Sunday 28 November 2021

Dutch head home with 20 Olympic medals, and Esmee meets Ivanka

Koen Verweij sprints towards the finish line during the men’s mass start final. Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

The Dutch Winter Olympic campaign ended this weekend with both Irene Schouten and Koen Verweij picking up bronze in the mass start race.

In total, the Dutch finished the competition in fifth place with 20 medals – eight gold, six silver and six bronze – five above the target and four fewer than at the Sochi games.

Watch the NOS summary of all eight Dutch golden moments

The medal haul has generated over €400,000 for the winning athletes. Top earner, with gold in the 1,500 metres and two silvers, is Ireen Wust, who wins a medal bonus of €45,500.

A gold medal delivers €25,500 to the winner, silver €19,125 and bronze €12,750, although the total amount goes down a little if they win more than one.

Esmee Visser, surprise winner of the 5,000 gold medal, found herself back in the spotlight on Saturday when she was seated next to Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president, to watch the mass start final.

‘She didn’t really understand what was going on, so I explained it to her a bit,’ said Visser, who was earlier congratulated on her win by king Willem-Alexander, Roger Federer and Usain Bolt, broadcaster NOS reported.

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