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Sjinkie Knegt


SportShort Track
Born05 Jul 1989 in Bantega 
ResidenceBantega, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, Frisian
FamilyChildren Myrthe and Melle
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.263 02 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:22.413 18 Mar 2018 Montreal  
    1500m 2:07.943 03 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:42.464 08 Jan 2017 Amsterdam  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1000m     1  
    1500m   1    
World Championships
World Championships
    500m 1      
    1000m   2 1  
    1500m   1    
    5000m Relay 3 2 2  
    Overall 1 1    
European Championships
European Championships
    500m 2      
    1000m 1      
    1500m 1   1  
    5000m Relay 6 3 1  
    Overall 3 2 1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachNiels Kerstholt [national], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationAUTOCROSS RACER
In 2018 he made his international debut in autocross in Rutenbrock, Germany. "In our village we always had an autocross competition and I thought it was fantastic. The past four years [speaking in 2018] I have gone with my friends to international meets so I was infected with it a little. I said, 'I want to try this too'. It is a fast, explosive sport. On some tracks with multiple lines I certainly benefit from my short track experience. You can approach the bend in a different way and you see certain spaces earlier. Autocross for me is the best relaxation there is." (, 04 Jun 2023, 27 May 2018;, 01 Aug 2022)

He suffered serious burns in a domestic accident in January 2019. At the end of 2020 he said he was operating at about 75% of his best, and that he was still experiencing itching in his legs when standing still after a race day. "And if I get up quickly after a whole night's sleep, I also have to take it easy. The skin is still thin, it cannot handle the force of the blood. The body has to let you know when it is ready to move." In 2019 he set up the Sjinkie Knegt Foundation to support people who have sustained serious burns. (, 09 Dec 2022;, 14 Dec 2020;, 01 Feb 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1999 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn 2023 he sustained a back injury. (, 18 Sep 2023)

In January 2019 he sustained serious burns to his face, chest, legs, and feet after his clothes caught fire during a domestic accident. He required a skin transplant on both his legs later in the month. He returned to competitive short track in February 2020. (, 14 Feb 2020, 12 Jan 2019)

In December 2018 he suffered a serious calf muscle injury after an accident with a fork lift truck. (, 14 Dec 2020;, 11 Jan 2019)

He broke three ribs after a heavy fall at the 2016 World Cup event in Dordrecht, Netherlands. He also suffered injuries to his lung, liver, and spleen in the incident. (, 28 Sep 2016;, 13 Feb 2016)

Illness meant he was unable to compete at the 2016 National Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (, 03 Jan 2016)

In August 2013 he tore cartilage in his left knee and needed surgery. (, 2013)
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursHe was named Best Male Short Track Skater in the Netherlands at the 2018 Ard Schenk Awards Gala. (, 20 Mar 2018)

He was named Male Short Track Athlete of the Year in 2015/16 by the Royal Dutch Skating Association [KNSB]. (, 07 Apr 2016)

He was named the 2015 Sportsman of the Year in the Netherlands. (, 23 Dec 2015)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was encouraged to take up the sport by a coach. "I love short track because of the game. You compete against four or five people and not against the clock like speed skating."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Pressure does not make you skate faster." (, 09 Mar 2017)  
Other sportsHe has competed in international-level autocross events. (, 01 Aug 2022;, 27 May 2018)  
MilestonesHis bronze medal in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was the Netherlands' first Olympic medal in short track. In 2017 he became the first Dutch short track skater to win individual gold over a single distance at the world championships when he triumphed in the 500m. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Jan 2021;, 11 Mar 2017;, 15 Feb 2014)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (, 27 Sep 2022)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall1  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m1  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m1  
    2015/2016 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m1  
    2013/2014 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m1  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall1  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall1  
    2010/2011 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall2  
    2021/2022 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m2  
    2013/2014 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall2  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m2  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall2  
    2008/2009 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 European Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m3  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m3  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall3  
    2012/2013 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m4  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall4  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m4  
    2022 Olympic Games 2000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m4  
    2017/2018 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m5  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1500m5  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m5  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall5  
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m6  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m6  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall6  
    2021/2022 World Championships Overall6  
    2022/2023 World Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m7  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m Relay7  
    2009/2010 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall8  
    2009/2010 European Championships Overall8  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall8  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m8  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall8  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m9  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m9  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m9  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m9  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m9  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m10  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m10  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m10  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m10  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m10  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay10  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m11  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m12  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m12  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m12  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall13  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m14  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m14  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall14  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m15  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m16  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m16  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall18  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m19  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m19  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m20  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m20  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall22  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m22  
    2008/2009 European Championships Overall23  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m23  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m24  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall25  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m25  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m26  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m27  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m28  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m52  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m1  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m1  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m1  
    2014/2015 Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Beijing 5000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2016/2017 Minsk 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 Nagoya 5000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 Dordrecht 1000m1  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2015/2016 Nagoya 1500m1  
    2010/2011 Moscow 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 Dordrecht 5000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 2000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m2  
    2011/2012 Dordrecht 1000m2  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 1000m2  
    2014/2015 Shanghai 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 2000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m2  
    2015/2016 Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 2000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 5000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 Dordrecht 500m2  
    2014/2015 Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2014/2015 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m2  
    2014/2015 Seoul 500m2  
    2015/2016 Montreal, QC 1500m2  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2015/2016 Shanghai 500m2  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m2  
    2015/2016 Toronto, ON 1500m2  
    2015/2016 Shanghai 1500m2  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m2  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m2  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m2  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 1500m2  
    2017/2018 Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Nagoya 5000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Sochi 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 Turin 5000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 5000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 Montreal, QC 1500m3  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m3  
    2012/2013 Nagoya 1500m3  
    2014/2015 Seoul 1000m3  
    2014/2015 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m3  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2017/2018 Budapest 1500m3  
    2013/2014 Turin 1500m3  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m4  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m4  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m5  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay5  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m6  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1000m6  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m6  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay6  
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m7  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1000m7  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Dresden 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m7  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m7  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1000m8  
    2022/2023 Almaty 5000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m8  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m9  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 5000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m10  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m10  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay10  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m12  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m12  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m12  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m13  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m13  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m14  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m14  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m15  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m15  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m15  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall16  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m17  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m18  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m18  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m19  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1500m20  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m21  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1000m21  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m21  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1000m22  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1500m23  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m23  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m24  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m27  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 500m30  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m31  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m34  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m37  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1500m39  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m40  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m41  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1500m45  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1000m54  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 500m55  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 500m60  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1500m82