My name is José Been, I was born in 1979 in the beautiful town of Dalen in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands but I now live with husband and two dogs in Vleuten. I grew up in the northeastern part of the country before moving to Amsterdam to go to university where I read History, Spanish and French. After jobs in management support and marketing and communication, I acknowledged what I had known for quite a while. I should be ‘doing something with languages and communication’.
Sport is an important part of my life. From the age of seven I was a competitive swimmer and my career high was winning a bronze medal at the provincial championships. Sport was passively consumed on the television and at bike races where my father was the sports director. I might never be a top athlete but sport was a constant factor in my life.
But one major event led to a whole new direction in my life. On 18 December 2008 I was diagnosed with (breast) cancer. I am now completely cured but this experience led to the start of my own company. I set up SportLingua in 2011 so I could combine my passion for sport with my talent for languages and communication.
Never could I have thought that I would become the first female lead cycling commentator in both the Dutch and English language in the world. I am grateful for the opportunity Eurosport has given me. In 2019 it was however time for new challenges and opportunities.
With effect from 1 January 2014 the company name has been changed to Tour de José Media. It’s my name on Twitter and the name people in the cycling world know best. I added ‘Media’ because the company has evolved into more than just languages and communication. It’s a business where television, media production and journalism sit side by side.
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