Athlete Year of Birth: 1991
Athlete Weight: 74kg
Athlete Lives: Netherlands
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He was born with a shorter left upper leg and no ligaments in his left knee. He is also missing bones in his right leg, and his right lower leg and foot were amputated in 2008.
Start of sporting career
He took up the sport at age 13.
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
He trains for 15-25 hours a week.
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in hand cycling at a 2011 World Cup race in Spain. “This victory is special, because I wasn’t the strongest but tactically I was the smartest.”
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Win or lose - it’s your choice how hard you will work for it.”
In March 2014 he was named Sportsman of the Year for 2013 of the Nieuwkoop community in The Netherlands.
RIO 2016 DUAL SPORT PLANS
He hopes to compete in both para-cycling and para-triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
PARA - TRIATHLON
PARA - CYCLING - ROAD
|4||H4 - Road Race||2012||London, GBR|
|8||H4 - Time Trial||2012||London, GBR|
|Road World Championships|
|3||H4 - Road Race||2013||Baie-Comeau, QC, CAN|
|8||H5 - Road Race||2014||Greenville, SC, USA|
|10||HCC - Road Race||2009||Bogogno, ITA|
|11||H4 - Time Trial||2011||Roskilde, DEN|
|18||HCC - Time Trial||2009||Bogogno, ITA|
|DNF||H4 - Road Race||2011||Roskilde, DEN|
|Castiglione della Pescaia|
|2||H5 - Road Race||2014||Castiglione della Pescaia, ITA|
|4||H5 - Time Trial||2014||Castiglione della Pescaia, ITA|
|International Para-cycling Cup - Cantimpalos|
|3||H5 - Road Race||2014||Cantimpalos, ESP|
|3||H4 - Road Race||2013||Matane, QC, CAN|
|7||H4 - Time Trial||2013||Matane, QC, CAN|
Athlete Language: Dutch, English
Athlete Other Sports: He competes in para-cycling and para-triathlon at international level.
Athlete Education: Technical Studies
Athlete Hobbies: Swimming, motocross.
Athlete Children: Partner Berit Gunderson
Athlete Injuries: In May 2013 he had appendicitis and needed an operation to remove his appendix. He was out for two weeks as a result.
Athlete Coach: Fedor Hes [national, cycling]; Bas de Bruin [national, triathlon]; Kees van Breukelen [personal]; Guido Vroomen [personal]; Johan Versluijs [personal, strength and conditioning]