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Teun de Nooijer - Hockey

Teun de Nooijer - Hockey

Born on March 22, 1976 in Egmond aan den Hoef, North Holland, Teun Floris de Nooijer is a Dutch field hockey player who will be representing his nation in the 2010 Summer Olympic Games in London. With plenty of experience in the field, Nooijer has been to the Olympics twice with his Dutch team, in 1996 and in 2000, winning gold both times.

Like many athletes who are chosen to represent their home nations in the Olympic Games, Teun is a full-time field hockey professional, playing for the Dutch squad HC Bloemendaal. One of the best teams in the sport, Teun’s squad has won Dutch national titles in multiple years since he joined up, and with 19 medals to show off in a wide range of competitions, Nooijer stands out as one of the best field hockey players in the world.

Sporting Career

Teun Floris de Nooijer’s mere presence on the field gives the Dutch a great chance to win a medal in the 2012 Olympics. He’s that talented of a player, even in his mid 30s. It has been a long and winding road for Teun over the course of his career. Nooijer started playing the sport when he was only 9 years old, alongside his brothers. When he was only 11 years old, he joined up with HC Alkmaar and was picked up by the Dutch a short two years later.

Joining the Dutch squad in the summer of 1994, Teun has since gone on to play over 300 international matches for his team. 1996 is when Teun really started to make a name for himself internationally. The Dutch already knew what a great find he was, but after Nooijer helped propel his national team to an Olympic Gold medal in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, the rest of the world took notice.

He and the Dutch haven’t slowed down since then. They have dominated field hockey in most major championships for over a decade. In 1998, playing in the World Cup, Teun was an instrumental piece in the Dutch squad’s gold medal win. He would also assist the team in winning silver at the European Championships the next year, along with a bronze medal in the Champions Trophy tournament.

2000 was another huge year for Teun and the Dutch team. Not only did they finally get over the hump in the Champions Trophy tournament, but they would also repeat their results as Olympic champions, taking home another gold medal at Sydney. Then, in 2002 and again in 2003, the Dutch would repeat as Champions Trophy winners. Back to the Olympics in 2004 in Athens, the Dutch failed to secure gold. They instead had to settle for their first silver medal with Teun on the squad.

Heading into the 2012 games, Teun gives his squad a great chance for victory as he pushes for his third Olympic Gold medal since joining the Dutch National Team.

Career Highlights

  • 1996 Olympic Games – Gold
  • 1998 World Cup – Gold
  • 2000 Champions Trophy – Gold
  • 2000 Olympic Games – Gold
  • 2002 Champions Trophy – Gold
  • 2003 Champions Trophy – Gold
  • 2004 Olympic Games – Silver
  • 2006 Champions Trophy – Gold
  • 2007 European Championship – Gold
  • 2011 Euro Hockey Nations Championships – Silver
  • 2012 Summer Olympics – Silver

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