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Sanne in 't Hof


SportSpeed Skating
Born24 Jan 1998 in  Schalkhaar
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationStudent, Waitperson
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationPhysiotherapy - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.61 12 Jan 2019 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:17.73 14 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1500m 1:58.83 17 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    3000m 4:07.16 15 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    5000m 7:10.18 30 Dec 2017 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    1500m   1    
    3000m   1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps   1    
    Team Pursuit 1      
    Allround     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamGewest Fryslan: Heerenveen, NED  
Reason for choosing this sport"I went to the ice rink with my parents, because it was very close to where we live. It was only a 10-minute bike ride. We also went skating with our school, that was something our school did every year. I really loved it and I wanted to do it more often, so together with my parents we went every weekend on Sunday morning."  
Name of coachArjen Wolters [club]; Henk Hospes [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport in 2004 at age six in Deventer, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesSan, Sannie (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never ever give up, nothing is impossible. Follow your dreams, work hard, but most of all have fun and enjoy. Nothing in life is promised, so take in every experience that you get. Follow your own path, learn to listen to your body and do what's right for you." (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Other informationCHANGING CLUBS
She spent time in the development squad of Team LottoNL-Jumbo before switching to Gewest Friesland in 2019. She believes overtraining and an unwillingness to admit her limits to her coaches at Team LottoNL-Jumbo affected her development during her time with the team. "That was completely my own fault. I came in there as a youngster and really wanted to show that I could go with those girls. When the trainers asked me if I was tired, I said, 'No, I'm not tired', when sometimes I was. If you push that limit every time, you know it's over." (, 08 Nov 2021)
Most influential person in careerHer coaches, and her father. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
AmbitionsTo win gold in the 5000m at the Olympic Winter Games, and to compete at the world championships. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
HobbiesCycling, running, hiking, walking in the forest, spending time with family and friends, swimming, drawing. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
InjuriesIn 2019 she required surgery due to chronic tonsillitis. (, 08 Nov 2021)

She sustained a left forearm fracture in 2015 at a training camp in Inzell, Germany. She required surgery and needed two metal plates inserted into her arm. Six weeks after the injury, she was competing again with a cast on her arm. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)

In 2013 she fractured the T12 vertebra in her back after a fall on the ice, and was unable to walk for six weeks. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe wears a necklace featuring a skate, which was a gift from her parents on her 16th birthday. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the overall 3000m and 1500m titles in the 2016/17 Junior World Cup, finishing second in the 3000m and 1500m at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland, becoming Dutch junior champion in the 3000m and 5000m, and winning silver in the 5000m at the 2021 Dutch National Single Distances Championships. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m7  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup 3000/5000m13