Who is Kjeld Nuis?
Kjeld Nuis was born in 1989. He is a Dutch speed skater. He is a two-time Olympic Champion who has won Olympic gold medal in both 1000 and 1500 m event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He is a two-time World Single Distance Champion in the 1000 m and 1500 m events from 2017 and many time World Single Distance Medalist in the 1000 m and 1500 m events from 2012-2017. Nuis is also a 4 time season overall World cup season winner of the 1000 m distance from 2012 to 2018 and 2 times winner over 1500 m (2017 and 2018). He specializes in 1000 and 1500 metres.
Kjeld Nuis indulges in skating, break dancing, music and snowboarding in his spare time. The athlete's partner is Jill De Robles. They have a son Jax. The two found each other at a festival, but Jill De Robles admits that she had an eye on the skater for some time. His partner Jill de Robles was named Miss Holland in 2011.
"When Kjeld did not qualify for the Olympics, my mother said; that's a nice boy. Maybe you should comfort him. And I thought it was a nice thing ", Jill revealed in an interview. One thing led to another and Kjeld and Jill are now proud parents of son Jax. Nuis can speak Dutch, English, French and Spanish languages. He has been trained under coach Jac Orie who is from Netherlands and Geert Kuiper who is a national level coach.
Kjeld Nuis suffered a minor shoulder injury after he fell off his mountain bike while training in December 2016. He recovered in time to compete at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, where he triumphed in the 1000m and 1500m.
He began skating at age seven on a course in Leiden, Netherlands. His first recollection of skating was of watching Dutch speed skater Rintje Ritsma compete in a World Cup race on television. He took up the sport because he enjoyed the movement and the feeling of it.
He considers winning gold in the 1000m and 1500m at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea as his most memorable achievement. He regards his father and his partner as his greatest influence. He believes in the philosophy, "Carpe diem." which can be translated as 'Sieze the day'.
After missing out on selection for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he has become very depressed and he began seeing a sports psychologist. Prior to this he says he was easily affected by factors out of his control, such as an ice resurfacer coming on just before his race. "I could then become stressed and feel that everything wasn't optimal." Through the psychologist he says he has now learnt to adjust his mental approach and accept those things that are out of his control, and has implemented techniques such as breathing exercises, counting heartbeats and writing things down to cope with stress. "I am convinced that it works for me."
The Olympic champion has a large tattoo of a clock being held up by two hands on his left upper arm with letters on the clock-face. "The letters are the initials of my parents and my little brother. It stands for timeless love. My parents and my brother have always been there for me. It is just nice to show that the meaning of the tattoo is something human."
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Nuis won the gold medal at the 1500 m and 1000 m events. He has also won the 2017 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in the 1000 and 1500 meter events, and is the current holder of the Dutch 1000 m record. The World Single Distance Champion lives in Emmen.
At his recent stint in the 2018 Olympic Games, it was a nervous start for the reigning double world champion in the 1000m and 1500m events as he lined up on the inside lane against Finland's Mika Poutala, only to false start. Lorentzen was anxiously waiting to be crowned a double Olympic Champion when Nuis produced a blistering home straight and dipped to the line as he snatched the gold from the Norwegian, Lorentzen. Once his achievement was realised on the official clock, Nuis roared and pumped his fists with sheer joy and disbelief.
This victory was a great comeback and a great answer for his four years of depression. Four years ago, Nuis was not selected for the Sochi Games as he finished in fourth and tenth place in his respective 1000m and 1500m at the 2013 World Championships. During that time period, Nuis says he would become stressed easily by small factors such as ice makers coming on before the start of a race.
"I could then become stressed and feel that everything wasn't optimal," said Nuis.
He then visited a sports counselor and saw the improvement in his thought process. He has performed to the best of his ability by using stress-reducing techniques such as counting heartbeats, slow breathing and writing taught to him by the counselor. He said: "I am convinced that it works for me."
Net worth of the skater
The net worth of the skater is currently under review.