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Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen becomes the first athlete sponsored with cryptocurrency

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

World record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen in CEEK virtual reality headset (CNW Group/CEEK VR, Inc

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Canadian speed skater and double world record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen has teamed up with ONG Social and CEEK VR in a unique sponsorship. The terms of the agreement include cryptocurrency compensation, which Bloemen will use to achieve his speed skating goals.

In return, Bloemen will share his journey to success on the ONG Social network and will be featured in a 360 Virtual Reality Experience on CEEK VR.

The cryptocurrency sponsorship will allow Bloemen to take advantage of exciting opportunities for trade. No longer constrained by a fixed sponsorship amount, Bloemen can earn cryptocurrency rewards to help finance his podium goals.

Bloemen will be competing for Canada next month at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in the 5,000 metre, 10,000 metre, and Team Pursuit events in PyeongChang, Korea.

A dual Canadian-Dutch citizen, the Netherlands-born Bloemen's father was born in New Brunswick. Ted-Jan Bloemen moved to Calgary in 2014 to compete for Canada.

"Speed skating success is all about progression – building and building to peak at the right time. I'm excited to step into the future with ONG and CEEK. Their progressive approach to social media and VR paired with crypto currencies bring a whole new perspective. A perspective that, I believe, has a lot of potential! I feel like I just got two new teammates to help put me over the top, at the most important point in the season." Ted-Jan Bloemen, Canadian National Team Speed Skater, Double World Record Holder

"As the VR Entertainment and VR Education market leader, we are thrilled to partner with Speed Skating's category leader, world record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen. His support for cutting-edge technologies is reflective of his proclivity for pushing the boundaries. We believe Virtual Reality isn't just great for our audience (Ceekers) but will ultimately be used for training and maximizing player performance and potential." Mary Spio, CEO and Founder, CEEK VR, Inc.

"OneName Global (ONG) is honored to partner with speed skating world record holder, Ted-Jan Bloemen. He is a classic example that, with hard work and determination, you can achieve your dreams. ONG is pleased to be able to highlight Ted-Jan's athletic journey on social media and award a dedicated athlete with a new form of digital gold through the ONG cryptocurrency sponsorship." Christopher J. Kramer, CEO, ONG, Inc.

"I believe this cryptocurrency sponsorship is a first for any athlete. This is really a whole new frontier. It will be exciting to see how cryptocurrency can work for Ted-Jan, in particular, but also the impact it will have on the sport marketing industry as a whole." Lawrence Baslaw, President, Baslaw + Associates Inc., and Bloemen's agent





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