Carl Verheijen is chef de mission of the Netherlands at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. The former skater succeeds Jeroen Bijl, who took on the task at the Winter Games in South Korea at the beginning of last year and is now director of the hockey association.
"It is fantastic that I have the confidence to be the chef in Beijing. It may seem far away, but preparations for the Winter Games are already in full swing," said Verheijen on Friday at the NOC * NSF sports umbrella site.
"This coming winter I'm going to make the first round of the different sports. This week I already visited Beijing to get the first impressions."
The 44-year-old Verheijen is a double Olympic medalist. At the 2010 Olympics in Turin, he captured bronze on both the 10 kilometers and the team pursuit. He also won gold five times at the World Championship distances.
"As a former Olympic skater, he has earned his spurs in sport," says technical director Maurits Hendriks of NOC * NSF, who himself was head of the mission for years. "But just as important is that after his active career in the social field, he has become proficient in managing multiple organizations."
Verheijen was already in 2012 and 2016 chef de mission at the Youth Olympic Games. He follows in the footsteps of his father Ed Verheijen, who led the Netherlands at the 2010 Games. At the Summer Games in Tokyo next year, Pieter van den Hoogenband is chief of the mission.
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