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World champion Krol commits future to Team Jumbo-Visma with contract to 2024

World champion Krol commits future to Team Jumbo-Visma with contract to 2024

Two-time world champion Thomas Krol has already made his decision. The 29-year-old speed skater has signed a new contract with Team Jumbo-Visma that will keep him tied to the team of coach Jac Orie until the 2023/2024 season.

Krol, who is currently preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics of next month, is delighted with the confidence he gets from the team. "I am super happy to stay with this dream team for two more years," Krol said. "Coach Jac has been the reason that I have become one of the best speed skaters in the world. Therefore, I don’t see a better place to develop myself than at Team Jumbo-Visma."

Krol wants to win many more prizes in the coming years. "Currently, we have the fastest sprint train in the world. All our speed skaters can set a time below 35 seconds in the 500m and at least 1:08 in the 1000m. There is no team in the world that can match our level," the two-time world champion said. "We simply push each other to a higher level and we have a lot of fun as well. I really hope this teams stays together."

Coach Orie is also 'very happy' that one of his best speed skaters stays with the team for two more seasons. "Thomas has been among the absolute top speed skaters for years. He shows that time and time again. I think it's great that we can continue the collaboration with him after the Olympics," Orie said. "Because of his time of 34.69 in the 500m he has also shown that he has even more speed than we thought. It would be nice if we are able to develop that speed even more in the future."

Victory

Krol can look back on a successful first half of the season. At the start of the speed skating season, the sprinter won the Dutch title in the men's 1,500-meter race for the third time in a row. After that he recorded two World Cup victories in the 1000m. Two weeks ago, he won his first ever European title in the men’s 1000-meter race at Thialf, Heerenveen. During the Dutch Olympic trials, he also qualified for the Olympics for the first time in his career. "That was a very big win for me," Krol admitted.

Next month, he will compete in the men’s 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meter-races. "I'm really looking forward to show the world the best Thomas in Beijing." For the coming years, Krol will mainly focus on the 1,000 and 1,500m. "You have to do what you like the most and in both the 1,000 and 1,500m I am one of the best skaters in the world."

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