Canadian speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen gained an Olympic gold medal on Thursday in PyeongChang with an Olympic-document efficiency within the 10,000 meters. He additionally skated to a silver medal within the 5,000 meters, turning into the primary Canadian lengthy monitor speedskater to win an Olympic medal since 1932.
These aren’t the one issues that make him particular. Bloemen has a partnership ONG Social and CEEK VR, and it consists of an fascinating wrinkle. He’s being compensated with cryptocurrency.
I’m very excited to be the primary ever #Crypto Sponsored Athlete. Thanks @CEEK #VirtualReality and @Ong_Social for being on the forefront of know-how and this nice achievement. Wanting ahead to an awesome relationship and the thrilling occasions forward. pic.twitter.com/mCHbNzkKW8
— Ted-Jan Bloemen (@TedJan) January 31, 2018
Cryptocurrency is totally digital and makes use of cryptography to safe and confirm transactions. Bloemen can be receiving it in trade for the sharing of his Winter Olympics expertise. CEEK VR might be that includes a 360 digital actuality expertise all about his preparation.
“Speed skating success is all about development – constructing and constructing to peak on the proper time,” Bloemen stated in a press release. “I’m excited to step into the longer term with ONG and CEEK. Their progressive strategy to social media and VR paired with crypto currencies convey an entire new perspective. A perspective that, I consider, has a variety of potential! I really feel like I simply acquired two new teammates to assist put me excessive, at crucial level within the season.”
The quantity that Bloemen can be compensated is unknown, however he has used it to realize his velocity skating objectives.
“He’s a basic instance that, with onerous work and willpower, you possibly can obtain your goals,” ONG’s CEO, Christopher J. Kramer, stated in a press release. “ONG is happy to have the ability to spotlight Ted-Jan’s athletic journey on social media and award a devoted athlete with a brand new type of digital gold via the ONG cryptocurrency sponsorship.”