Erben Wennemars

Erben Wennemars

Erben Wennemars is a real sprinter. He tends to do everything at speed and as fast as humanly possible. His enthusiasm and passion have been evident on the ice. His stroke was well-known because of its power, impatience and exasperated. His thrive for winning was obviously clear. He always wanted to be a winner everywhere. For many years Erben Wennemars dominated the short distances in speed skating. Since 1998 he belonged to the absolute elite in the world. Together with Jan Bos he was our ace in the Nagano Olympics in the same year. However, because of a terrifying fall, in which Grunde Njos took him from aside, he wasn’t able to perform at top-level.  Therefore, he achieved his first international success only at the World Distance championships in 2003, where he became World Champion on 1000 and 1500 meters. The year after he became World Champion Sprint, a title he prolonged in 2005. He was honored with the title sportsman of the year in the Netherlands in 2004. In 2006 he won an individual bronze medal in 1000 meters at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin and, together with Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen, Rintje Ritsma and Mark Tuitert a bronze medal in the team pursuit. After his skating career Erben started as a communication manager at Randstad and he started his own company, ‘Erbens Natuurijs’, producing biological yoghurt ice, supporting the Youth Sport Foundation and he is ambassador of Meeus Runclub. By now Erben is the settled commentator at Speed Skating Championships with the NOS, the Dutch National Broadcasting and he has his own column on the radio in the program BNN Today.