About Pieter van den Hoogenband
With three Olympic titles, Pieter van den Hoogenband is a true Olympic phenomenon. An athlete who, when it came down to it, always managed to get the best out of himself. Pieter van den Hoogenband is Chef de Mission of the Dutch team during the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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The cool way Pieter van den Hoogenband talks about his successes only makes his performance more impressive. Pieter tells how he pushed his boundaries and made a difference with the rest of the world’s top.
An enthusiastic Pieter van den Hoogenband was present at the opening of swimming pool De Fluit in Leidschendam. He gave a swim clinic to swimming club AZL which was supported by a pop choir in the swimming room. After the clinic, he made enough time to shoot pictures and sign autographs.
Pieter van den Hoogenband is one of the most successful Dutch athletes. Like many top athletes, Pieter started at a young age. Already in his youth, he excelled by breaking Dutch records in his age group. A beautiful sports career lay ahead. Pieter van den Hoogenband proved to be excellent. When it really mattered, he was always there. After the two fourth places in 1996, all eyes were directed at Pieter van den Hoogenband during the 2000 Olympic Games. That he was resistant to the pressure turned out during the 100 and 200 meters freestyle. On both numbers, he became Olympic champion! On the 100 meters, he left Popov behind and on the 200 meters Thorpe. Four years later, at the Athens Games, Pieter van den Hoogenband managed to prolong his title in the 100 meters. A historic achievement because reaching the top is easier than staying there. After his active career, Pieter van den Hoogenband has remained involved in the top sport. As manager of the Topsport Community, he is a ‘spider in the web’ between sport, business, and science. Together with Lifeguard, he is committed to achieving a healthier and more vital society. He can also call himself Chef de Mission of our EYOF team (European Youth Olympic Festival) in Gyor 2017, and he takes care of the analyses on behalf of Eurosport during International tournaments. Pieter is also chief ambassador for Metakids and the Amsterdam City Swim. In 2018 he was appointed Chef de Mission of the Dutch teams for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. And in the summer of 2020, the NOS appointed Pieter as the best Dutch Olympic player ever.
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