Paulien van Deutekom (The Hague, February 4, 1981) is a former Dutch speed skater who specialised in the middle long distances, over 1000 and 1500 metres.

In November 2005 Van Deutekom surprised when she skated among the best at the Speed Skating World Cup qualification tournament at several distances and as a result qualified herself to participate in those World Cups. During her first ever World Cup meeting in the Olympic Oval in Calgary she skated a new Dutch record over 1500 metres, skating 1:55.43, overtaking the record from Annamarie Thomas. A week later, Ireen Wüst would skate 1:54,93 which meant Van Deutekom had lost her record already.

Later, in December 2005 she participated at the 2005 Dutch Single Distance Championships, which was also the venue for Olympic Qualification. At the 1500 metres distance she finished in second position and qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics. She also had chances over 1000 metres, however only finished in fourth position and did not directly qualify. A skate-off between her and Barbara de Loor made the decision in De Loor's favour. She also was selected to be part of the pursuit team. At the Olympics itself Van Deutekom finished as 13th over 1500 metres, while the pursuit team was eliminated at an early stage.

On the European Championships Allround in January 2008 she became second after her teammate Ireen Wüst. In February 2008 Van Deutekom won the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Berlin.

In March 2008 Van Deutekom finished second at the World Single Distance Championships in Nagano on the 1500 meters and the 3000 meters.

In March 2012 Van Deutekom announced after the 1500 meter event at the World Cup in Heerenveen that she was ending her skating career.[1]

Personal records[edit]Edit

Personal records
Women's Speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500m 39,40 January 12, 2008 [1]


1000m 1.15,70 March 2, 2007 [2]


1500m 1.54,44 November 17, 2007 [3]


3000m 3.59,18 March 4, 2007 [4]


5000m 7.02,40 January 13, 2008 [5]


10000m 15.43,17 March 23, 2001 [6]


Source:[2] &[3]

Tournament summary[edit]Edit

year Dutch Distance Dutch Sprint Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround World Sprint World Distance [7]


World Cup
1999 15th 3000m
2000 11th 1500m

10th 3000m

2001 - 15th
2002 16th 1000m

16th 1500m 11th 3000m 6th 5000m

16th NC13
2003 12th 3000m NC14
2004 14th 1500m

17th 3000m

2005 13th 500m

8th 1000m 15th 1500m 14th 3000m

12th NC11
2006 4th 1000m

[8] 1500m

9th 13th 1500m

6th team pursuit

11th 1000m

6th 1500m

2007 4th 1000m

[9] 1500m [10] 3000m

4th 7th 6th 5th 1500m

6th 3000m [11] team pursuit

25th 1000m

6th 1500m 9th 3/5 km [12] team pursuit

2008 [13] 1000m

[14] 1500m [15] 3000m

4th [16] [17] [18] 12th 5th 1000m

[19] 1500m [20] 3000m 8th 5000m [21] team pursuit

9th 1000m

4th 1500m 13th 3/5 km 6th team pursuit

2009 7th 500m

[22] 1000m [23] 1500m [24] 3000m

5th [25] 4th 7th 29th 1000m

24th 1500m 22nd 3/5 km

2010 13th 1000m

9th 3000m

12th 35th 1500m

39th 3/5 km 5th team pursuit

2011 - 10th
2012 12th 1000m

15th 1500m 13th 3000m

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