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.
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.
Dutch skater, and title defender, Jorrit Bergsma came in second place in the men's 10 thousand meters at the Olympic Games in South Korea on Thursday. Dutch-Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold, skating for the Canadian team. Third place went to Italian Nicola Tumolero, NOS reports.
Bloemen won with a time of 12:39:77. Bergsma followed with 12:44:99. "I've never before skated this fast, but Bloemen skated a great race", Bergsma said in reaction to his silver medal.
Dutch Olympic athletes are already flooded with medals, but will soon also be flooded with champagne. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt promised a bottle of champagne to every athlete who imitates his famous pose, and several Dutch athletes are accepting the challenge.
So far Sven Kramer, Kjeld Nuis and Ireen Wüst all struck the Bolt pose.
Dutch speed skating coach Jillert Anema was reprimanded for attempted match fixing during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sotsji. Four years ago he received an official warning from Maurits Hendriks - then the chief of the Dutch Olympic Team's mission - for violating Olympic values, the Volkskrant reports.
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.
The Dutch embassy in the United States invited American TV host Katie Couric to visit the Netherlands so that she can see "all the innovative ways the Dutch get around". This follows Couric saying that the Dutch are good at speed skating because they skate to work.
Dutch skaters won three medals within 30 minutes at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday. Yara van Kerkhof won silver in the women's 500 meters. And Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest won gold and silver in the men's 1,500 meters, NOS reports.
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.
Dutch skater Sven Kramer won gold in the 5 thousand meter track skating at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung on Sunday. Not only did he finish in a record time of 6,09.76, but this is also his third consecutive Olympic medal for the 5 thousand meters. With that Kramer goes down in history as the first ever man to win the same Olympic skating event three times in a row, NOS reports.
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.
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.
Sven Kramer, Olympic gold medal winner on the 5,000 m in Sochi, stops training with his coach, Gerard Kemkers, effective immediately. "If I want something new, now is the time to do it," said Kramer during a press conference Friday afternoon in Heerenveen.
The successful Dutch Olympic athletes are set to return to home soil Monday.
The podium was colored orange again, Wednesday, after the 5,000m speed skating for women, with Irene Wüst earning a silver medal and bronze going to Carien Kleibeuker. Martina Sábliková from the Szech Republic was faster with 6:51:54 and took gold.
Dutch athletes have won 17 medals for the country at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Sunday's 'clean sweep' saw the top four places taken up by Oranje.
Ireen Wüst, the Dutch skater, has won her third gold medal as she triumphed on Sunday at the Olympic 3000 meters.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at Sochi, and used the opportunity to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Friday, announced the Government Information Service (RVD).