Gerard Kemkers Speed Skater
Gerard Kemkers (born 8 March 1967, in Groningen) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. There he won the bronze medal in the men's 5000 metres. Kemkers retired from international competition in 1990, due to a problem with his leg. He later became a speed skating coach, who guided skaters like Carl Verheijen, Jochem Uytdehaage, Ireen Wüst and Sven Kramer to international successes with the professional TVM-squad. During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (Italy) he coached Ireen Wüst to two medals: 3000m gold, 1500m bronze and Sven Kramer to a silver medal on the 5000m. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver he successfully coached Sven Kramer to the gold medal at the 5000m and Ireen Wüst to the gold medal on the 1500m. During the 10 km race of Sven Kramer, he made a mistake and guided Kramer to the wrong lane. Sven Kramer was disqualified for failing to change lanes. As a result, Lee Seung-Hoon won gold with a new Olympic record, 12:58.55. Kramer later said, "At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it".
|Date of birth|
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1988 Winter Olympics Calgary
The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, was a Winter Olympics multi-sport event celebrated in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada between February 13 and 28, 1988. The host city was selected in 1981, defeating Falun, Sweden and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Most events took place in Calgary while several skiing events were held in the mountain resorts of Nakiska and Canmore, west of the city. A record 57 nations competed and 1,423 athletes participated. The Soviet Union won the most medals at 29, followed by East Germany with 25. As it had in Montreal in 1976, Canada again failed to win a gold medal in an official medal event as the host nation. Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen and Dutch speed skater Yvonne van Gennip were individual medal leaders, capturing three gold medals apiece. The Games are also remembered for the "heroic failure" of British ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards and the Winter Olympic debut of the Jamaica national bobsled team.