Dutch speed skater who won the gold medal in the 10,000 meter race at the 2013 Winter Olympics. He won his first World Single Distance Championships gold medal in 2013.
He was born in Oldeboorn and began skating for the BAM team in 2010.
At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he set a world record in the 10,000 meter event with a time of 12:44.45.
He married fellow speed skater Heather Richardson.
He and Ireen Wust are both Dutch Olympic gold medalists in speed skating.