Exclusive interview with Jobe rider Mathijs Zielman
11 maart 2010
Mathijs Zielman is a member of the Jobe barefoot ski team for a couple of years now and he is one of the best barefoot skiers of his category. Mathijs is a very motivated young guy who trains a lot to improve his skills.
Recently, we had a short chat with Mathijs Zielman about his life and we didn’t want to withhold you the result.
JOBE: Hello Mathijs, how are you doing?
MZ: Hello Jobe, I’m fine thank you, I’m looking forward to the skiing season. I am going to USA Florida in may and I am training for the worlds in Germany (Berlin).
JOBE: You were very young when you started barefoot skiing right?
MZ: Yes I was 6 years old when I started barefoot skiing.
JOBE: Your are still in school. What do you study and what is your favourite subject?
MZ: I’m doing an engineering study to design cars. My favourite subject in this study is sports ;-)
JOBE: How did you discovered barefoot skiing?
MZ: I was bored of skiing on 2 skies and I wanted to do something new. That’s why I tried to ski on my bare foot and it really worked out for me.
JOBE: With who do you normally train?
MZ: I train with my coaches and my team. Arno (my dad), Eddie (skier) and Jan (drivers) are my coaches and they support me throughout the year.
JOBE: On days that you do not ski, how do you spend your time?
MZ: Most of my spare time I spend with my buddy’s to relax.
JOBE: Your father is also really into sports. Tell us something more about that?
MZ: My father has a good history in sports. He was a professional in motocross and he trained every day like I do now.
JOBE: How would you describe the feeling when you are barefoot skiing?
MZ: I am doing my thing and feel loads of adrenalin going through my body.
JOBE: What is the best contest you’ve ever entered?
MZ: European Championships in Wallsee Austria.
JOBE: What are your best results in the past years?
MZ: Became second of Europe in my class, and third in the class above 18.
JOBE: Have you set future goals for yourself?
MZ: I want to improve my skills and I will try to win every match that I can win.
JOBE: Thanks for the answers Mathijs!! Would you like to thank anybody or do you have something else to say?
MZ: It was a nice chat and of course I want to thank my sponsors and my coaches.