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Feb 11, 2014

Speed skating: Dutch leave the rest flailing on the ice

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Dutch have managed to extract an endless line of soccer talent from their 17 million people but it is in the Winter Olympic sport of speed skating where they have truly struck gold.

An Olympic record 30 times, in fact.

Victories for Sven Kramer, Irene Wust and Michel Mulder on the first three days of competition at the Adler Arena in Sochi have helped the Dutch become the most decorated Olympic speed skating nation, surpassing the United States’ mark of 29.

Feb 10, 2014

Mulder twins claim gold and bronze, Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Michel Mulder ‘lost’ then won the men’s 500 meters Olympic speed skating title by one hundredth of a second in a dramatic finale at the Adler Arena on Monday, with his twin brother Ronald taking bronze in another Dutch clean sweep of the medals.

After clocking a combined 69.312 seconds for his two 500m races, Mulder sat on the edge of the ice and watched as compatriot Jan Smeekens crossed the line in the final heat and was placed on top of the leaderboard on the giant screen.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Speedskating-Michel Mulder leads another Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Michel Mulder of the Netherlands won the men’s 500 meters Olympic speed skating title by the tightest of margins on Monday, with his twin brother Ronald settling for bronze in another Dutch clean sweep of the medals.

Mulder clocked a total time of 69.31 seconds for his two 500m races, pipping compatriot Jan Smeekens by just 0.01 seconds.

Feb 10, 2014

No band aid for Dutch musicians

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Dutch speed skating team are winning, the fans are singing and the band is … wait. Where is the band?

Kleintje Pils has become a regular feature at Winter Olympics, the Dutch musicians entertaining fans at speed skating events around the world for almost 30 years.

Feb 10, 2014

Speed skating: No band aid for Dutch musicians

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Dutch speed skating team are winning, the fans are singing and the band is … wait. Where is the band?

Kleintje Pils has become a regular feature at Winter Olympics, the Dutch musicians entertaining fans at speed skating events around the world for almost 30 years.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-No band aid for Dutch musicians

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The Dutch speed skating team are winning, the fans are singing and the band is … wait. Where is the band?

Kleintje Pils has become a regular feature at Winter Olympics, the Dutch musicians entertaining fans at speed skating events around the world for almost 30 years.

Feb 9, 2014

Wust pleases the Dutchies, Russia’s Graf grabs medal

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Dutch skater Irene Wust edged out defending champion Martina Sablikova to wrest back the Olympic 3,000 meters speed skating title on Sunday but the loudest cheer was reserved for Olga Graf after she claimed Russia’s first medal of the Sochi Games.

Wust clocked four minutes, 0.34 seconds over the seven-and-a-half laps at the Adler Arena in the 13th of 14 heats to eclipse Sablikova’s mark by 1.6 seconds.

Feb 9, 2014

Russian Graf ready for exposure after bronze

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Winning the bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 meters speed skating will grant Olga Graf national exposure as Russia’s first medalist at their Sochi Games, but her wardrobe malfunction is likely to garner global fame.

The 30-year-old chess-playing skater had the noisy crowd at the Adler Arena on their feet as she delivered a personal best in the race on Sunday.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Russian Graf ready for exposure after bronze

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Winning the bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 metres speed skating will grant Olga Graf national exposure as Russia’s first medallist at their Sochi Games, but her wardrobe malfunction is likely to garner global fame.

The 30-year-old chess-playing skater had the noisy crowd at the Adler Arena on their feet as she delivered a personal best in the race on Sunday.

Feb 9, 2014

Wust wins 3000m Sochi Games gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Irene Wust upset defending champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic to win the women’s 3,000 metre Olympic title on Sunday and hand the Dutch their second speedskating gold of the Sochi Games.

Wust clocked four minutes, 0.34 seconds over the seven-and-a-half laps at the Adler Arena in the 13th of 14 heats to eclipse the previous best mark set by Sablikova by 1.6 seconds.