Speed Skating Hall of Fame

Bob de Jong

Born: November 13, 1976 - Leimuiden (NED)

Bob de Jong (Nov. 13, 1976) is a Dutch speed skater, born and raised in Leimuiden, The Netherlands. Bob made his debut in the speed skating world in 1995. He was the World Junior All Round Champion in both 1995 and 1996. He has competed in All-round tournaments (consisting of the 500, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters) for many years and is known for his endurance, frequently placing in the 5,000 m. and often winning the 10,000 m.

Bob has also won numerous medals during individual World Distance Speed Skating Championships. In 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2012, he won gold in the 10,000 m.; this is a span of 13 years, almost unheard of in individual professional sports.

Bob also represented The Netherlands during the Olympic Games. He participated in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. After success in ’98 (a silver medal in the 10,000 m.) and disappointment in ’02, he won his most celebrated medal in 2006: Olympic Gold in the 10,000 m. in Turin, Italy!! On that day, he skated in the 4th pairing and watched all skaters who came after him failing to beat his time. In the last heat fellow Dutchie Carl Verheijen and Chad Hedrick from the U.S.A. were able to get close enough to get the silver and bronze, but Bob realized he skated his golden race that day.

In June, 2011, Bob was awarded with the Oscar Mathisen Award, by the Oslo Skating Club in Norway. The ‘skating oscar’ is awarded annually for outstanding speed skating performances of the season. Bob shares this award now with legendary skaters such as Johann Olav Koss, Gunda Niemann, Gianni Romme, Jeremy Wotherspoon and many more.

Recently Bob has focused more on the marathon-speed skating-scene in The Netherlands. As a team member of BAM, he keeps posting great results. Latest proof is third place on the 10k at the World Championships in Soshi in preparation for the Olympics and a World Cup victory on the same distance in the pre Olympic season.

All in all, Bob looks to be ready to go for another big finish in February 2014 in Soshi, Russia.

Carlo van Haastregt, December 7, 2013


Career summary


Podia at championships

yearpositionchampionshipplace
19973 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersWarsawPOL
19982 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersNaganoJPN
2 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersCalgaryCAN
19993 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersHeerenveenNED
1 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersHeerenveenNED
20002 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersNaganoJPN
2 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersNaganoJPN
20011 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersSalt Lake CityUSA
2 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersSalt Lake CityUSA
20032 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersBerlinGER
1 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersBerlinGER
20042 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersSeoulKOR
20052 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersInzellGER
1 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersInzellGER
20061 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersTurinITA
20083 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersNaganoJPN
20093 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersRichmondCAN
20103 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersVancouverCAN
20111 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersInzellGER
1 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersInzellGER
20122 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersHeerenveenNED
1 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersHeerenveenNED
20133 World Championship Single Distances 10,000 metersSochiRUS
20143 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersSochiRUS

World Records

#disciplinerecorddateplace
13000 meters3:53.06Mar 8, 1996CalgaryCAN

Personal Bests

distancetimedateplace
500m0:37.86Mar 15, 2001CalgaryCAN
1000m1:18.74Jan 28, 1996CollalboITA
1500m1:48.22Mar 17, 2001CalgaryCAN
3000m3:41.89Nov 3, 2013CalgaryCAN
5000m6:07.43Nov 17, 2013Salt Lake CityUSA
10,000m12:48.20Mar 12, 2011InzellGER