De Nederlandse sportzomer
The so-called ‘Nederlandse sportzomer’ (Summer of Sports) is on its way! Having launched with the European soccer Championships, the summer of 2021 really will be full of sports events: from Wimbledon and the Tour the France to the Grand Prix and the Tokyo Olympics Games – we can’t wait for it all to get started, so that we can support our Dutch champions! Did you know that the Dutch excel in many sports?
Hup, Holland, Hup!
Many Dutch voetbal (football) players have gained international fame, such as our beloved Johan Cruyff, but also Marco van Basten, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and many others. In the 2010 wereldkampioenschap or WK (World Cup), the Dutch team reached the finals, in which they lost to Spain. In 2017 the national women soccer team became European Champion! In 2019, they reached their first World Cup Final against the USA. You bet we are proud of them!
Now, what about this year’s European Championships? Winning the first three games, the Dutch men were promising, and the Dutch were hopeful: would we win these Championships? Was it then finally our year? Unfortunately we lost against the Czech Republic last Sunday. Our team was promising, but didn’t make a winning team. Up for the next Championships, that is!
Field Hockey champs
Not only do we excel in football, which is also by far the most popular sport in the Netherlands, we are also stars when it comes to field hockey, korfball, speed skating, cycling, tennis and golf. Hockeymeisjes (hockey girls) are a phenomenon in the Netherlands. And for a reason: the Netherland’s women’s national field hockey team is the most successful team in the World Cup history! Both the men and women are competing at the Olympics this year, we are looking forward to their performance in Tokyo!
Inventors of sports
Korfball, a mixed gender ball sport with similarities to basketball, is played in about 60 countries worldwide. But did you know that the sport was invented by a Dutch teacher named Nico Broekhuysen, in 1902? Not only do the Dutch excel in sports, also do they invent sports.
Sven Kramer, fast as… Sven Kramer!
The best schaatser (speed skater) of the world? That is the Dutch Sven Kramer – he’s won an all time record nine World Allround Championshps as well as a record ten European Allround Championships. Can you believe it? This charming 35-year-old skates faster than anyone else, and he’s famous for it.
Not only are we the fastest on the ice, we are excelling in Formula 1 and the Tour de France as well at the moment.
Max Verstappen has won 4 grand-prix races this year already and is number 1 in the overall standings, in September he will try and conquer the race track in Zandvoort, the Netherlands!
And what about Mathieu van der Poel, a legend in cyclocross, on the mountainbike and he is wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and he will also compete in Tokyo, what will this bring us?
‘The Iceman’ – how couldn’t he be Dutch?
We all know that Dutch winters can get cold. The man that developed a certain method that would make people more resistant against the cold, and against consequent colds, is the Dutch Wim Hof, also known as ‘The Iceman’. With the Wim Hof Method, training the body and mind to handle extreme cold, he claims to be able to become resistant to it. What all of this has to do with sports? Well, not only is Wim Hof an extreme sportsman himself, also does his method connect well with one of the most favorite sports of the Dutch: zwemmen (swimming). Wild swimming, or swimming in natural bodies of water, is increasingly popular amongst the Dutch, and not least because it brings health benefits linked to the Wim Hof Method. Also in swimming, the Dutch happen to excel in competitions over and over again: we have our national champion swimmers Ferry Weerdman, Sharon van Rouwendaal , Femke Heemskerk, Naomi Kromowidjojo, Pieter van den Hoogenband and Maarten van der Weijden.
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