Jochem Uytdehaage stepped onto the podium for the first time the 23 November 2001 in World Cup race until . Yet only 2½ months later, he was the most successful skater at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Uytdehaage entered three races and broke the world record in two of them. In the 5,000m event, he bettered Gianni Romme's world record by more than four seconds to take the gold medal ahead of Derek Parra. Uytdehaage came back to win the 10,000m by 11.11 seconds. He was the first skater to break the 13-minute barrier for 10,000m.