Speed skater Kjeld Nuis picks up his second gold medal of the Olympics

Speed skater Kjeld Nuis picks up his second gold medal of the Olympics

Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis picked up his second gold medal of the Winter Olympics on Friday with a convincing victory in the 1,000 metres. A week ago, the 28-year-old Dutchman, who is at his first Olympics, won gold in the 1,500 metres. Nuis, who was in the last race, completed the distance in 1.07.95. Silver went to Norway's Håvard Lorentzen, Olympic champion in the 500 meters and the bronze was picked up by Korea's Tae-Yun Kim. Nuis' second gold is the eighth for the Dutch team in total. In addition, the Dutch have six silver and four bronze medals and lie in fifth place in the medals table.   More >

Suzanna Schulting wins short-track gold

Suzanna Schulting wins the Netherlands’ first short-track gold Speed skater Suzanne Schulting delivered the Netherlands' first ever short track Olympic gold medal on Thursday with a surprise victory in the 1,000 metres. ‘I just kept on going and I remained in the lead. I really can’t believe it,’ Schulting, who is just 20, said after the race. The silver medal went to Canada’s Kim Boutin while Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze. Schulting is only the third Dutch competitor to win a Winter Olympics gold away from long-track speed skating. Figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra won gold in 1964 and snowboarder Nicolien Sauerbreij became Olympic champion in 2010.   More >

Skater apologises for dog-eating comment

Feyenoord suspends player for eating a croquette during cup match half time Dutch speed skater Jan Blokhuijsen has apologised for a comment  he made during an international press conference in Pyeongchang about eating dog meat, the Korea Times reports. ‘Please treat dogs better in this country’ the skater said. According to the paper the comment ‘came out of nowhere’. The news quickly went viral, with Koreans claiming the comment was ‘racist and ignorant’. ‘The country's dog-eating culture today is not what it used to be. Many Koreans, especially young people, do not enjoy it. But some still consider it a delicacy,’ the paper writes. It then goes on to say that eating dog is controversial in South Korea as well, with animal rights groups campaigning for the practice to stop while others claim it is no worse than eating pork. As reactions poured in Blokhuijsen apologised on Twitter. ‘I want to apologise to the Korean people,' he wrote. 'It was not my intention to insult you and your country. I care about the welfare of animals in general and I hope we can make this a better place for both of us. I (am) enjoy(ing) this Olympic Games and would like to thank you for your hospitality.’ It is not the only apology Dutch skaters have had to make. During a noisy celebration by the Dutch team pursuit team at the Holland Heineken House on Wednesday, the skaters gently tossed the commemorative plaque into the audience hitting two women on the head. Sven Kramer apologised on Twitter in Korean and promised to ‘behave better in future’. pic.twitter.com/MABCaeRVmv — Sven Kramer (@SvenKramer86) February 22, 2018   More >

Silver and bronze for Dutch pursuit teams

Silver and bronze for the Netherlands in speed skating team pursuit The Dutch women’s pursuit team failed to prolong their Olympic speed skating title on Wednesday, as Japan finished the race in a new Olympic and world record time. Ireen Wüst, Marrit Leenstra and Antoinette de Jong trailed slightly in the first two laps, then overtook the Japanese team, who showed their strength in a sprint finish to complete the event. America took the bronze medal. Ireen Wüst, skating in her last Olympics, said after the race: ‘It is a shame that I could not end with a gold, but I am proud of my performance and that of the team, even though we are disappointed. ‘ In the men’s team pursuit competition, the Dutch men took the bronze medal. Gold went to Norway and silver to South Korea.   More >

More funding for Olympic talent

Feyenoord suspends player for eating a croquette during cup match half time The government is going to spend an extra €10m to promote sport at the highest level so sportsmen and women with potential, as well as established athletes, will be able to compete internationally more often, online news service NU.nl reports. In a letter to parliament, sports minister Bruno Bruins said the money will be used to support and coach upcoming talents who may otherwise drop out of high level competition. The letter comes in the wake of the surprise Olympic win by Esmee Visser who won gold in the 5,000 meter speed skating event in Pyeonchang and who crowdfunded her appearance at the games. Bruins also wants six times the number of highly trained coaches, and new sports introduced to the Olympic or Paralympic games will also receive financial support. ‘The Netherlands is doing great in Pyeonchang,’ the minister, who is at the Olympics, told NU.nl. ‘But other countries are not sitting on their hands. If we want to keep up with them we have to do that little bit extra.’ Bruins said Dutch athletes do not compare themselves often enough with their international competitors, which is why they should be encouraged to enter more international competitions.  More >