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Selma Poutsma


SportShort Track
Born14 May 1999 in The Hague 
ResidenceFont-Romeu, FRA
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.221 14 Sep 2019 Kolomna  
    1000m 1:31.356 15 Sep 2019 Kolomna  
    1500m 2:23.896 09 Feb 2020 Dresden  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
European Championships
European Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachLudovic Mathieu [national], FRA  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport at age seven in The Hague, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamClub de Vitesse sur Glace du Havre CVGH [FRA] / STB [NED]:  
Reason for choosing this sportShe enjoyed the sensation of speed and the tactics of racing closely against others. She also likes the gliding aspect of the sport.  
Training RegimeShe trains twice a day.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationMOVE TO FRANCE
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, she was given the opportunity to join the France junior short track team in 2014. She decided to make the move to Font-Romeu soon after, where she became part of the French national setup. "I chose France because learning a new language and a new culture seemed to be more interesting. I feel Dutch but I also feel that a little part of me is French. I speak the language and spend most of my time in France, but in my heart I'm still Dutch. My home is the Netherlands and all my family live there." (, 29 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in careerHer father. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016)  
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski, Russian ballet dancer Polina Semionova. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016; Athlete, 13 Jan 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 29 Sep 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall15  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m17  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m18  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall18  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall19  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall21  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m33  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall42  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m8  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m8  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m9  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m10  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m13  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m14  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m15  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m17  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m17  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m17  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m22  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m24  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m28  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m30  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m31  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m31  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m32  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m37  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m43  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m47  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m53  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m63  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m66  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m78