posted by Marleen Veldhuis at 11:53 comment View Comments

On Tuesday, Prince Willem-Alexander was crowned King of the Netherlands, which also marked the end of the reign Queen Beatrix. After 33 years on the throne, she handed over her responsibilities to a new generation. I have had the good fortune to meet her twice. On both occasions I had won medals at the Olympic… read more »

posted by Marleen Veldhuis at 10:40 comment View Comments

Over the past ten years I have taken a lot of trips to training camps and competitions throughout the world; Melbourne, Korea, Pretoria, Seattle and Venezuela to sum up a few. As a swimmer with the Dutch National Team, you always want to be as fit as possible — especially after a long flight. If… read more »

posted by Marleen Veldhuis at 12:02 comment View Comments

Valentine’s Day on 14 February is the day of love. But for me there’s nothing more romantic than spending time with my loved ones. On 1 December last year, my husband Camiel and I flew with our two-year-old daughter Hannah to Cape Town, South Africa, for a four-week holiday. It’s hard to know where to… read more »

posted by Marleen Veldhuis at 11:00 comment View Comments

It has been five months since the last race of my career. I am very happy that I accomplished my dreams, ending my ten-year swimming career with an individual bronze medal in the 50m freestyle at the Olympic Games in London. It has been a long, bumpy road to achieve these results. It demands a… read more »