprint Championships
European Sprint Championships
    Overall 1      
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachKosta Poltavets [club], RUS; Rutger Tijssen [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating at age 11.  
Club / TeamTeam Worldstream: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sport"I played hockey for eight years. I enjoyed it, but I have never been a team player. I regularly had to sit on the reserve bench. The individual aspect of skating appeals to me. It never lies. You have complete control over the end result yourself."  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 02 Nov 2021)  
HobbiesCooking, spending time with family, travel, fashion. (, 28 Feb 2020; YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the sprint combination at the 2019 National Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019;, 29 Jan 2019)  
Famous relativesHer partner Koen Verweij represented the Netherlands in speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. He won gold in team pursuit at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (, 20 Oct 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2020;, 28 Nov 2019;, 17 Nov 2019)  
InjuriesShe missed the 2021 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, with a bruised foot. (, 09 Feb 2021;, 27 Jan 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I focus on the positive. Sometimes the negative does come in, but I'm an open person and I discuss it right away. I don't bottle it up. I can express myself and from there I regain confidence from my environment." (, 16 Dec 2021)  
NicknamesJoeta, Juut (, 28 Feb 2020;, 22 May 2019)  
Other informationCLUB
In 2018 she and her partner Koen Verweij established the Team Worldstream speed skating club in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (, 02 Nov 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2018)

Her father named her Jutta because he was a fan of German windsurfer Jutta Muller. "I got the name because my dad used to surf. There was a girl who won a lot and her name is Jutta Muller. A lot of male surfers were impressed by her. She was blonde and my dad thought, 'If I have a blonde daughter, I will name her Jutta'." (YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019)

After graduating with a diploma from the Hogeschool Rotterdam, she began studying for a bachelor's degree in marketing and commercial economics from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands. She has also studied at the Johan Cruyff Academy in the Netherlands. "For me it's really important to keep studying. I prefer to study alongside my sport and to use my brain after my sporting career is over. I don't want my world to rely solely on sport. Besides, studying is a nice distraction." (, 28 Feb 2020; YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m4  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m16  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m4  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m15  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m20  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m24  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m28