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An Article I Wrote about Hoogie [Friday, August 15th, 2008 | 10:30am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Just a little something I put together after watching the race. I hope you like it.


The Flying Dutchman has Landed

Story by Aimee C.

Beijing—For many athletes, today is the first day of the rest of their Olympic lives. For others, like Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands, it is his last.

After coming in Fifth Place at the Men's 100m free final here at the Water Cube, van den Hoogenband announced his retirement just minutes following the final race of his career. "It's been a very long time, my fourth Olympics, my fourth final in the 100m free," he says. "It's impossible for me to go any further. This is the end of my career, I can't keep up with the younger guys."

Van den Hoogenband was on his way to making history, attempting to become the only man thus far to win the 100m free three times in a row. After falling short of his goal, he could not help but step aside and congratulate a new breed of swimmer in gold and silver medalists, Alain Bernard of France and Eamon Sullivan of Australia, explaining they were "...way too fast. It's a new generation and it's now time to step aside,'' says van den Hoogenband. "They did a great job. I'm from the previous generation with Alex Popov.''

While van den Hoogenband was clearly disappointed by his performance today, he was still able to find the silver lining amidst his lack of gold, "After eight long years and swimming three times in a row 47 seconds, this is under my best I did in Sydney," he says. "It's a big achievement for me personally. I'm realizing it now, because a few minutes ago I was very, very disappointed, because I was close to the bronze."

Since his first appearance at the Atlanta games in 1996, "The Flying Dutchman," has been a front runner of the men's swimming events, racking up a total of seven Olympic medals, three of them gold. He was also the world record holder in the 100m free for eight years, his time of 47.84, established during his win in 2000 at the Sydney games. Thanks to younger swimmers and new technology in suits, however, these days that time won't even qualify for the finals.

Throughout his Olympic career, you could see the fire in Pieter's eyes—a flame of sheer determination that burned even hotter underwater. Nothing was going to stop him on his way to the top of that podium, not even formidable rivals like Alex Popov, Ian Thorpe and who was back then a very young up-and-comer by the name of Michael Phelps. In 2004, Pieter van den Hoogenband again defended his title in Athens.

Today, however, that fire seemed a bit subdued, his eyes turned downward in a melancholy expression. The confidence that once lit up Pieter's face no longer appeared, and was replaced by a more humbled look perhaps giving way to the realization that, for him, it was now the end of an era.

Four long years have passed since PvdH, so nicknamed by his many fans, defended his crown in the "King's Race," four years during which much has transpired in the Dutchman's life including major back surgery, marrying his longtime girlfriend, former Olympic medley swimmer, Minouche Smit, and the birth of their first daughter, Daphne just over a year ago. The veteran swimmer, now 30, looks beyond the pool lanes to a future he is not entirely sure about, though perhaps therein lies his new adventure.

And while his world record-holding days are now history, Pieter van den Hoogenband can find comfort in knowing that he will forever hold a significant place in the books. Congratulations on a spectacular career, my friend. Your fans will miss you greatly.

[caption id="attachment_29" align="alignnone" width="248" caption="Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands waves goodbye to the Olympic crowd for the last time in his phenomenal swimming career.."]Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands waves goodbye to the Olympic crowd for the last time in his phenomenal swimming career..[/caption]

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hoogie's on 2008 olympics final [Thursday, August 14th, 2008 | 10:02am]


just a few moments ago there it was, pieter raced in the 100m freestyle. 
he doesn't won though, the gold went to alain bernard.
pieter got the 5th place. 

but still i'm happy for hoogie. his timing was not so bad. and dont forget his competitors are way younger. 

i'm still and will be hoogie's no#1 fan...

the men's 100m freestyle olympics 2008 results

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Oh...dammit... [Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 | 1:02am]
[ mood | blah ]

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Pieter's 100m free record is no more. Frenchman Alain Bernard did the dishonor. :p

I adored it, and if someone told me it would've been this guy I would've been all "Huh? Who?"

Wow. Looks like a sure bet his Olympic record will fall in Beijing as well.

I know this is an exercise in bad timing but Happy Belated 30th, Pieter.

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Pieter's Sanex Commercial Video [Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | 1:33am]

[ mood | happy ]

Hello dear Pieter fans, how's life? Well today I was checking out some You Tube videos and came upon the famous Sanex commercial. Someone uploaded the 34 sec. clip which is very nice. So here I bring the link to everyone's benefit. I'm not sure if this is another commercial made later this year of if this is the same one which supports his "in the shower" photoshooting. My fav shot is the first one, he looks so powerful. Check it out. Take care and happy weekend.


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Daddy Pieter [Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 | 2:55pm]

Finally there's joyful baby news concerning Pieter!

Minouche gave birth to a baby girl this morning and they named her Daphne van den Hoogenband :)

Let's hope that little Daphne has inherited her daddy and mommy's swimming genes!
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Pieter clips-FINA Championship related [Saturday, March 17th, 2007 | 12:40pm]


Hello my dear Hoogenband fans,how's it going?

Well as a St. Patrick Day ocassion, I found several clips of our fav swimmer on Dutch news websites. They're English-Dutch spoken interviews about Pieter and his training process at Australia. I must comment that they're very interesting and my personal comment about him is that,seeing him swimming in person must be impressive. (Well and also seeing HIM must be impressive too :-0 ) Hope you enjoy it too.


On this one,he's interviewed on the apartment he's staying at and during training sessions at the pool. 



Here the whole team,nice and interesting. Geelong seems like a nice place to stay :-)

If the links don't work, please visit the NOS TV website at: http://www.nos.nl/nosstudiosport/overigesporten/zwemmen/_index_wk2007.html

Happy Weekend!

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Baby for Pieter in June 2007! [Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 | 2:46pm]

Hello again! Well, according to this article,which is in Dutch but I used Alta Visa translator,Hoogenband and his wife will have their first born next June. I'm soo confused about this pregnancy thing; let's remember, they published the whole baby-thing last year but it never happened and now, here we go again! My best wishes for them,he must be so excited,being part of the FINA World Championships and a new baby. :-)

Here's the link: http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/news.aspx?id=77966
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New Hoogenband Clip [Monday, February 19th, 2007 | 2:55pm]

Hello dear Hoogie fans! Well girls(and boys if any)I'm showig you a link of a Dutch swimming website that contains a short interview clip featuring Hoogenband. I must warn you that the content is in Dutch, but anyway our fav swimmer appears there(looking great of course) :-).
Well enjoy it!

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New Hoogenband Clip [Monday, February 19th, 2007 | 2:55pm]

Hello dear Hoogie fans! Well girls(and boys if any)I'm showig you a link of a Dutch swimming website that contains a short interview clip featuring Hoogenband. I must warn you that the content is in Dutch, but anyway our fav swimmer appears there(looking great of course) :-).
Well enjoy it!
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The Sanex pic. [Thursday, January 18th, 2007 | 6:09pm]

[ mood | horny ]

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I know this pic has been linked to before, but I've found a HIGHRES version and it would be incredibly mean not to share the Pieter goodness :D

The pic was also featured in a newspaper this morning and it nearly made me choke on my coffee, hehe.


*eyes telly* The commercial needs to be on now ktnx. Need to record it! ;)

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Coupla Articles Here... [Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 | 10:54pm]
The articles's in Dutch but who cares about that, LOOKIT THE PIC! *gargles*

Special thanks to mrs_soul, this was too damn good not to share! :D

Also, I found this article about Pieter possibly sticking around after Beijing. He might even go for the Worlds in 2009. Might, don't get the hopes all sky high just yet.

Happy dance!
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Anything on the vdH's baby? [Monday, December 4th, 2006 | 4:00pm]

[ mood | tired ]

Has anyone heard any news on the new vdH baby? I thought Minouche was supposed to give birth in November. Any news would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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PvdH's reaction to Thorpe's retirement. [Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 | 10:29pm]

[ mood | grumpy ]

Ian Thorpe mentioned at the end of his retirement speech that "[he's] enjoyed racing against who [he] would probably consider [his] two biggest rivals - both Grant Hackett and Pieter van den Hoogenband."

sooo what did Pieter have to say about it?...

mini-article here.Collapse )

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news! :O [Saturday, October 21st, 2006 | 12:08am]

[ mood | apathetic ]

Dutch star to quit in 2008...Collapse )

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Bronze [Friday, August 4th, 2006 | 6:57pm]

Well, Pieter finished 3rd in 100m race. Congrats to him anyway! He must be so proud that he managed to get 2 medals, he's done amazing job!
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He did it! [Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 | 7:55pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

European Champion in the 200m Freestyle!!!

Ace time in a fantastic race in which he left the competition far behind :D

"The Boss is back!" You bet!

That's Pieter for ya. Funny sense of humour mixed with a dosis of self-confidence.

But it's amazing for him to come back like this after the horrific year he's had with the hernia that'd almost resulted in him being paralized from the waist down... thank the heavens that it didn't happen :\

Loads of screencapsCollapse )

Again, for those who've missed it or can't get any coverage, here's a summary of Pieter's golden race, with a bit of the medals ceremony and an interview in Dutch.

¤ Video of Pieter's 200m Freestyle Race

Enjoy once more :)

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200m Freestyle semis [Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 | 11:20am]

[ mood | happy ]

Pieter won the semis with ease this morning, so hopefully he's got enough reserves left for the final tonight!

Some more screencapsCollapse )

For those who missed it or don't get any coverage:

¤ Video of Pieter's 200m semis race (just ignore the Dutch commentary, hehe)


I shall be back with coverage of the final tonight :)

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New video -News coverage of Hoogenband from NOS Television [Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 | 12:27am]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Hello dear friends, I just found this  Hoogie coverage from NOS Studio which is a TV network from the Netherlands. The video is all in Dutch :-(
Well here's the link


Hoogenband is interviewed over his successful return on the pool. His swimming events were not yesterday because Budapest suffers from really bad weather.


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European Swimming Championships [Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 | 3:41pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Beautiful Pieter.....Collapse )

Fastest swimmer in the series for the 200m Freestyle today, seems like he's nearly back to his old self again :)

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Hoogie videos :) [Monday, July 31st, 2006 | 8:00pm]

Hi, everybody!

I am another Pieter-fan who recently found this great community ;) I have one question for you guys: do you know if there are any websites with any Pieter-related videos to download? I'm especially interested in the ones from the Olympics :) Thank you!
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