- Age 28 (February 27, 1986)
- Birthplace Zwolle, Netherlands
- Residence Heerenveen, Netherlands
- First Olympics 2014
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News Desk: Julie Donaldson provides an update on the men's 1000m speed skating results from Sochi. The Netherlands' Stefan Groothuis took home gold, followed by Canada's Denny Morrison and the Netherlands' Michel Mulder who claimed silver and bronze, respectively. This marks the first time since 1998 that no American reached the podium in this event.
Netherlands Michel Mulder and teammates Jan Smeekens and Ronald Mulder, Michel's twin brother, sweep the 500m speed skating medals. Known as one of the sprints of speed skating, the 500m had never been won by a Dutchman in Olympic competition. Speed skating is the national sport of the small European nation.
The Men's 500M speed skating event was decided by .01 seconds, with Dutchman Michel Mulder edging fellow Dutchman Jan Smeekens. The bronze went to Mulder's brother, Ronald, and the race was the second Dutch-dominated speed skating race so far in Sochi. Michel Mulder was unsure if he has won the gold, but his reaction when he found out is priceless.