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Posted: Mar 1, 3:33p ET | Updated: Jan 21, 5:59a ET

Kramer considers change to coaching team

After disastrous issues in Vancouver, Dutch star might seek new help

RICHMOND (AP) -- Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer is considering hiring an additional coach after a disastrous error by his current one cost him a second gold medal.

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Kramer said Sunday he was not planning to dump Gerard Kemkers but may add another coach to his team as he builds toward the Sochi Games in 2014.

Such an addition though would sharply change the way Kramer has been working with Kemkers the past five years as he became the world's dominant skater.

Kramer won the 5000m race in Vancouver. In the 10,000m, Kemkers sent him into the wrong lane during a crossover deep into a race he was well on his way to winning. More miscommunication cost the Dutch team pursuit a spot in the final. It settled for the bronze medal Saturday despite setting an Olympic record.

"It is tough because three times you are fastest and you only have one gold. You have nothing to show for the rest," he said.

Kramer leaves Vancouver with far more question marks than medals. Those questions began after he won the 5,000 during the opening day of speed skating.

"I was thinking that if I get the 5K done, then the rest will be easier. The opposite was true. And it was caused by others. That leaves a bad taste," he said.

"I cannot deny that at first the sense of trust (in Kemkers) gets a dent, but not up to the point it has become unworkable."

Kramer is 23 and has lived in pursuit of these three golds for years. And who would have doubted his credentials? He is a world-record holder and multiple world and European champion over long distances. Add the overpowering Dutchmen in team pursuit and nothing could go wrong.

He had lived a Spartan lifestyle to set up his "Svencouver" Olympics. He cannot do it again for Sochi.

"To go through the same program for another four years is simply too much to ask. I have to stay motivated and that is important."

And that's where a new trainer with a fresh approach could help. round championships more than on the World Cup races over the next few years.

"It is clear I want something new," he said.

Even celebrating the bronze in the team pursuit, where faulty commands on a skater's position led to a semifinal loss, at the Holland House was something of a downer.

"You have to do it, but I'd rather not," he said. "I cannot celebrate a third place."

Yet, he's able to marvel at the incessant jokes back home about his botched lane switch.

"Sure, how can you think it up so fast?" he said. "How can you get it on the internet so fast? Well done!"

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