Bob De Jong is a seasoned speed skater who specializes in the longer distances and has three Olympic medals in them. The Dutch speed skater participated in the 1998 Olympics where he won silver in the 10,000m. He won gold in Torino in the 10,000m and bronze in Vancouver in the 5000m. The 37-year-old might be older than most of his competition, but in the 2012-2013 season, he finished second overall in the World cup standings for the 5000m and 10,000m distances. He finished first in both of those distances in the 2011-2012 season. De Jong finished third in the 10,000m in Sochi.
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished third in the 10,000m
- 2013 World Cup- second in the overall standings in the 5000m/10,000m
- 2012 World Cup- first in the overall standings in the 5000m/10,000m
- 2011 World Cup- first in the overall standings in the 5000m/10,000m
- 2010 Olympic Games- bronze in the 10,000m
- 2006 Olympic Games- gold in the 10,000m
- 2002 Olympic Games- 30th in the 5000m and 15th in the 10,000m
- 1998 Olympic Games- silver in the 10,000m
Things to know:
1. Known as "diesel" because of his stamina and late-race prowess.
2. Participates in other winter sports, including Alpine skiing.
3. Competed in a Dutch version of "Dancing with the stars."