One of the most decorated athletes in any sport, Sven Kramer would have an even better Olympic record if not for a set of unfortunate events.
- Name - Sven Kramer
- Date of Birth - 23/04/1986
- Place of Birth - Heerenveen, Netherlands
- Sport/Discipline - Speed skating
- Honours - Olympics: Gold x3, Silver x2, Bronze x2; World Championships: Gold x19, Silver x2, Bronze x1
With 65 golds across national, European and international competition, 31-year-old Kramer is hardly lacking in illustrious achievements.
A nine-time world all-round champion, who possesses 19 World Championship golds, Kramer is also a three-time Olympic champion. He claimed the 5000m title in Vancouver and doubled up in Sochi, with the 5000m and team pursuit.
Added to these titles, he claimed a silver in the 5000m and bronze in the team pursuit in Turin; bronze in the team pursuit in Vancouver; and silver in the 10,000m in Sochi.
In Turin, he could have bettered bronze in the team pursuit but suffered an unlucky fall in the semi-final, taking out a team-mate. Worse was to follow in Vancouver, as he was disqualified after winning the 10,000m when it transpired he had used the wrong lane.
After sitting out 2010-11 due to injury, Kramer returned to Sochi in 2014 to pick up three more Olympic medals for a total of seven - only two other man have achieved that mark. He said about his hopes in PyeongChang in 2017:
" My objective is not just the 5,000m, of course, but the 10,000m and the team pursuit and maybe a little bonus with the 1,500m"