Bibian Mentel won the Netherlands first gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Peyonchang on Monday. She took gold in the snowboard cross. Silver also went to the Netherlands with Lisa Bunschoten coming in second place. Chris Vos also won silver in the men's snowboard cross, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch athletes that participated in the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang are returning to the Netherlands on Monday, bringing 20 medals with them. They will be welcomed back and honored at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on Monday evening, RTL Nieuws reports.
Short tracker Suzanne Schulting won the Olympic title in the 1,000 meters - the first Dutch short track skater to win gold at the Olympic Games. Silver went to Canadian Kim Boutin, and bronze went to Italian skater Arianna Fontana, NOS reports.
Schulting had an amazing finale. She started in second position, but quickly took the lead by overtaking Boutin. After that she did not suffer from the pushing and pulling behind her, and stayed in first place until the end.
"I just started skating and stayed on one. I really still can't believe it", an overjoyed Schultin told NOS.
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.
Skater Jorien ter Mors won a gold medal on the 1,000 meters at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Wednesday. She finished with an Olympic record time of 1:13:56. Silver and bronze went to Japanese skaters Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi, NOS reports.
"I am so happy, it was simply a perfect race", Ter Mors said after her win.
This is not Ter Mors' first Olympic gold. Four years ago she won the Olympic title on the 1,500 meters in Sotsji. She will also be racing the 500 meters on Sunday.
Dutch skaters Ireen Wüst and Marrit Leenstra filled two of the three podium spots for the 1,500 meters at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung on Monday. Wüst won gold with a time of 1:54:35, two tenths of a second faster than favorite Miho Takagi from Japan. Leenstra took bronze, ending 0.92 seconds behind Wüst, NOS reports.
Fourth place also went to a Dutch skater - Lotte van Beek just missed the podium, ending just one hundredth of a second behind Leenstra.
Sjinkie Knegt secured second place in the 1,500-meter short-track speed skating event on Saturday, winning the Netherlands a silver medal. South Korean Hyojun Lim set an Olympic Record of 2:10.485 in his gold medal performance, beating Knegt by seven hundredths of a second.
Carlijn Achtereekte surprised the speed skating world on Saturday finishing with a gold medal in the 3,000 meter event at the Winter Olympics. The favorite, Ireen Wüst silvered in the event just .08 seconds slower than Achtereekte's 3 minutes, 59.21 second pace, while Antoinette de Jong finished in bronze at 4:00.02.
The Winter Olympics kick off in Peyonchang, South Korea on Friday. People in the Netherlands can watch the opening ceremony live from 11:50 a.m. on NPO 1.
The Netherlands has 33 athletes participating in the Winter Olympics this year. Though only 11 of them will take part in the opening ceremony. The other 22 couldn't fit the opening ceremony into their training schedule - many of the Dutch athletes will come into action on Saturday and Sunday, according to RTL Nieuws.
With the Winter Olympics starting on Friday, top Dutch athletes are heading to South Korea to participate. When they get there, their accommodations in Gangneung will be ready and waiting for them.
During the Olympics, from February 9th to 23rd, the Dutch team will share luxury accommodations with athletes from Great Britain in tower 806. Take a peek inside the athletes' digs in the video below.
Amsterdam chef Piet Brink flew to South Korea on Tuesday evening to make bitterballen during the Winter Olympics. He will make a total of around 22 thousand of the deep fried Dutch snacks, to serve at the Holland Heineken House every day of the Games. "I'll work around 10 hours every day", he said to Het Parool.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are dropping in for tea with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday on their way to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead an official visit to China in April, sources told the Telegraaf on Wednesday.
The Dutch King will spend only one day in China before traveling to South Korea for the Olympic Winter Games, NOS reports. Queen Maxima still has some appointments in China on Thursday.
Do not bring any drugs into Korea, Dutch ambassador in Seoul Lody Embrechts warns sports fans attending the Winter Olympics starting in the Asian country next week. "The controls are strict and the punishments are severe. Really don't do that", he said in an interview with the Telegraaf. Other than that, he advises Dutch Olympics fans to be prepared for the cold weather and respect the local culture.
After another record year in 2017, the Amsterdam Dance Event has announced its dates for 2018, saying that the showcase will focus on South Korea. The 23rd edition of ADE takes place from October 17th to the 21st throughout the Dutch capital city.
Last year, about 395,000 visitors enjoyed the 22nd edition. This year the organizers are expecting a few thousand more, to bring attendance up over 400,000 including local Netherlands residence and international music fans.
A casting call for Dutch radio station Radio 538's upcoming Winter Olympics coverage has caused anger among many members of the Dutch-Asian community. The job posting is seen by some as specifically promoting an antiquated caricature as it identifies the need for a Korean man who "is instantly recognizable as Korean", and able to speak "defective" Dutch and English. Whoever is hired for the role will be the face of Radio 538's broadcasts on the Olympics, taking place next February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
For the first time ever a Dutch house pet was cloned. The cloning happened in South Korea for a new BNN program, NOS reports.
Cloning is prohibited in the Netherlands, but importing a cloned animal is not illegal.
Student Jasper Buwalda from Groningen is missing. He traveled to Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student and hasn't made contact with friends or family
State Secretary Martijn van Dam was involved in a traffic accident in Seoul, South Korea. His car was hit by a van. The State Secretary escaped with only a shock, but the car sustained considerable damage
Dutch telecom company KPN and South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung reached a settlement in a patent dispute dating from 2014, according to court document released on Tuesday. The financial details of the settlement were not revealed
The opening evening of the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen on Friday drew over 80 thousand visitors, the organization announced. The festival kicked off by firework displays from the Netherlands and Belgium.
The Dutch Comfort Women also want an apology from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the World War II crimes they fell victim to. On Monday it was announced that Japan and South Korea reached an agreement about the South Korean Comfort Women, which states that Abe will apologize to them and create a fund for them in which Japan will put 1 billion yen, about 7.6 million euros
A joint investigation between the Dutch National Police, the American FBI and an Australian investigation team led to the dismantling of a massive child porn site. A total of 303 suspects, 5 of them Dutch, were arrested.
The Netherlands will be hosting the third summit for Global Health Security Agenda in the autumn of 2016, Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health announced in Seoul, where she is currently attending the second such summit. During this summit the dangers of infectious diseases are discussed