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Marcel Bosker

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11901199701
NOCNetherlands
Born19 Jan 1997 in  Zofingen
GenderMen
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, German
FamilyPartner Melissa Wijfje
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.39 18 Mar 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.10 16 Mar 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:44.12 07 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    5000m 6:08.90 09 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    10000m 12:59.25 01 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround     1  
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    1500m     1  
    Mass Start 10 Laps   1    
    Team Pursuit 1      
    Allround     2  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 4      
European Allround Championships
Event  
European Allround Championships
    Allround   1    
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    5000m     1  
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 3   1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe was affected by an inflamed ankle and inflamed tendon in his big toe at the start of the 2019/20 season. (schaatsen.nl, 24 Aug 2020)

He required an operation on his foot in 2015. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2017)

He suffered a broken ankle in 2013. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
 
Famous relativesHis mother Henriet van der Meer and his father Ronald Bosker competed in speed skating at international level. Both his parents represented Switzerland at the 2004 European Allround Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. His partner Melissa Wijfje has represented the Netherlands in speed skating and won silver in team pursuit at the 2020 World Single Distances Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2021; Instagram profile, 31 Oct 2021; dvhn.nl, 29 May 2020; schaatsstatistieken.nl, 01 Jan 2020; schaatsen.nl, 28 Jan 2018)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis parents were both elite skaters. "My father has a caravan in Flims, Switzerland, a well-known ski area that lies next to Laax. We went there regularly. I also did not want to sit alongside the track, but I tried to skate myself. From the moment I was able to walk, I skated. It was inspiring to see my parents skate [in international events]. Then I saw the [2010] Olympic Winter Games on televison, I saw Ireen Wust and Sven Kramer win gold medals. At that moment I realised for the first time that I wanted to become an Olympic champion."  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolSwiss speed skater Martin Hanggi. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2018)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED; Robin Derks [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age five in Basel, Switzerland.  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/marcelbosker  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesDIY, cooking. (Schaatsteam Reggeborgh Facebook page, 22 Jun 2022)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (rtvnoord.nl, 27 Sep 2023)  
Other informationHERITAGE
He is eligible to represent the Netherlands and Switzerland though his parents Henriet van der Meer and Ronald Bosker. Henriet competed in speed skating for both the Swiss team and the Dutch team at World Cup events, while Ronald represented Switzerland in the sport at the European championships in 2004 and 2005. "Skating is an individual sport and ultimately you want to become a champion, preferably for the Netherlands of course. But it would not matter much for which country you do it, although not everyone will agree with me. The facilities and knowledge in the Netherlands cannot be found in other countries." (schaatsen.nl, 03 Oct 2019; schaatsen.nl, 01 Aug 2018)

MEDICAL CONDITION
He has been diagnosed with an elevated core temperature in his body. He had tests following his performance at the 2019 World Cup event in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he overheated and crashed out of the 10,000m. "I know that I am naturally warm. At home it is 18 degrees [Celsius] and I walk around in shorts and a T-shirt. For me that is normal, but not for other people." (schaatsen.nl, 30 Dec 2019)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit1  
    2020/2021 European Allround Championships Allround2  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 10000m3  
    2023/2024 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit3  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2022 Olympic Games Team Pursuit4  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit5  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 5000m5  
    2022/2023 European Allround Championships Allround7  
    2023/2024 European Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2021/2022 World Allround Championships Allround10  
    2023/2024 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start10  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships 5000m15  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start18  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start18  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit1  
    2019/2020 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2018/2019 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 10000m1  
    2018/2019 Tomakomai Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2023/2024 Stavanger Mass Start1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m2  
    2022/2023 Stavanger Team Pursuit2  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m2  
    2018/2019 Obihiro Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2017/2018 Minsk 5000m3  
    2022/2023 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit3  
    2017/2018 Erfurt 1500m3  
    2018/2019 Obihiro 5000m3  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Mass Start6  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m7  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m11  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m12  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 5000m13  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m15  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m15  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m19  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m26  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Overall27  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m29  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m36  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m37  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m45