Being a student is like being an athlete. Olympic speed skating champion Mark Tuitert shares important life lessons he learned during his career.
The start of the academic year is the time to set new goals. You might want to complete your Bachelor’s or Master’s, do a valuable internship abroad, or organize a successful event with your student association. Whatever it is you’re aiming for, achieving your goal often turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. In that respect, studying is no different than having a sports career.
“I challenge myself to always remind myself that in the fear lies growth”
Mark Tuitert started his speed skating career in 2001. After several major victories, he experienced some setbacks in his sports career as well as his private life. The 2004 European all-round champion rarely met expectations. In his quest for success, Tuitert learned how to deal with the unexpected bumps on the road. He didn’t give up, but reset his goals, made a new plan and kept believing. This ultimately resulted in something many no longer thought possible: achieving his biggest dream of winning an Olympic gold medal (1500m., Vancouver 2010).
After his speed skating career (2014), Mark Tuitert went on to become a speed skating analyst for the NOS (Dutch Broadcast Foundation). He also gives sports clinics, is one of the coaches of Fitchannel.com and founded his own company First Energy Gum. He recently appeared on Dutch TV shows such as De Slimste Mens and De Curling Quiz.