Place of birth
Date of birth
11th January 1993
2019 La Plagne
2020 Park City
2020 La Plagne
2021 Europe Cup Innsbruck
2021 Europe Cup Königssee
2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
Starting in 2013, twenty-year-old Karlien only had a faint idea of what to expect from the Dutch development team call-up. After finishing her first practice and some physical tests, the national coach had seen enough—she was ready to get to work as a bobsleigh athlete.
Karlien trained for three months, constantly improving her skills, but her bobsleigh journey only really started when she was invited to a 10-week training camp in Winterberg, Germany. It's here that she practised as a brakewomen in two-person bobsleigh—but Karlien never truly felt at one with the sport. That was until she became Holland's first ever monobob athlete.
Monobob requires unparalleled discipline and determination, especially when you’re competing against international opponents. Being relatively unknown in Holland, resources for monobob are limited, but that hasn't stopped Karlien from setting her sights on participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
Having already established her name, despite her relatively short career, Karlien is currently fighting for her spot at the Olympics. After eight years of blood, sweat, and tears, she wants to show the world what she's capable of, rewarding herself with a ticket to Beijing in the process.
The phrase "get out of your comfort zone" fits Karlien perfectly, not least of all because monobob remains relatively unknown in her home country, the Netherlands.
"Get out of your comfort zone"