Mark Tuitert

Mark Tuitert

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Mark Tuitert ; born April 4, 1980 in Holten, Overijssel) is a Dutch speed skater. He won gold at the 1500m sprint at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life

Tuitert married fellow Dutch speed skater Helen van Goozen in 2009. Ten years earlier, they both won gold medals at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships.

Speed skating career

2006 Olympic Games in Turin

Tuitert participated in the team pursuit event at the 2006 Winter Olympics, with team mates Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen, Erben Wennemars and Rintje Ritsma. The Dutch team was favourite and was leading Italy by nearly a full second in their semifinal matchup, but Sven Kramer stepped on a block and fell, taking Carl Verheijen with him. In the race for bronze, they defeated Norway, giving Tuitert his first Olympic medal.

2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, he won the gold medal in the 1500m. In the 17th race against Håvard Bøkko he set a new track record time (1:45.57), which was in hands of Shani Davis(1:46.19) . In the last race Davis could not beat Tuiterts time and became second.

The only other Dutch speedskaters winning a Olympic gold medal at the 1500 m were Ard Schenk at the 1972 Winter Olympics and Kees Verkerk at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

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Tuitert is currently 17th on the adelskalender. His...
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