Krol wins first training match over 1,000 meters on Olympic ice rink

Thomas Krol entered the Olympic ice rink in Beijing for the first time on Monday and immediately made an impression. In a training competition over 1,000 meters, in which eight skaters participated, the 29-year-old debutant at the Games was the fastest and set a track record.

“It’s not really a super time”, Krol puts his 1.08.84 into perspective. “But today it was all about the training stimulus, to be back at the start. That was already 3 or 4 weeks ago. And I wanted to get used to the track.”

Krol is very enthusiastic about that job. “I think it’s a fantastic hall, the most beautiful job in the world,” he says. “Also very special with all those rings here for the Games, that makes it very cool.”

Twice gold

At the Olympic Games, which start on Friday, Krol will participate in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters and is going for at least two gold medals. “I want to show the best Thomas at the right time. If I succeed, I will be satisfied. And hopefully with a very nice result.”