Ted-Jan Bloemen is an athlete who won a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Read more about him, his net worth and other facts.
Who is Ted-Jan Bloemen?
Ted-Jan Bloemen was born in 1986. He is a Dutch-Canadian long track speed skater who competed for Netherlands in many international competitions. Bloemen competes in long-distance events as well as in team pursuits. He is the world record holder for 10,000 m and 5000 m races. He is also an Olympic record holder for the 10,000 m at the 2018 Olympic Winter in Pyeongchang. Bloemen also won a silver medal at the 5000 m speed skating event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. This victory also made him the first Canadian male to win a medal in speed skating since 1932. He has won silver in 10,000 m and a bronze medal and a silver medal in team pursuit at World Speed Skating Championships. Ted-Jan Bloemen’s father, Gerhard-Jan Bloeman is a general practitioner in Gouda and holds dual, Dutch-Canadian citizenship as he was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick. This also made Ted-Jan Bloemen a dual citizenship holder owing to his Canadian-born father. He is married to Marlinde Kraaijeveld. He posts a lot of photos with his wife Marlinde Kraaijeveld on his Instagram page.
Career of the athlete
Bloemen started skating at a very young age in Gouda which was also his hometown. He took part at the 2006 World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Erfurt, where he stood in 5th position. In the 2007/2008 season he initially took part in the Speed Skating World Cup at the long distances and there he won the Team pursuit with the Dutch team. He also got the 4th place at that season’s Dutch Allround Championships and the 8th place at the 2008 European Speed Skating Championships. His performance at the 2009/2010 season was his best till then, as he came second at the Dutch Allround and 4th at the World Allround Championships. His next season was a little less successful. He thereby retired as a professional skater but continued to participate in championships as an amateur skater in Friesland. He then surprisingly qualified for the 2012 World Championship and 2012 European Championships. He subsequently, won the National Championships. He joined the BAM skating team the next season, but he got very disappointing results which resulted in non-extension of his contract. Bloemen relocated to Canada to compete for the Canadian national team in the summer of 2014 and there he won a silver medal as part of the team pursuit with Canada. There Canada’s Denny Morrison and teammate said of the team’s silver that “With (Bloemen) coming over this summer, it was a new team, and we struggled early on this season. So we had to communicate, find out what our flaws were, correct our flaws, and we had better results… And today, it all came together. This is just the beginning for us, on the road to the 2018 Olympics.” Bloeman set an unbelievable world record in the 10,000 m in November, 2015 with a time of 12 minutes 36.30 seconds at an ISU World Cup event. After the race he said, “I’ve dreamt of this record for a long time. It was a perfect race. All through the race, I heard the P.A. announcer and the crowd go wild when they saw my times and realized I was close to a world record. But I was quick to ignore it all and I was able to refocus on my technique, which was key to having a good race – as well as being consistent, physically and mentally.” Two years later Bloemen also managed to beat the 5,000 m world record again defeated Kramer and overcoming the ten year old time that Kramer put up, with a time of 6:01.86. The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, Korea and Bloemen competed for Canada in his first Olympics at the age of 31 there. In his first event at the 5,000 m race, he skated to glory winning a silver medal. Trailing his skating partner Sverre Lunde Pedersen on the final lap by nearly a second, Bloemen managed to tie Pedersen in a photo finish. Photo technology later revealed that he had in fact beat Pedersen by two thousandths of a second. This was the first medal for Canada in the men’s 5,000 m since Willy Logan won bronze in Lake Placid at the 1932 Winter Olympics. In the 10,000 m race, Ted-Jan Bloemen won a gold medal to become the first non-Dutch skater to win a speed-skating event at the 2018 Games. He also set the new Olympic Record for that distance.
The net worth of Ted-Jan Bloemen is currently under review.
Ted-Jan Bloemen is quite active on his Instagram page @tedjanb. He posts a lot of his personal photos and photos from his competitions on his Instagram page. Bloeman has done himself and his country proud at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. May he continue to perform with such excellence in the coming events!