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Kjeld Nuis

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11011198901
NOCNetherlands
Born10 Nov 1989 in  Leiden
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Joy Beune, son Jax [2016]
ResidenceLeiden, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, French, Spanish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.79 13 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    1000m 1:06.18 09 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:06.18 09 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:40.17 10 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:40.17 10 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:21.30 02 Feb 2008 Groningen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    1500m 2      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1 3 3  
    1500m 2 2    
    Team Sprint 1      
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   2 2  
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1      
European Sprint Championships
Event  
European Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/kjeld.nuis  
twitter.com/KjeldNuis  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHis first recollection of skating is of watching Dutch speed skater Rintje Ritsma compete in a World Cup race on television. He took up the sport because he enjoyed the movement and the feeling of it.  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED; Rintje Ritsma [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age seven on a course in Leiden, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationSPEED RECORD
In March 2022 he set a world record for the fastest speed achieved on ice skates, reaching a top speed of 103kph on the Savalen lake in Norway. He was protected from winds by an air shield pulled by a car. The record surpassed his own previous world record of 93kph, set in 2018 in Sweden. "I was literally flying over the ice. Skating that fast is technically challenging and requires precision. I skated more than two kilometres on each attempt, which I never do in competition. It was very hard on my body. This is really the maximum that is possible on skates." (insidethegames.biz, 21 Mar 2022; redbull.com, 17 Mar 2022; lequipe.fr, 29 Mar 2018)

HEART TROUBLE
In 2021 he was diagnosed with pericarditis [inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart] after being vaccinated against COVID-19. The condition can be a rare side-effect of the vaccine. "If there's something wrong with your heart, it's scary. An ankle injury is annoying, but I still have to go through my whole life with my heart. All sorts of things were going through my head. Fortunately I have fully recovered from it and I try not to think about it any more. I accepted that I couldn't do anything about it, and then thought, 'What can I do to get fit again as soon as possible?' It wasn't until a month and a half before the [2022] Olympic Winter Games that I was back in the right flow and my self-confidence came back." (vriendin.nl, 13 Jul 2022; nu.nl, 29 Oct 2021)
 
Most influential person in careerHis father. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
InjuriesA groin injury meant he missed the 2022 World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. (telegraaf.nl, 03 Nov 2022; ad.nl, 02 Nov 2022)

In July 2021 he was hospitalised with pericarditis [inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart]. (rtlboulevard.nl, 22 Jul 2021)

He could not compete at the 2019 Dutch National Championships due to influenza. (rtlboulevard.nl, 26 Dec 2019)

He suffered a minor shoulder injury after he crashed while mountain biking in December 2016. He recovered in time to compete at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (isu.org, 10 Dec 2016)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Carpe diem." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Awards and honoursIn December 2018 he received the Jaap Eden Trophy for being named Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. (telegraaf.nl, 19 Dec 2018; nos.nl, 19 Dec 2018)

In April 2018 he was named an honorary citizen of Emmen in the Netherlands. (ad.nl, 08 Apr 2018)

In March 2018 he was made Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of the two gold medals he won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (shaatsen.nl, 26 Mar 2018; lintjes.nl, 2018)

In March 2018 he was the male recipient of the Ard Schenk Award, which is presented to the speed skater of the year in the Netherlands. (schaatsen.nl, 28 Mar 2018)
 
HobbiesInline skating, snowboarding, breakdancing. (nbcolympics.com, 26 Feb 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (rtlnieuws.nl, 25 Oct 2022)  
Famous relativesHis partner Joy Beune has represented the Netherlands in speed skating. She won a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2019 World Single Distances Championships in Inzell, Germany. (ad.nl, 06 Apr 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Dec 2020; flaironline.nl, 22 Jun 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m5  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m8  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall20  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 1000m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Hamar 1000m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Stavanger 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall4  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall6  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m10  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m10  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall11  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m15  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m20  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m20  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m19  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m27  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m36  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m37  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m39  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m40  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m51