Ireen Wüst

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Ireen Wüst
Women's 3000m, 2014 Winter Olympics, Ireen Wust won.jpg
Ireen Wüst at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Born (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 28)
Goirle, Netherlands
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Website Official website
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 2005

Ireen Wüst (born 1 April 1986) is a Dutch long track allround speed skater.

At the age of 19, on 12 February 2006, Wüst won the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games 3000-meter event. She is the youngest Dutch Olympic champion in Winter Games history. Four years later in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games she won the 1500-meter event. In the 2014 Winter Olympic Games she won 2 gold and 3 silver medals. She is the most successful athlete of the Netherlands at the Olympics. She is also a multiple world champion.

Skating career[edit]

Wüst debuted at the 2004 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships in November 2003 with 9th places in 500 m and 1500 m. At the end of the season she won the silver medal in the world junior championships in Roseville, Minnesota, USA. The next season she qualified for the 2004–05 World Cup during the 2005 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships with a 5th place in the 1000 m and 4th place in the 1500 m. With a 3rd place at the 2005 KNSB Dutch Allround Championships she qualified for her first international senior tournament, the 2005 European Championships in Heerenveen. There she came 4th and secured herself a spot in the Dutch team for the 2005 World Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia, where she finished in 5th place. She then became World Junior Champion in Seinäjoki, Finland.

Season 2005–2006[edit]

Before the start of the season Wüst signed a deal with TVM and started training under the guidance of Gerard Kemkers. At the 2006 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships, which also served as the Olympic Trials, Wüst won the 1000 m, 1500 m and 3000 m, which gave her a spot in the Dutch Olympic Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Before the Olympics she started in the 2006 European Championships in Hamar where she won the bronze medal behind Claudia Pechstein of Germany and teammate Renate Groenewold.

2006 Olympic Games in Turin[edit]

At the Olympics her first distance was the 3000 m[1] where Wüst beat Groenewold and Cindy Klassen of Canada and became the youngest olympic champion from the Netherlands in the history of the Winter Olympics. She missed out the podium in the 1000 m finishing 4th. At her last event the 1500 m she won a bronze medal behind Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves of Canada. At her last event of the season the 2006 World Allround Championships, Wüst ended 4th after she had been ill a few days before the tournament.[2]

After the end of the season Wüst was elected as the best Dutch Sportswoman of the Year 2006.[3] She also became the female skater of the year.

Season 2006–2007[edit]

Wüst started the season with two titles and one second place at the 2007 Dutch Distance Championships. She also won the 2007 Dutch Allround Championships. At the 2007 European Championships Wüst led the championships after 3 of 4 distances but was beaten by Martina Sáblíková. The next weekend she competed in the 2007 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, receiving the silver medal again. At the European Championships when she became World Allround Champion during the 2007 World Allround Championships for the homecrowd in Heerenveen. She won the 2006–07 World Cup in the 1500 m after winning two of the six races, as well as the 1000 m during the World Cup Final in Calgary. At the 2007 World Distance Championships she won gold medals in the 1000 m, breaking the national record, and the 1500 m. With Renate Groenewold and Paulien van Deutekom she won silver in the team pursuit behind Canada.

Season 2007–2008[edit]

After a difficult start to the season Wüst won the European title all round in January 2008.[4] Her main competitor this year was Paulien van Deutekom. Wüst ended 2nd behind van Deutekom during the World Allround Championships in Berlin. In Nagano during the 2008 World Distance Championships she won the gold medal in the team pursuit alongside Groenewold and Van Deutekom. Wüst won only one world race this season, the 1500 m in Hamar.

2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver[edit]

At the Olympics she won a gold medal at the 1500 m.[5]

2014 Olympic Games in Sochi[edit]

At the Olympics she won a gold medal at the 3000m and at the Team Pursuit and silver medals at the 1000m, 1500m, and 5000m.[6][7]

Records[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Women's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 38.44 9 February 2007 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 m 1:13.33 17 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City ER
1500 m 1:52.08 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City ER
3000 m 3:58.01 12 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 6:54.28 19 February 2014 Adler Arena Skating Center, Sochi
Team pursuit 2:56.02 17 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City ER

Personal life[edit]

Wüst is openly bisexual.[8][9][10] In October 2009 she declared that she was bisexual and had a girlfriend, fellow speed skater Sanne van Kerkhof;[9] later she broke up with Van Kerkhof and was in a relationship with a male partner.[9] During the February 2014 Sochi Olympics she was publicly hugged by Russian president Vladimir Putin.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireen Wust Biography". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wüst vierde halverwege WK allround" (in dutch). Omroep Brabant. 18 March 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bos en Wüst sporters van het jaar". www.rtl.nl. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Kramer and Wüst win at European Championships". The New York Times. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Results of the 2010 Olympic Games 1500 meters Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Kevin Oklobzija (9 February 2014). "Ireen Wust wins 3,000; Olga Graf claims Russia's first Sochi medal". USA Today. 
  7. ^ "Speedskating: Versatile Jorien ter Mors beats Ireen Wust, leads another Dutch sweep". The Washington Post. 16 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Meet Your 2010 Lesbian Olympians". AfterEllen.com. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Ireen Wüst gelukkig met man". De Telegraaf. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Boris Dittrich (25 July 2013). "'Ook Ireen Wüst kan- als biseksueel – in Sochi in de cel terechtkomen'". De Volkskrant. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Ireen Wust hugged by Putin

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Edith van Dijk
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Marleen Veldhuis
Preceded by
Netherlands Marianne Timmer
Ard Schenk Award
2007
Succeeded by
Netherlands Paulien van Deutekom
Preceded by
Netherlands Margot Boer
Ard Schenk Award
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Canada Christine Nesbitt
Oscar Mathisen Award
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent