Dutchwoman Ireen Wust Wins Another Speed Skating Gold
The Netherland’s Ireen Wust has made a habit of performing on the world’s biggest stage. The 27-year-old secured her third Olympic gold medal this week, winning the women’s Long Track 3000m race in a time of 4 minutes 0.34 seconds. Wust was triumphant in this very event at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy along with another gold in the 1500m from the Vancouver Games.
The defending gold medalist from this event from 2010, Martina Sablikova was hot on Wust’s heels, but was unable to defend her top spot, finishing second in a time of 4:01.95. The Czech Republic native topped hometown favorite Olga Graf by two seconds.
“The pressure was enormous,” Wust said. “I gave everything. I did not focus on a specific time; I just decided to skate a consistent race.”
Wust still has the 1500m and 1000m races to go in Sochi.
‘’Seventeen million Dutch wanted me to win,’’ Wust she said of her expectations in Russia. ‘’Now the extreme pressure is off and I can win more.’’