Jorien Ter Mors is attempting to become the first women to skate both long and short track at the same Games. The only other skater to have done it is Latvia's Harold Silovs, who did it in Vancouver. Ter Mors, though, could win medals, possibly in both. She's been skating short track for much longer than long track and won silver in the 1000m and bronze in the 3000m at the 2013 World Championships. That was her best individual event in her short track career, and the 2013/14 season was her best to date. She won her first second individual World Cup medal with a bronze in the 1500m at the World Cup Shanghai. The versatile skater started long track around the same time as her success in short track began peaking. She started in 2012 and won bronze in the 3000m in her international debut at the World Cup Heerenveen. Ter Mors went on to win the national allround championships, a very competitive event with a talented field. At the World Cup Berlin, Ter Mors was in the B level 1500m and 3000m races, but her times were better than the A division winners in both distances. She won gold in the 1500m and team pursuit, in long track, in Sochi.
- 2014 long track Olympic Games- finished first in the 1500m and team pursuit
- 2013/14 short track World Cup Shanghai- finished third in the 1500m
- 2013 short track World Championships- finished second in the 1000m and third in the 3000m
- 2013 long track national single distance championships- finished first in the 1500m and second in the 3000m
- 2012/13 long track national allround championships- overall winner
- 2012/13 long track World Cup Heerenveen- finished third in the 3000m
Things to know:
1. Her father, Henk, had a year long battle with cancer, and she found out just days before 2013 World Championships that the prognosis wasn't good and a recovery was pretty much impossible. Ter Mors is dedicating her performance in Sochi to her late father.
2. Ter Mors has the same coach, Jeroen Otters, that Harold Silovs, who was the only skater to compete in both short and long track at the same Games, had.
3. If she skates in the team pursuit and reaches the quarterfinals of the 1000m in short track, she will have a conflict on Friday, February 21. The team pursuit quarterfinals conclude at 6:46pm and the short track 1000m quarterfinals begin at 8:44pm. Fortunately, speed skating’s Adler Arena and short track’s Iceberg Skating Palace are both located within the Olympic park just a short walk apart, so the doubleheader is possible.