Ireen Wust: First Out Olympic Medalist

| February 12, 2018

Speed skater Ireen Wust took silver in the 3,000-meter – making her the first out Olympian to receive a medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Now competing in her fourth Olympic Games, Wust has four Olympic gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze. Those nine medals are the most of any LGBTQ Olympian in history.

”I just went for it,“ Wust told Reuters after the race. ”I think I had a really strong beginning of the race. I raced for the gold, not for silver or bronze. I went really well, only the last lap was really hard. In the end I was so close but it’s not good enough. I have to be satisfied with the silver, although it hurts a little bit.

You’ve got to be pretty good to say a silver medal in the Olympics is a bit of a disappointment, but Wust was favored by most to win the event. She won gold in the 3,000-meter in Sochi.

Plus, she lost to teammate Carlijn Achtereekte by a mere .08 seconds. Ouch.


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