Olympic Reflections: De Nooijer doubles up as Dutch grab second chance at Sydney 2000

In the latest of our Olympic Reflections series, five-time Olympian Teun de Nooijer – the three-time FIH Player of the Year who played a world record 453 international matches, scoring 219 goals – tells the remarkable story of how the Netherlands bounced back from the brink of elimination at Sydney 2000 to claim a second successive Olympic gold medal. 

The sensational Dutch attacker – winner of two gold (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000) and two silver (Athens 2004, London 2012) medals, and who is set to travel to Tokyo as an assistant coach of the Germany women’s team – talks about how his team almost blew their chances of staging a success defence of the Olympic crown won at Atlanta 1996 before eventually writing another famous chapter in hockey’s history books.

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