About Pieter Cornelis Ruud Martijn van den Hoogenband
Born in Maastricht, Limburg, the son of Cees-Rein van den Hoogenband and Astrid Verver, a former Dutch 800 m freestyle silver medalist at the European Junior Championships, he grew up in Geldrop, where he swam for PSV Eindhoven. His father is a team doctor with the professional football team of the same club. In 1993, Van den Hoogenband achieved his first successes, performing well on the European Youth Olympic Days. He and his wife, former medley swimmer Minouche Smit, had their first child, a daughter named Daphne, on 23 June 2007. Their second child, a son, Sander was born on 13 September 2009. Van den Hoogenband is a fan of the American band Pearl Jam and he listened to their music before a race to psyche himself up.
Pieter Cornelis Ruud Martijn van den Hoogenband's Timeline
March 14, 1978
Maastricht, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands
January 8, 1998
- January 17, 1998
Perth, WA, Australia
July 16, 2001
- July 29, 2001
Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
The 2001 World Aquatics Championships or the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships were held in Fukuoka, Japan between 16 July and 29 July 2001.
The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the swimming and synchronised swimming events, were held at Marine Messe an indoor multi-purpose facility. The temporary 50-m pool with 10,000 seats on three sides cost US $4 million for the two-week period. The Fukuoka Prefectural Pool hosted the diving events, with open water swimming taking place at Momochi Beach. Water polo was held at two locations: the men's competition took place at Hakata-no-Mori Center Court and the women's event at the Nishi Civic Pool Complex.
July 12, 2003
- July 27, 2003
Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
The 10th FINA World Championships were held July 12–27, 2003 in Barcelona, Spain. The championships featured competition in all 5 of FINA's disciplines: Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo, and Open Water Swimming.
Competition was held in the facilities all around the city: Palau Sant Jordi, Piscines Bernat Picornell, Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Club de Natació de Barcelona and Port Vell.