The medal celebration for the Dutch men's skating pursuit team went wrong in the Holland Heineken House (HHH) on Thursday night. Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij threw a large plate holding their bronze medal into the crowd, injuring two women, RTL Nieuws reports.
TeamNL added two more medals to its collection at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Wednesday, both in the team pursuit. The women's team won silver, and the men won bronze, NOS reports.
Ireen Wust, Marrit Leenstra and Antoinette de Jong broke a Dutch record in the race ending with a time of 2:55:48, but still had to settle for Silver. The Japanese skaters won gold with an Olympic record time of 2:53:89 - only 1:58 ahead of the Dutch. Bronze went to the United States.
After a heartwarming reception in Assen Monday, upon their return from Sochi, the Olympic medalists were decorated in The Hague, Tuesday. Safe for Ireen Wüst and Sven Kramer, all the medalists were knighted to the Order of Oranje-Nassau.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi will go on until February 23, but only 6 days into the games the Dutch team has managed to win a record number of medals of 12.
The Dutch sports team is good for 5 gold medals in Sochi, according to Statistics agency Infostrada, who based its calculations on global tournaments.
Dutch speed skater Jan Blokhuijsen won gold while his teammate Koen Verweij seized silver model in the men’s European champion allround in Hamar, Norway.
On Friday the Dutch national championships ice skating will start. Multi gold medal winners Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst are ready for the job.
On Friday the men will start with the 5 km and the 500 m races. For the 5 km race Kramer will race against Jan Blokhuijsen. Blokhuijsen was last years' runner-up, so the 9th race will be a very interesting one.
On the first day of the Dutch championships the women only take the 1500m. Ireen Wüst will ride against Laurine van Riessen in the 13th match.