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Jorrit Bergsma

Jorrit Bergsma
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Jorrit Bergsma

Jorrit Bergsma
  • Birth date 2/01/1986
  • Birthplace Aldeboarn
  • Hometown Aldeboarn, Netherlands
  • Residence Aldeboarn
  • Height/Weight 6'2"/ 156 lbs
  • Olympics 2014


Jorrit Bergsma entered the 2014 Sochi Games, his first Olympics, fresh off a breakout year that saw him claim two world championships medals, a gold in the 10,000m and silver in 5000m. He made good on that promise, winning a pair Olympic medals: gold in the 10,000m ahead of his rival, fellow Dutchman Sven Kramer, and bronze in the 5000m behind Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen, also of the Netherlands. He was cheered on in Sochi by his now-wife, American speed skater Heather Bergsma (nee Richardson). The couple got engaged after two years of dating in 2013; Heather moved to the Netherlands shortly after the Sochi Olympics and they married the next year. Training together in Bergsma’s small hometown of Aldeboarn, the speed skating power couple have pushed each other to golden heights. Bergsma won another 10,000m gold at the 2015 World Single Distance Championships, 5000m silver at 2016 Worlds, and team pursuit gold and 5000m and 10,000m silver medals at the 2017 Worlds. Both his individual world silvers came behind Kramer, setting the two distance powerhouses up for a heated showdown in PyeongChang.
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Getting to know Jorrit Bergsma


Two-time world champion and two-time silver medalist in 10,000m


Lives in the northern province of Friesland 15 minutes away from Heerenveen, the famed Dutch speed skating hotbed


Considered trying to represent Kazakhstan after missing the Dutch team for Vancouver

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