Erben Wennemars

Erben Wennemars

Multiple World Skating Champion and Analyst

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About Erben Wennemars

Erben Wennemars is without a doubt the most enthusiastic skater the Netherlands has ever known. In his impressive skating career, Erben became World sprint champion twice and he also won a bronze medal at the Turin Olympic Games. These days, Erben is committed to the Youth Sports Fund. He is also a consultant in sports marketing, trainer and coach for young skating talents, columnist for the newspaper, analyst at NOS, radio presenter for News BV, frequent participant in running events and motivational speaker for almost every kind of audience.

“The essence of sports is to color outside the lines. Then you are where others have not been yet."

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Erben Wennemars is enthusiastic, driven and ambitious. In his presentation he talks about his career, literally from trial to trial. He deals with topics such as personal development, passion, intrinsic motivation and pushing boundaries.

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Erben Wennemars is a driven and enthusiastic speaker who interacts with the audience quite well. It's nice to hear Erben speak about his passion and the connection he makes to our company. Thank you Erben!



Erben Wennemars is a real sprinter. He prefers to do everything as quickly as possible. His enthusiasm and passion were always clearly visible on the ice. His form, so characteristic, powerful, impatient and aggravated. His will to win was clearly visible. Erben Wennemars has dominated the short distances for years. Since 1998 he belonged to the absolute top. Erben achieved his first major international success in 2003. He became World Champion at 1,000 and 1,500 meters and a year later he became World Sprint Champion. In 2004, he was honored with the title "Sportsman of the Year" for his achievements. In 2005 he became World Sprint Champion again. In 2006 he won individual Olympic bronze in the 1,000 meters and in the team pursuit with Kramer, Verheijen, Ritsma, and Tuitert. After his active skating career, Erben was regularly approached to work for various "charities." That quickly became chaotic. Erben wanted to do good by himself and so he came up with 'Erbens Natuurijs'. A delicious organic yogurt ice cream that was sold for a year in the Dutch supermarket, of which the proceeds went to a youth sports foundation. He is also an ambassador for the Meeùs Runclub. Erben has now become the regular face at the NOS Studio Sports broadcast for skating competitions. In addition, he can be heard every Monday afternoon in the sports block at De Nieuws BV on NPO radio 1. In the summer of 2014 and in May 2015, he was shown in the theater program 'Sport monologues' in which he told his personal story in fifteen minutes. In September 2015, Erben Wennemars received the Major Bosshardt Prize for his work for the Youth Sports Fund.

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