Markus takes Dutch title on Col du VAM
Riejanne Markus has won the Dutch national championship on the Col du VAM. The 2...
Chris Huizinga has signed a contract extension to stay with Team Jumbo-Visma until the 2023/2024 season.
"I am very happy with the confidence that the team has given to me," Huizinga said. "I've been with Team Jumbo-Visma for five years now and I feel like I haven't reached my full potential yet. The connection with coach Jac and the rest of the coaching staff is good and we have a strong group of speed skaters with a lot of quality. That's just great."
Huizinga had a successful start to the season by winning a bronze medal in the men's 1,500-meter race at the Daikin Dutch Single Distance Championships. With this result, the 24-year-old speed skater managed to qualify for the World Cups as well. "That was fantastic. That outcome gave me and Jac the confirmation that I can do it. For a young guy like me, it's nice to know that you're in the right place and you've taken another step in the right direction."
Although Huizinga did not manage to secure a spot for the Winter Olympics of next month, he is looking forward to the upcoming years with a lot of confidence. In addition to the 1,500m, he also hopes to improve in the 5,000m. "My first goal next season is to qualify for the World Cups. If I can finish third at a national championship, I should also be able to compete for the World Single Distance Championships spots."
Orie also sees that everything is starting to fall into place for Huizinga. According to the coach of Team Jumbo-Visma, it is good news that both Kars Jansman, who extended his contract by two years yesterday, and Huizinga stay with the team. "With his third place at the Dutch championship, Chris showed his potential. He is a real allround speed skater and I think that he can become a fixture on the international circuit in both the 1,500m and 5000m."