The team of Team Plantina is complete for the next season en left last Tuesday for the first training camp in sunny Mallorca. The entire team will prepare for the Olympic year in Spain. Returning Michel Mulder and Pim Schipper, who just signed a new contract, are also in Spain and really motivated.
Schipper (28) has extended his contract for one year, until after the 2018 Winter Games. "I'm glad to skate again for Team Plantina this coming Olympic season," says Schipper. "In this strong sprint team, under the direction of Gerard van Velde and Arjan Samplonius, I can get better and compete for the big prizes."
The sprinte begins his fourth season with Gerard van Velde's team. He won bronze on the NK sprint last season. In 2015, he did that, that year he became sixth at the World Cup.
Olympic champion Michel Mulder returned to Team Plantina. A new name came with him: the online sports company Athleteshop, together with Continu co-sponsor and Plantina's main sponsor, was one of the companies that made Mulder's arrival possible. Athleteshop will also be involved with Team Plantina for the rest of the season.
Team Plantina consists of the following skaters and trainers this season: Gerard van Velde, Arjan Samplonius, Michel Mulder, Ronald Mulder, Kai Verbij, Dai Dai Ntab, Pim Schipper, Thomas Krol, and Martijn van Oosten.