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Yara van Kerkhof

Netherlands

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTNED23105199001
NOCNetherlands
Born31 May 1990 in Zoetermeer 
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationHuman Movement Studies - The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.646 03 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:28.101 10 Nov 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:18.181 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 5:09.536 05 Jan 2014 Amsterdam  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    500m   1    
    3000m Relay     1  
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    3000m Relay   2    
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    1500m   1    
    3000m Relay 6 1 1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.yaravankerkhof.nl/  
www.facebook.com/yaravkerkhof  
twitter.com/yaravkerkhof  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamIJsvereniging Zoetermeer [YVZ]: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sport"I learned so I could skate with my sister and parents on the frozen lakes and canals in the winter. My sister did short track and I loved it so I wanted to do that too."  
Name of coachJeroen Otter [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age 10 in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesEating and socialising with friends. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Famous relativesHer sister Sanne represented the Netherlands in short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Feb 2015; schaatsen.nl, 05 Oct 2013)  
InjuriesShe broke her collarbone after falling off her bicycle in August 2015. She missed two weeks of training because of the injury and it took her two months to fully recover. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018; schaatsen.nl, 20 Aug 2015)

A back injury affected her performances and kept her out of action for three months during the 2014/15 season. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018; schaatsen.nl, 03 Dec 2014)

In 2010 she sustained a compression fracture to her back. She experienced pain for three months but continued to skate. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)
 
Awards and honoursShe was named the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. (yvz.nl, 31 Jul 2016)  
Most influential person in careerHer sister Sanne, and coach Jeroen Otter. (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Hard work pays off, everything is possible." (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)  
Other informationNATIONAL FIRST
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang she became the first Dutch woman to win an Olympic medal in short track, when she claimed silver in the 500m event. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Oct 2018; trouw.nl, 13 Feb 2018)

UNEXPECTED MEDAL
She was a member of the Dutch women's 3000m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite not qualifying for the A final. Two out of four teams in the A final were disqualified, meaning the Dutch team - who won the B final in a world record time - were awarded the bronze medal. (bbc.com, 20 Feb 2018; deadspin.com, 21 Feb 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has taken a course in human movement studies at Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)
 
NicknamesPitbull [from her coach], Ukkie, 'Kleintje' [which means she is small]. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs"I love routines. So I always do the same warm-up, go to the same spot in the dressing room and use the same heatbox." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the 500m and bronze in the 3000m relay at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m2  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall5  
    2013/2014 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m6  
    2012/2013 World Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2011/2012 World Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m7  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall8  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m8  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m8  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m9  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m9  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m10  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m10  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall10  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay10  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m11  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m11  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall11  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall12  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall12  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m12  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall12  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m14  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m14  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m15  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m15  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m15  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall17  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m18  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall19  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m20  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall21  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m25  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m27  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m29  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall30  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall34  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall35  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall36  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Almaty 3000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Seoul 3000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 3000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Changchun 3000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Moscow 3000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay4  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay4  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m4  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m5  
    2018/2019 Almaty 500m5  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m5  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m5  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m7  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m8  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay8  
    2010/2011 Dresden 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m9  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m9  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m9  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m9  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m10  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m10  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m10  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m10  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m10  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m11  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m11  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m11  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay12  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m14  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m14  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m16  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m16  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m18  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m18  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m19  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m19  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m19  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m20  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m20  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m21  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m26  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m26  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m28  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m28  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m28  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m37  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m38  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m40  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m42  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m49  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m49  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m58  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m61  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m67  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m69