3 Olympic titlesRanomi Kromowidjojo put an end to a wonderful career. The three-time Olympic and world champion said she quit after sixteen years of excellent sport, she reported on Instagram.
“Swimming will always be my passion, but not on a professional level anymore. I have always known that there is more than one major sport, and that it is part of a bigger picture,” Kromowidjojo said in a lengthy statement on her Instagram account (see below).
My career as an athlete is over. Swimming will remain my passion, but no longer at a professional level. Thanks to all the years of excellent sport, I know you can do more than you think, among other things by having the right ideas. I am convinced that these experiences will now also help me in the next challenge of inspiring others.”
Celebrities from the world of sports, including athlete Daphne Schippers, hockey player Eva de Guede and swimmer Sharon van Rowendale, have congratulated Ranomy Kromovidjogo on her career.
Cromovigo won her first gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shortly after being named Athletic Talent of the Year by the Umbrella Sports Organization NOC*NSF, she took gold with the relay team in the 4x100m freestyle. Inge Decker, Fimki Heemskerk, Marlene Feldhuis and Kromofedjogo remained ahead of the American and Australian favorites.
I want to make the world a little more beautiful
After claiming her first singles titles at the European Championships and World Swimming Shorts Championships in 2010, her huge success followed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Initially she won the silver with the relay team (with Inge Decker, Marilyn Feldhuis and Vimki Heemskerk) and the silver in the 4x100m freestyle.
Then he hit Chromovidjogo with gold in the 100 and 50 meters freestyle. She swam an Olympic record (53.00 and 24.05 seconds) in both areas. After the legendary trio of Kristen Otto, Inge De Bruyne and Britta Stephen, Chromovedjogo was the fourth swimmer in history to win the 50 and 100 meters freestyle races at the same Olympics.
Kromiowidjo was voted Female Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012. “I’ve achieved so much more than I could have ever dreamed of,” writes Kromiowidjo. Thanks to all those years of excellent sport, I know you can do more than you think, including by having the right ideas. I am also convinced that these experiences will now also help me in the next challenge of inspiring others.”
“I want to make the world a little bit more beautiful, and contribute to a better world,” said the three-time Olympic champion, who remains committed to UNICEF, the children’s rights organization she has been an ambassador for years. “I also have the ambition to help people with their personal development. I think it would be very interesting to coach people and teams, but not on the edge of pool.”
Kromovidjogo has also become a three-time world long-track champion, winning no less than fourteen gold medals in the short-cycle world championships. She remains the world record holder in the 50m short freestyle course (22.93) and one of the world’s short-course relay swimmers in the 4x50m, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle. Her partner Ferry Wertman previously ended his career. Cromovidjogo has left her future open, but has now decided not to continue until the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Over the years, Cromovidjogo has worked with coaches Janet Mulder, Jaco Verharen, Marcel Wooda, and Patrick Pearson. “I swam every meter with a lot of dedication and focus,” Pearson said. She used her own knowledge, skills and experience to reach the absolute top for fifteen years and stay there. I enjoyed the fun she had with her. Ranomy has captivated Holland with her sporting achievements and optimism. I had the honor of working with her.”
Verhaaren puts Kromovedjogo in conflict with Peter van den Hoogenband and Inge de Bruyne, the Dutch swimming champions at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. You have Peter, Inge and Ranomy, in no particular order. She is proud of this list. Ranomy has achieved everything you can achieve in our sport, as a team or as an individual,” Verharen says. Earlier this week, the 52-year-old from Brabant was personally informed of her decision to stop. “Very sympathetic to her,” Verharen said, , she is 31 and it wasn’t unexpected at all though she was still swimming really well. She can look back on an amazing career.”
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