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Yara van Kerkhof

Short Track NED

Yara van Kerkhof

Yara van Kerkhof
  • Birth date 5/31/1990
  • Birthplace Zoetermeer
  • Residence Heerenveen
  • Height/Weight 5'4"/ 114 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

  • Residence
  • Heerenveen, NED
  • Higher education
  • Human Movement Studies - De Haagse Hogeschool: Netherlands
  • Hobbies
  • Eating with friends, going to the cinema, reading, playing sport. (schaatsen.nl, 05 Oct 2013)
  • Injuries
  • She broke her collarbone after falling off her bicycle in August 2015. She missed two weeks of training because of the injury. (schaatsen.nl, 20 Aug 2015)

    A back injury affected her performances during the 2014/15 season. (schaatsen.nl, 03 Dec 2014)
  • Famous relatives
  • Her sister Sanne represented Netherlands in short track at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Feb 2015; schaatsen.nl, 05 Oct 2013)
  • Why this sport?
  • Her parents encouraged van Kerkhof and her sister Sanne to try the sport.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Her sister Sanne, coach Jeroen Otter. (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)
  • Ambitions
  • To win an Olympic medal. (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)
  • Awards and honours
  • She was named the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. (yvz.nl, 31 Jul 2016)
  • Name of coach
  • Jeroen Otter [national], NED
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She began skating in 2001 in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • Dutch, English
  • Nicknames
  • Pitbull (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Hard work pays off, everything is possible." (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2017)
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