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The Mistake That Cost Sven Kramer Olympic Gold | Strangest Moments

There aren’t many rules
to Olympic speed-skating. Get around the rink as quickly
as possible. That’s the gist. The fastest man or woman wins. But there’s one rule
you have to remember – there are only two lanes
on the speed-skating track and you have to skate
one lap in one lane and then the next lap
in the other. It’s simple, really. Alternate. This lane, then that lane,
then this lane, then that lane. Lap after lap. The whole sport is about rhythm. Dutchman Sven Kramer didn’t need
telling the rules or rhythms of speed skating. By the time of the 10,000m race
in Vancouver in 2010, Kramer hadn’t lost in four years. Sven Kramer! He’d won 18 consecutive
10,000m races and had a gold medal already from the 5,000m,
won the previous week. But on a fateful
February day in Canada, Kramer forgot his rhythm. JUDGE: Ready. Kramer was an
overwhelming favourite in Vancouver. He was last on the track,
from eight pairs of racers. Kramer was expected to destroy
his Russian partner Ivan Skobrev and to drift comfortably inside
the time of Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon, as well. For 16 laps everything was perfect. Skobrev was a dot in the mirrors.
Kramer was keeping bang on track. His rhythm was metronomic
and his style exquisite. Counting down the laps,
he had everything right. This lane, then that lane. Then 16 laps to go, then 15. 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8. Whoa! What’s happened here, Sven?! Rewind. Speed skaters have a close
relationship with their coaches. The men and women in the tracksuits
stand by the side of the ice, to offer
encouragement and direction. They also tell the skaters if they
should be in this lane or that. Kramer’s coach Gerard Kemkers had
done all of the above for 16 laps. But then,
he had a moment of madness. As Kramer approached the changeover,
after 6,600m of plain sailing, Kemkers shouted at Kramer
to go to the inside lane. But Sven was sure
he should be heading out. The 23-year-old Kramer yielded to his older
and more experienced coach. But crucially, his own
instincts had been right and his coach’s were wrong. Clean-living Sven Kramer was now
on the wrong side of the tracks. Kemkers knew it almost instantly, but was powerless
to go back in time. The South Koreans knew it, too. Watching from the middle
of the track, they knew Kramer was going to be disqualified. The only man who didn’t know it
was the man in the polished black and orange skating suit,
who thought he was heading for a gold medal. He flew over the line,
smashing the Olympic record, but now Kemkers had to come clean. Kramer learnt that he had lost
the Olympic gold from the man who had caused the calamity. And he was not happy. Not happy at all. You’d think a calamity on this scale
would mean the end of the road for an athlete and their coach. Kemkers had let Kramer down
in the most public way imaginable, on the biggest possible stage. But Sven dug deep
and forgave his coach. Despite some obvious tensions,
the duo stayed together. And Sven was rewarded for
his patience four years later, at the Sochi Winter Games,
when he won two gold medals under the guidance of Kemkers. All’s well that ends well? Hmm, not quite. Just five weeks after Sochi,
Kramer dumped his coach. As they say, it’s easier
to forgive than to forget.

David Frank



  1. Iris Kroes Posted on January 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    This was one of the most cringey moments of dutch ice skating….

  2. Pieter Peter Posted on January 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm


  3. ??? ??? Posted on January 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    It was so unprofessional for the Korean skater to do that

  4. shannon f Posted on January 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I was a volunteer downstairs after this race. It was intense. Kramer was freaking out to Dutch media. I felt bad for both. His coach looked sick.

  5. P T Posted on February 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

    As a professional you should know which lane to take, you should know when your coach is wrong

  6. John de Jong Posted on February 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    As a Dutchman I found this event sort of funny. The lost world cup final 5 months later is still haunting me until this day though.

  7. Travel Stories Around Posted on February 3, 2018 at 7:56 am

    He didn't dump his coach five after Sochi lol. Months before Sochi Kemkers himself already decided that he'd stop coaching after the Olympic season.

  8. Amadea27 Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:22 am

    What have we cried after this 😥😥😥😥😥😥

  9. darragh Doyle Posted on February 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Ecu triúr é nó

  10. Pippi De Koning Posted on February 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Eeeeee Nederland

  11. Fizz826 Posted on February 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Looked exactly like Cindy Crosby throwing a fit during some games.

  12. Default: Yorker Posted on February 11, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Guess who just won in Pyeongchang?

  13. Hasan Demir Akdemir Posted on February 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I couldn't shocked this event since 2008 Singapore Grand Prix

  14. per cha Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:34 am


  15. Libby Friedman Qin Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:51 am

    OHMYGOD. I can not believe the coach did that……. how!!!?!??!?!?!?

  16. Kaempfer M Posted on February 12, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I suggest the Netherlands change their ugly orange uniforms first. Kramer looks like he’s wearing a pair of black shorts over a pair of bright orange leotards. Hideous uniforms. Don’t know what they’re thinking.

  17. Drillon Recto Posted on February 13, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Kramer with his speed, i think, would win with any coach.

  18. Per07 Posted on February 13, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    That corean celebrating with his national flag, what a loser

  19. Markamanic Posted on February 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    When this happened everyone in the room started freaking out. we couldnt believe our golden boy made a mistake

  20. Muhammad Alrashed Posted on February 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    what is the music please !!

  21. Emma Anderson Posted on February 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Huh, I just realized that the color for the Russian and the Netherlands flag are the same.

  22. EzErNzK Posted on February 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    At least he has no one to blame but himself this time around, too bad Sven..

  23. TheRealD4VID Posted on February 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Why didn't he tell Kramer then do two consecutive outer laps to cancel out his mistake?!

  24. gr g Posted on February 16, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Iam from korea sorry and you are no.1

  25. Jack Zimmerman Posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    When just made an Olympic record on the 5000m

  26. CDN42 Posted on February 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Rightfully disqualified but the Korean skater embarrassed himself to no end. If the only way you win is on a technicality like this you need to tone any celebrating down to zero.

  27. Jack liu Posted on February 17, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I feel sorry for him

  28. Berkshire Posted on February 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    코치 뒤에가서 5분간 손들고 서있어 짜샤^^

  29. esther Posted on February 17, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    The fact that Sven had one foot in the outside lane then his coach made him take the inside lane was even more tragic.

  30. Jay Lew Posted on February 18, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Id skull f#€]< him to death. Def got paid off, or put money himself with a bookie

  31. Aeceus Posted on February 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Deffo a fix, must be easy to do.

  32. 따랑해아이유 Posted on February 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    스벤 사랑해!!!♥.. 한국떠나지마ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

  33. 따랑해아이유 Posted on February 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    ㅠㅠ스벤 슬퍼하는모습 맘아프다으헉😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭코치dogㅅHㄲ1

  34. max printscreen Posted on February 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Korea win ~! Hahaha

  35. VoiiD Posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:06 am

    I thought it said ‘strongest women’ on the thumbnail

  36. yugytomm Posted on February 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    What happens to the other guy, when somebody crosses into his line?

  37. Petr Filipec Posted on February 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    What is name of this song, please? Thankss!! 🙂

  38. Tristian Sebastian Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Going on the inside was shorter thus saving time. Had he went outside as required, finishing time would had been slightly longer.

  39. Sc Donster Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    His coach accepted bribe, they are good at cheating for money

  40. Harihara Sarma Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    That night Kramer rear ended his couch………..

  41. 김태진 Posted on February 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    벤쿠버 올림픽에서 크라머 실격되면서 이승훈이 어부지리로 금메달 따서 좋아했는데 지금보니 많이 미안해지네.4년간의 노력이 코치의 실수 때문에 한순간에 물거품이 됐는데 얼마나 빡치고 허무할까……………….  Kramer…….I'm  so sorry

  42. Johnathan Patrick Posted on February 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Sven was pissed!!!! And I can't blame him. That was a catastrophic mistake. At least Sochi provided some justice. 😊😊

  43. აფრენა Posted on February 23, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Dutch people with bad manners

  44. Lima Bean Posted on February 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Poor guy, I don't blame him for being pissed, I'd be furious if that was me.

  45. Stargazer Posted on February 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    He probably would have been disqualified anyway but… Why didn't his coach at least take a chance and lead him to two consecutive outer ring laps then? He would have skated the right distance if so

  46. 도 도 Posted on February 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    크라머 대인배넹 멋지당 '잊는거보다 용서하는게 쉽다~'

  47. Crystal Sugar Posted on February 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Nah there wouldn’t be a such thing as forgiving after then match, lol better be paying me some money or something. Caused him a easy gold sad sad sad

  48. kkhans khan Posted on February 26, 2018 at 9:11 am

    미성숙 개체구만… 젓좀 더 먹고와라…평창엔…

  49. Aleks the Great Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:34 am

    8 years after Sven Kramer still compete and still win

  50. song hoon Posted on March 1, 2018 at 6:25 am

    So, olympic champion is Lee
    Seung Hoon from SOUTH KOREA!!!

  51. Ward Huyskes Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    The greatest speed skater that has ever been and that will probably ever will be. The only thing he couldn't achieve was an olympic gold medal on the 10k. nonetheless every Dutch person will remember he was unstoppable in his heyday.

  52. Rudywtf Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    the real shame would be if the other athlete accepted the gold medal

  53. 마이전북달링 Posted on March 1, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    크라머ㅋㅋ코스체인지 실격으로 이승훈 금메달ㅋㅋ

  54. DutchDread Posted on March 4, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Oh man, I remember this, it was a national tragedy.

  55. looks-like-kristoff Posted on March 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    i don't get it whats the point of switching lanes

  56. Janet Bryant Posted on March 8, 2018 at 2:37 am

    How does slip

  57. The3rdID Posted on March 8, 2018 at 4:36 am

    What a dumb archaic technicality.

  58. chloe더 플라워 Posted on March 9, 2018 at 5:58 am

    헐 이승훈 머냐…

  59. Klaipeda LIM Posted on April 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Poor fellow.. He won all the 5k in 3 olympics but only 1 silver in 3 of them despite being a long world record holder in the 10k.

  60. Teresa Chen Posted on April 8, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Kemkers needs a reminder

  61. 얘째래걔 Posted on April 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    코치가 무릎꿇고 빌어도 모자란거 아닌가 실수였지만 본인한테는 진짜 개빡쳤을것같은데 한 대 안친게 다행이다

  62. the levy Posted on May 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I personally would not mess with a guy names Sven Kramer

  63. Thirukumaran Sabapathi Posted on June 2, 2018 at 4:21 am

    You are wanted when you win. You

  64. GrapeJam :D Posted on June 5, 2018 at 5:11 am

    I feel sorry for his coach, I mean it's his fault but everyone makes mistakes and everyone probably blames the coach …

  65. Black Jacket Posted on June 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    winning gold and dumping. that's what I'd call an absolute player

  66. Ryan Noy Posted on July 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    tsk tsk… coach… you… why

  67. Bellewatches YT Posted on August 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

    They look like frozone

  68. RJTofuChipmunk Posted on August 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Its nice Sven forgave his coach

  69. Ice_wallow_ Come Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Who won

  70. Aleya MC Posted on September 21, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Do you not have eyes if he was in the inside he goes out not in you….arrrrrh

  71. Lucas Liso Posted on October 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Someone won a gold medal in ice skating because of someone else's error, and he was not Australian? That makes no sense!

  72. sydney-est Posted on October 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    wait so the coach told him to go inside? that’s the smaller lane right? and the coach was wrong?

  73. Lemonsso Posted on November 7, 2018 at 5:36 am

    I’ve always hated speed skating. Once we went to the Oval (My School) and we went skating. I remember we held a speed skating event for fun and my friends convinced me to skate. But I was so scared I would fall, I started crying. But of course we sorted that and I joined in. I fell onto my bottom and some kid almost fell on me. Wow, can’t wait for this year when they start figure skating and hockey. -.-

  74. freshname Posted on November 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    That asll is extremely entertaining but i HATE Olympic channel for their RELUCTANCE to pronounce Russian names correctly.

  75. Evita Posted on November 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I remember watching this live on tv with my (dutch) family and we where screaming and my dad even left the room!

  76. 이니제 Posted on January 4, 2019 at 9:19 am


  77. dinesh yeruva Posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    He looks like Sidney Crosby

  78. K.monzingo_ Posted on January 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

    He looks like Sid the kid

  79. Frickie Posted on February 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    3:45 amazing shot tho😂

  80. Jonathan Ngo Posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    what song was used in the background?

  81. CLOUT GFX Posted on February 24, 2019 at 1:02 am

    That’s good that he forgave the coach!!

  82. Robert Harinarain Posted on February 27, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Broom video??

  83. Satish Yadav Posted on February 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    How many of you felt that Russia and Netherlands have quite similar flags?

  84. Sandra Is my name Posted on March 2, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Is it just me who was dragged here by a broom?

  85. ronilo suclatan Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm


  86. Facio ergo sum Posted on March 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I would throw up if I was the coach. Bet there was alot of sleepless nights for them both 😭😖

  87. Tavi T Posted on May 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    ice skating: terrifying
    speed skating: Why?

  88. 「Cherry」 Posted on May 18, 2019 at 1:37 am


  89. Add E Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:31 am

    This is NOT his coach's fault. All he has to do is move forward and swap lanes every lap. That's his job. Literally. His coach is there to keep him from making a mistake, but it is Kramer's job to skate his race. I feel bad for the dude, don't get me wrong, but I'm sure once he cooled off, he'd tell you the same thing.

  90. Ebony Russell Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Imagine winning a gold medal because someone else made a mistake lol. I guess that’s how sports work really.

  91. Hombre de Mercurio Posted on June 30, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Ahh pinche entrenador 🤦‍♂️

  92. Shahzaib Ahmed Posted on July 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The Korean shouldn’t have celebrated like that you won because of a technicality not because of your ability

  93. Seven T Posted on July 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Second hand embarrassment 🥴

  94. TheDRMISTERY Posted on July 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Eerie that I just watched this video for the first time today and then an hour later I read that Lee Seung-hoon, who won gold here, will face a 1-year ban over… alleged assault of teammates (!!!).

  95. uknow who Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Further proof that it doesn't pay to trust anybody but your own gut.

  96. liyah lips Posted on August 6, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Wow I’d be absolutely furious but it was an honest mistake

  97. Makalah Harvey Posted on August 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm


  98. Honfy Lam Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:13 am

    question is, if there was absolutely no obstruction, why can't they allow him to skate the outer lane an extra time, effectively skating exactly the same required distance?