Four years ago they were almost there, but just didn’t succeed. This time they finally succeeded: Thomas Krol and Hein Otterspeer are going to the Olympic Games.
At the Olympic qualifying tournament in Heerenveen, Krol won the 1,000 meters and immediately secured a starting ticket for Beijing. Otterspeer’s third time is probably also sufficient to be allowed to travel to China.
“It’s just so bizarre,” Otterspeer said after the thrilling ride. “It’s been such a great year, but last week I suddenly got a groin injury and I’ve only been lying on the table for the past few days. Today I was filled up to my head with painkillers and that this works: it’s unbelievable .”