Ids Postma

Ids Postma
Personal information
Birth name Ids Hylke Postma
Nationality Dutch
Born (1973-12-28) 28 December 1973
Dearsum, Netherlands
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Spouse(s) Anni Friesinger-Postma (2009)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1993
Coached by Henk Gemser
Retired 2004
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 35.99 (2001)
1000 m: 1:09.15 (2002)
1500 m: 1:45.41 (2002)
3000 m: 3:58.53 (2002)
5000 m: 6:32.92 (2000)
10 000 m: 13:45.91 (1998)

Ids Hylke Postma (born 28 December 1973) is a Dutch former speed skater. He is an Olympic gold medalist[1] and former world champion.

In 1993 Postma finished 2nd at the Speedskating World Championships for Juniors. In his first year as senior skater, he became Dutch Allround Champion, finished second behind Johann Olav Koss at the World Allround Championships, and came 4th in the European Championships, but nevertheless did not qualify for the Dutch Olympic team. In 1997 Postma won both the European Allround Championships and the World Allround Championships.[2]

His greatest success came in 1998 when he became World Allround Champion again, also setting a world record in the point-sum combination, and won two Olympic medals at the Olympic Games in Nagano. He won the 1,000 meters event and placed second at his specialty, the 1,500 meters, just behind Ådne Søndrål from Norway. Also in 1998, he was the first skater who skated an official world record on the 1,500 meters below 1:50.00: Postma did this in Berlin.[2] Erben Wennemars had done the same the summer before, but that time was not ratified by the International Skating Union.[2] Postma's record did not last long, because a few hours later Kevin Overland skated to a new record in Calgary.[2]

Postma is also a three-time World Champion in the World Single Distance Championships. He won the 5,000 meters in 1996 and the 1,500 meters in 1999 and 2000.

In October 2004 Postma announced his retirement[3] and nowadays he lives on his farm in Deersum. He married German speed skater Anni Friesinger on 11 August 2009 in Salzburg. The couple will not live together on the farm until renovations are complete.[4] In August 2011, she gave birth to a daughter. [5] He previously had a relationship with Renske Vellinga, until she died in a car crash in 1994.


Personal records

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500m 35.99 30 November 2001 Salt Lake City
1,000m 1:09.15 16 February 2002 Salt Lake City
1,500m 1:45.41 19 February 2002 Salt Lake City
3,000m 3:58.53 15 November 2002 Inzell
5,000m 6:32.92 30 January 2000 Calgary
10,000m 13:45.91 15 March 1998 Heerenveen

Source:[6] &[7]

World records

1500 m1.49,8129 November 1997 Berlin
Big combination153.36715 March 1998 Heerenveen



  1. 1 2 3 "THE XVIII WINTER GAMES; The Women and Men Who Reached the Top Three Steps". The New York Times. 23 February 1998. p. C8. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Bjarte Hetland (28 November 2005). "Ids Postma". Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. "Postma zit in de wachtkamer". Friesch Dagblad. 29 September 2004.
  4. "Anni Friesinger en Ids Postma getrouwd". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  5. "Eisschnellläuferin Anni Friesinger-Postma bekommt Baby in Meppen". 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  6. "Ids Postma Personal best". Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  7. "Ids Postma". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  8. "Ids Postma". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Preceded by
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Marianne Timmer
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