Pyeongchang 2018

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Flying Dutchwomen lay down marker at PyeongChang 2018

Speed skating is more than a sport in the Netherlands. It’s a national obsession.

In Sochi 2014 the ‘Oranje’ won a whopping 24 medals in the long and short-track versions of the event. It was total domination.

Four years later and the Dutch dynasty looks set to continue.

As Carlijn Achtereekte, Ireen Wust and Antoinette de Jong lined up at the start of the women’s 3000m, there was almost a sense on inevitability in the air.

The trio didn’t disappoint and promptly secured a one, two, three finish with Achtereekte defeating defending Olympic and world champion Ireen Wust to take gold, while de Jong claimed the bronze.

It is quite right therefore, that Netherlands fans online are enjoying their fast start on the medal table.

Some of fans took it a stage further by suggesting with tongue in cheek that the competition could have been confused with a domestic event.

But is there such a thing as too much domination? Even the Dutch don’t know why they are so fast on the ice.

Whatever the reason is, other nations can only stand back and applaud.

But in the midst of all this online rejoicing, one observant supporter raises a valid point.

But after it’s all said and done, perhaps there are only three real guarantees in life:


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