Sven Kramer, born April 23, 1986 in Heerenveen, Friesland , Netherlands, is a Dutch long track speed skater. He is the son of former speed skater Yep Kramer.
Kramer is the current Dutch, European, and World All-round Champion as of January 2008. He is also the reigning world champion and world record holder in the 5,000 m, 10,000 m and the team pursuit (with Carl Verheijen and Erben Wennemars); and the leader in the Adelskalender (rankinglist of personal records) as of November 17, 2007.
Kramer became known in December 2004 when he won the Dutch Allround Championships and thus qualified for the European Allround Championships for the first time, where he won the silver medal. At the World Allround Championships 2005 he came third.
During the 2006 World Allround Championships in Calgary, Kramer set a new world record in the 10,000 m with a time of 12:51.61. Kramer won both the two longest distances at the championships, but had to settle with bronze overall.
In the 2006-2007 season, Sven Kramer won the first two 5000 m world cup races, the second in 6:09.78, just outside his world record time. In December 2006 he again became national allround champion, where a personal record in the 500 m, his weakest distance, gave him great prospects for the international allround championships.
On January 14, 2007, Kramer was crowned European Allround Champion in Collalbo, Italy and in February 2007, he became world allround champion for the first time. He skated the 500 m and the 10 km in personal bests, the latter in a new world record of 12:49.88.
At the world championships of 2007 in Salt Lake City, Kramer proved again that he is a champion: participating in the 5000, 10000 meters and the team pursuit, he got 3 out of 3, the 10000 and the team pursuit in world records.
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