With a remarkable five Olympic Games behind him, Bob de Jong lacks nothing in terms of experience. He debuted at Nagano in 1998 and at Sochi in 2014 he took part in this global sporting event for a fifth time. Even better, he took away his fourth Olympic medal in the 10,000 meter race, having won gold in 2006 in Turin.
The Olympic title is just one of the many triumphs that mark Bob’s long career. They include silver (Nagano 1998) and two bronze medals (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014), all in the 10km. And he has been World Champion no less than seven times – five times over 10km and twice over 5km. So it was no surpsise when he was awarded the Oscar Mathisen trophy in 2011 – the Oscar for skating. In 2006 and 2011 he was awarded the Ard Schenk award, the prize for the best skater in the Netherlands.
Outside of skating, Bob is well known for his partnership with Veilig Verkeer Nederland in which he became the ambassador for the ‘BOB’ campaign. He was also stood out on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’, reaching the quarter finals with Euvgenia Parakhina.
As his sporting career inevitable winds down, Bob is progressively focusing more on his career after sport. Sport Stories is delighted to be planning that future together with Bob and he is already spending more time on his other roles and passions, not least his ambassadorship role for Blessed Generation.
Bob is a passionate speaker and has a compelling story to tell you and your employees, customers and contacts about his life at the top of skating. It’s a story that combines innovation, determination and endurance – a fantastic and motivational example to everyone. You can also book Bob for skating clinics at a skating rink that is convenient for you. It’s a fun and involving way to build relationships with your clients and colleagues.
Since May 2017 Bob is the assistant coach of the South Korean Skate Team and will support them with all his experience to win medals at the Olympics in 2018.In 2018 and 2019 he was assistant coach of the National Team of China.
Alternatively, Bob is available to act as an ambassador for your brand, or as an inspiring presence and facilitator at company and client events. Call us for a non-binding meeting to discuss what Bob can do for your company. The shine of an Olympic champion makes any event special, and Bob has a unique story to tell!