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It’s A Girl For Speedskating Olympian Heather Bergsma

By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 08, 2020, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

Heather Bergsma competes in the 1000m race at the ISU World sprint speed skating Championships on Jan. 23, 2011 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.


The Bergsma family now has enough members for a speedskating pursuit team, plus an alternate.

Since they don’t make newborn skates, that’ll likely be Barbara Jean Bergsma, born Sept. 7 to Team USA Olympic medalist Heather Bergsma and husband Jorrit, an Olympic gold medalist who competes for the Netherlands. Their first child, son Brent, was born in October 2018.

Bergsma, 31, officially retired from competition this past February but took time off from the sport when Brent was born to be a stay-at-home mom. It turned out to be the perfect second career for one of the most dominant speedskaters in Team USA history.

“I took two years to see how I felt,” Bergsman told TeamUSA.org at the time of her retirement. “I just decided I really enjoy being a stay-at-home mom and spending all my time with Brent.”



Now she’ll get to spend that time with Brent and Barbara, who will no doubt grow to love the sport their parents mastered. Heather Bergsma made her Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010, and from 2011 to 2018 won three distance world championships, a sprint world title and ten other world championship medals. Bergsma capped off her career with an Olympic medal at her third Games in 2018, winning bronze in team pursuit with Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello.


Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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