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Ireen Wüst Is The Best: Gold Medal for Dutch Lesbian Speedskater

She did it again. Four years ago, lesbian Dutch speedskater Ireen Wüst won gold for the 1,500 (oops) 3,000-meter race in Turin. Today, she repeated history.

“Pulling all the pieces together, I’m so proud and happy,” she says of winning gold for the 1,500 meter race this time around (she won bronze in the event in 2006). “I can’t describe how happy I am. I don’t have words for it. I think I’m the happiest person on Earth right now.”

Those are the words of the athlete who was worried talk about her sexuality was overtaking the reason she is in Vancouver: to win. And even we could feel the tears brewing on the medal podium as she received the gold medal around her neck.

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On:           Feb 21, 2010
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  • 13 Comments
    • Wim Prange
      Wim Prange

      Correction: Ireen Wüst won gold for the 3,000m in Turin, not 1,500. She won bronze for the 1,500 there. Both medals were a huge surprise because she was virtually unknown on the international stage.

      Her win today was also rather a surprise. Her Canadian rivals dominated this particular distance until today.

      Feb 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      Well done, Ireen.

      Feb 22, 2010 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      Ireen says “I think I’m the happiest person on Earth right now.”

      So… it is safe to say in that moment she was the gayest person on Earth. :D

      BTW when two Dutch people go on a date and split the bill is it called “Going… something else.”? :D

      Feb 22, 2010 at 5:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      She was worried that talk about her sexuality was overtaking her real aim for competing + we do a story focusing on her being lesbian? >_>

      Feb 22, 2010 at 9:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wendy
      Wendy

      @Daniel:

      No we don’t call it going something else ;)

      Why didn’t you folks put a nice picture here where she is hugging her girlfriend? It was so sweet to see! On tv you could see they where holding back. Just to cute

      url foor hugging pics
      http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx149/saskiaj1984/WsthugsVanKerkhof.jpg

      http://media.nu.nl/m/m1czo3ja7v4v.jpg

      Feb 22, 2010 at 10:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlwaysGay
      AlwaysGay

      I’m so happy for her. What her and Matthew Mitcham’s gold medals prove is you can be openly gay and compete at the highest level and win. It’s all down to preparation.

      Feb 22, 2010 at 10:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Artemis Eneldo
      Artemis Eneldo

      Everyone wants to see something of themselves in this pinnacle of human endeavor we call the Olympics.

      Of course, gays and lesbians want to see our own people compete and win. It is uplifting. And that they are winning outside the closet is even better.

      When gays and lesbians are completely equal worldwide, it won’t be news. I hope that day come soon.

      Until that day comes, it is not only news, but GOOD news for gays and lesbians.

      Feb 22, 2010 at 11:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wen
      Wen

      Video on Ireen Wust, and her hugging+kis her GF @ 3:17
      http://nos.nl/os2010/artikel/138787-wust-wint-1500-meter.html

      Choose video named ‘Het goud van Wust is een feit’ (the Gold of Wust is a fact).

      :)

      Feb 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wen
      Wen

      Correction! Its @ 2:00 minutes exactly (and not 3:17).

      Feb 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • XèniaBCN
      XèniaBCN

      @Wen:

      the vid can’t be seen outside the Netherlands……… ;(

      but thanks anyway Wen!!! :)

      Feb 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pinsel
      Pinsel

      Maybe this works?

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcbsrb_irenegoudenrace_webcam

      Feb 23, 2010 at 6:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wen
      Wen

      @10 XeniaBCN, I can’t fix that, but thanks for letting me know!
      @11 Pinsel, excellent, that works!

      Feb 23, 2010 at 8:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justme
      justme

      http://fuckyeahireenwust.tumblr.com/

      Mar 31, 2010 at 8:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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