Name: Simon Vroemen
Date of birth: 11 May 1969
Work: Technical manager oil and gas industry
Country: The Netherlands
Weight: 73 kg
Favorite discipline: 3000m steeple chase
Hobbies: wine, dining out, travel, maps
Favorite food: asian, Japanese, raw fish with wasabi
- How did you get in contact with the world of ultra multi-events and did you ever hear before of the Double Decathlon?
I lived in Delft for a while and it was on my track that the first double decathlons in The Netherlands were organized. This year I was approached by an acquaintance from the track and field world in The Netherlands.
- What is your most beautiful sport moment?
Breaking the European record in the 3000m steeple chase for the second time in the Brussels Golden League in 2005.
- In 2005 you run the European Record on the 3000 metres SteepleChase (8.04,95) and you have been in the Olympic Games for 2 times in this discipline. How did you compete with the fast African athletes?
In pure running, they were a lot better. But I perfectioned my hurdle technique to such an extent that I guess this compensated for 15 seconds compared to the Kenyans. That’s how I kept up!
- Now you are going to participate a Double Decathlon. Do you like extreme events? You also participated in a Beerchase in 2009.
I think it is the fun part and the challenge that I like most, after being so focused on only 1 event throughout my entire athletics career.
- What do you expect of a Double Decathlon?
I doubt if I will have much time to train for it, so I expect a social event, very tiring, with very poor performances from my side on the throws.
- Did you have any experience with the throw or jump disciplines or did you directly start with middle distance running when you were young?
I was a decent jumper, I jumped 6.22m far and I jumped higher than myself at some point in time. After that, I grew taller, but my jumping got lower and lower ha ha! My experience with throws? Hmm, let’s say…. I was glad the shot put did not land on my tows!
- You have seen the World Records on the internet. Do you think you can beat some of them, and which?
I must be able to beat the 3000m steeple chase one pretty easily, and possibly some distance events related to my favorite distance.
- What is your goal for the weekend? Win a medal on the Double Decathlon, run some World Records or have a lot of fun? (or all of them 🙂 )
Certainly the fun, and maybe a world record. Certainly NOT a medal!
- How are you going to prepare yourself for this strong event?
Maybe not, as I will marry next year and have a lot of preparations to do there. But I hope to find a bit of time to train some technical events at least once.
- What do you think is the best way to supply your body with food and nutrients in this long weekend?
I would bring the same sweet stuff as I do when running a marathon, so energy gels, power bars and likely also raisin bread and a good evening meal. And drink sports drinks and cola!
- What do you think of the future of the Double Decathlon? Will it grow more and more or will it stay at this level?
It will probably not become huge, but it would almost certainly grow compared to where it is now. Any extreme sport in the world is growing!
- Do you think the Double Decathlon is more sensitive for getting injuries than other athletic events?
Absolutely, as you have to do explosive events while already being very fatigued.
- Do you have any recommendations for the organization of the World Championships 2011 in Lisse?
Try to get many people out to the track by organizing some side events for kids and adults, so they can watch the participants but also have some fun themselves.
- What is the last thing you want to tell to all the readers of this interview?
I am very excited to be back on the track in such fun events after being out of competition for quite a while. Let’s enjoy!