Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust is now the most decorated speed skater in Olympic history, winning her tenth Olympic medal and fifth gold following with victory in the ladies’ 1500m on Monday. Wust beat Japan’s Miho Takagi by 0.2 seconds to claim her second medal in PyeongChang after a silver medal performance in the 3000m on Saturday. Wust’s teammate Marrit Leenstra won bronze in the 1500m, giving the Dutch five speed skating medals out of the nine that have been awarded so far.
12 YEARS IN THE MAKING
Wust made her Olympic debut as a 19-year-old at Turin in 2006, where she won gold in the 3000m. She followed that up with a victory in the 1500m in Vancouver in 2010 and another win in the 3000m at Sochi 2014. Along the way, she also managed to compile another four other medals in Sochi (gold in the team pursuit and three individual silvers in the 1000, 1500, and 5000) along with a bronze in the 1500 in Turin. She’ll have an opportunity to push her total number of Olympic medals to 12 by the end of the competition, as she’s expected to skate in both the 1000m on Wednesday and the team pursuit next week.
MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME RANKINGS
Wust was already the most decorated Dutch winter athlete in Olympic history, but her win now gives her that title in all Olympic sports, passing equestrian star Anky van Grunsven. She’s now the most decorated Olympic speed skater ever, surpassing Germany’s Claudia Pechstein. If she can win two more medals in PyeongChang, she’ll be most decorated female winter Olympian in history (unless Norway’s Marit Bjorgen responds with more medal wins of her own) and tied for the second most Winter Olympic medals ever behind Norwegian biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who has 13.