Sven Kramer

Sven Kramer

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Sven Kramer (born April 23, 1986 in Heerenveen) is a Dutch long track speed skater. He is the Olympic champion of the 5000 meter in Vancouver 2010, and four-time European and World Allround Champion. He is also the reigning and three-time world champion and world record holder in the 5,000 m, 10,000 m, and the team pursuit (the latter alongside Wouter Olde Heuvel and Erben Wennemars). Before Shani Davis he was first in the Adelskalender; as of March 7, 2009, he is second behind Davis. Winning the 2010 World Allround Championship, he was the first speed skater in history to win 4 consecutive world allround championships, and 8 consecutive international allround championships.

Personal life

Sven Kramer was born on April 23, 1986 in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands. He is the son of former speed skater Yep Kramer, and the four year older brother of speed skater Brecht Kramer.

Speed skating career

Junior career

In the 2004 season he came in second at the Junior allround world championships.

In December 2004 he won the Dutch Allround Championships at just 18 years old and thus qualified for the European Allround Championships for the first time, where he won the silver medal. At the World Allround Championships 2005 he came in third. At the end of that season he signed a contract with the Dutch TVM-team.

Kramer set a new world record for the 5,000 m in Salt Lake City on November 19, 2005 when he was 19 years old. With his time of 6:08.78 he...
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