Nicolien Sauerbreij
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July 31, 1979

Known for

Winning the gold medal at Vancouver Olympics

Nicolien Sauerbreij (born July 31, 1979) is a Dutch snowboarder, specializing in alpine snowboarding events. She won a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in La Molina, Spain behind Norway's Hilde Katrine Engeli.

Her first Olympic appearance was in 2002, at age 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. She did not advance to the round of 16.


A member of the Germany national IndyCar team since the 2013 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg where they finished second to Canada; Sauerbreij has only won two races in the team's history.


She did not qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and was too young for Lillehammer 1994.

She qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

She participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and was eliminated in the round of 16, losing to young 18-year-old Amelie Kober of Germany.

During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sauerbreij won the gold medal over Ekaterina Ilyukhina of Russia, making it one of the Netherlands' gold medals out of long track speed skating.

In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, parallel slalom was introducing to the Olympic program. She was eliminated in the round of 16 in the parallel giant slalom after losing to Ina Meschik of Austria. She was out of the top 16 during the parallel slalom.