The triumph of a skating mother

Episode of Andere Tijden Sport (VPRO-NOS) about skater Atje Keulen-Deelstra, January 2016.

It’s the late 1960s. Atje Keulen-Deelstra, born and raised in Friesland, is skating better and faster than ever before. She wants to become a member of the squad that currently includes Olympic champions Stien Kaiser and Carrie Geijssen. The skating federation deliberates for more than three hours over the admission of the Friesian mother of three, who is now 31 years old. Won’t this stand in the way of top performances?

By the time Atje ends her skating career in 1974 she has won a host of skating titles, and for the fourth time in a row her home village of Jirnsum organises a triumphant reception for their Atje.

On her way to a new record
Jelle, husband and best fan
Celebration in Jirnsum
Stien Kaiser and Carrie Geijssen
Amateur filmer