Carlijn Achtereekte won a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Read some interesting facts about the Olympic athlete, including her net worth.
Who is Carlijn Achtereekte?
Carlijn Achtereekte was born on 29th January, 1990. She is a Dutch speed skater who specializes in long distances. Carlijn was born in Lettele. She has won three silver medals in the 5000 meters at the Dutch Single Distance Championships. At the 2015 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, she won a silver medal at the 5000 meters event just behind Martina Sáblíková. Achtereekte enjoys shopping, cycling, having lunch with friends as her hobbies. The athlete has studied at the School of human Movements and Sports in Zwolle, Netherlands. She studied psychomotor therapy at university, which incorporates medical, psychological, kinesiological, and rehabilitative components. She can speak both Dutch and English fluently. Achtereekte began skating at the age of nine or ten at the Deventer IJsclub in the Netherlands. She chose this field because her father encouraged her to try the sport and she began enjoying it more and more. Achtereekte stated her ambition to win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang which she stated in her submission form. She considers the Dutch speed skater Erben Wennemars as her hero. Her biggest influence in life is her coach Johan Frederiksen, her father and her brother. Achtereekte is always seen carrying a necklace with the picture of her late mother. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, her first Olympic Games, Achtereekte took a surprise gold medal in the 3000 metres, thereby fulfilling her ambition and surprising everyone as this was her very first Olympic stunt. She led home team-mates Ireen Wüst and Antoinette de Jong in a Dutch clean sweep of the podium, despite of never having won a World Cup race.
Net worth of the Olympic athlete
The net worth of the Olympic Athlete is currently under review.
Carlijn Achtereekte at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games
In the city of Gangneung, the Dutch speed skaters got their campaign off to a mind-boggling start with a clean sweep of the medals in the women’s 3,000 meters at the Winter Olympics on Saturday as the first time Olympian Carlijn Achtereekte surfaced out defending champion Ireen Wust to claim gold. This was her very first gold medal. Netherlands’ Carlijn Achtereekte celebrates winning gold in the women’s 3,000m speed skating event. Competitor, Wust just finished 0.08 seconds behind Achtereekte at the Gangneung Oval, with Antoinette de Jong winning the bronze medal. The gold was Achtereekte’s first-ever Olympic medal, while Wust’s silver draws her level with Germany’s Claudia Pechstein on nine career Olympic medals, the most by any speed skater. “Incredible. It’s an amazing feeling,” Achtereekte told in an interview, “I hoped. I was dreaming about it but I didn’t expect it.” The 28-year-old, who will not race again at the Olympic Games, was in the fifth of the 12 pairs to take to the tracks and faced a long enough wait to see whether her time would be enough for victory. ”It was hard to wait,“ she said. ”It was really close. (Wust) stayed under my time for really long. It was only the last lap that I won it and that’s my power. “I stay really flat and that’s also my plan. Ireen started really fast but I did also. I did a really flat race and that’s what won it in the end.” Wust, who will retire after the Pyeongchang Games, stormed out of the gates and was ahead of Achtereekte and seemingly headed for victory until just at the final corner, when she slowed fractionally and was overtaken by Achtereekte. Wust just miss out on gold. ”I just went for it,“ a disappointed Wust said. ”I think I had a really strong beginning of the race. I raced for the gold, not for silver or bronze. She added, “I went really well, only the last lap was really hard. In the end I was so close but it’s not good enough. I have to be satisfied with the silver, although it hurts a little bit.” If Wust had won the game then she would have become the first Dutch athlete to get five Olympic gold medals, but destiny had something else in store for Achtereekte. “My dream was to have four Olympics – Turin, Vancouver and Sochi I won gold, and to win gold again here in Pyeongchang but I have another chance on Monday. I‘m looking forward to that,” she said. “I‘m always determined for gold but maybe now a little extra.” said Wust in the interview after she had lost the race to Achtereekte. Her disappointment was valid but Achtereekte who emerged as a hero of the race did everyone proud.
All Carlijn Achtereekte fans can follow her on her Instagram page and Twitter handle. She is quite active on her official page on Instagram @carlijnachtereekte where she uploads a lot of her latest photos from events and competitions. She can be followed on her Twitter handle @Carlijn_A wherein she posts her personal opinions and latest photos too. Carlijn Achtereekte did her country and herself proud at the Winter Olympics this year. May she marvel in the field of speed skating in the coming years!