Renate Groenewold

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Renate Groenewold
Groenewold in 2007
Personal information
Birth nameRenate Titzia Groenewold
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 47)[1]
Veendam, Netherlands
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight73.5 kg (162 lb)[1]
Country Netherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1997
Medal record
Women's speed skating
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2002 Salt Lake City 3000 m
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin 3000 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Vancouver 3000 m
Gold medal – first place 2004 Hamar Allround
Gold medal – first place 2008 Nagano Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2007 Salt Lake City 3000 m
Silver medal – second place 2007 Salt Lake City Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2009 Vancouver Team pursuit
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Budapest Allround
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Hamar Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Hamar Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Erfurt Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Heerenveen Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Heerenveen Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Collalbo Allround

Renate Titzia Groenewold (born 8 October 1976) is a Dutch former long track speed skater and road bicycle racer.

Groenewold has won several Dutch Championships. In 1999, 2002 and 2003 she won the Dutch allround championship. At the European Allround Championships she has won various medals. Five times she came in third in the overall ranking. In 2005, she won the silver medal which was her best result at the European Championships. In 2001, she also came in third in the overall ranking on the World Allround Championships, which she won in 2004.[2]

Besides participating in the all-round championships Groenewold has participated in the championships for individual distances. Her best results there were winning the team pursuit in 2008 and the 3000 meters in 2009.

In 2002 Groenewold participated at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She won the silver medal in the 3000 m. However, on the 1500 m she fell in the second turn. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, rookie compatriot Ireen Wüst beat her to the gold on the 3000 m, leaving Groenewold with silver once more.[3]

In 2007, Groenewold joined Team DSB Bank, which was a women's professional cycling team that competed in international and UCI Women's Road World Cup events. In 2010, Groenewold competed again at the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver.[4] She falsely listed as one of lesbian athletes at the Games.[5][4]

After her active skating career she was a coach from 2011 until 2014.[6] In October 2018 she was appointed in the speed skating Technical Committee of the International Skating Union (ISU).[7]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[8]
500 m 39.48 26 January 2002 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:17.16 24 February 2001 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:55.29 20 November 2005 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:55.98 16 November 2007 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:01.21 27 November 2004 Thialf, Heerenveen


  1. ^ a b c "Renate Groenewold". ESPN. 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Renate Groenewold". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ "History of the Olympic Games 3000 meters Women". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Gay Olympians: Few are out and proud
  5. ^ Bloembergen, Jaap (13 December 2005). "Groenewold mentaal en fysiek weer de oude". NRC. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Renate Groenewold stopt als coach". NOS (in Dutch). 26 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Communication No. 2205" (PDF). International Skating Union (ISU). 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Renate Groenewold".

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