Even after his sporting career, Patrick van Luijk remained closely associated with the Games. During the current Olympic sports summer, he is still being questioned about it.
In 2008, athlete Patrick van Luijk from Spijkenisse took part in the Beijing Games, he thought it was bizarre. “As an athlete you suddenly find yourself on the other side of the fence. That was so special.”
His team reached the finals in the 4×100 meter relay. Van Luijk (now 36) met Usain Bolt next to him, the Jamaican sprinter, a world star on the athletics track. Van Luijk showed what he could do in front of the world, but a wrong substitution stood in the way of success. That wasn’t the end of it. Four years later, in London, Van Luijk was again on the starting line. Once again Usain Bolt took part in the same race. “That privilege is available to very few people. It has meant a lot to me.”
“As an athlete I have gained knowledge about my body and healthy living, I want to share it to benefit everyone” – Patrick van Luijk
Van Luijk retired from top sport. Without an Olympic medal, he did achieve success at the 2012 European Championships, where his team came first. Just like with Nelli Cooman, exercise is still central to him. He became an ambassador of Gezond 010, a platform for healthier living. “As an athlete I have gained knowledge about my body and healthy living, I want to share it to benefit everyone.”
Within his company Biocheck, he and his partner Stans van der Poel developed an app that monitors your health and can even predict the risk of burnouts. More and more users are finding the app. Van Luijk: “We should focus more on exercise and staying healthy than on recovery work afterwards with medication, for example.”
The above interview with Patrick van Luijk comes from an article in the AD in which former top athletes were interviewed. read here the full article.
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