Despite two solid Olympic performances, Stefan Groothuis has no medals to show for it. In Torino, he finished eighth in the 1000m, which is his best distance. Vancouver was an even closer outcome, with Groothuis finishing fourth and just missing the podium for the 1000m. He also finished 16th in the 1500m in Vancouver. The middle distance specialist hit the accelerator after 2010, and his international results prove it. In 2011, he finished first in the overall World Cup standings for the 1000m and third for the 1500m. The next year, the Dutch speed skater won the 1000m at the World Single Distances Championships and second first in the overall World Cup standings for the 1000m, making 2012 his most successful season. Groothuis won the 1000m in Sochi.
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished first in the 1000m
- 2012 World Cup- finished second in the overall standings for the 1000m
- 2012 World Single Distances Championships- finished first in the 1000m
- 2011 World Cup- finished first in the overall standings for the 1000m and third in the 1500m
- 2010 Olympic Games- finished fourth in the 1000m and 16th in the 1500m
- 2006 Olympic Games- finished eighth in the 1000m
Things to know:
1. All of his personal best times except for one were set in Calgary.
2. Tore his Achilles in 2007 and had surgery. He didn't skate again until 2008.
3. His hobbies include mountain biking and snowboarding.