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Ireen Wüst

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 5
Bronze 1
Total 11
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameIrene Karlijn "Ireen"•Wüst
Used nameIreen•Wüst
Born1 April 1986 in Goirle (NED)
Measurements168 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsIJsclub Tilburg, Tilburg (NED) / TVM, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (NED) / Team JustLease.nl, (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Ireen Wüst’s breakthrough came when she was still a junior. After placing third a the Dutch Championships, she qualified for the European (4th) and World Allround Championships (5th), and she closed out the year by becoming World Junior Champion. The following season, she won three Dutch distance titles, qualifying for four Olympic distances. Considered an outsider, she became the youngest Dutch Winter Olympic Champion by winning the 3000 m, later adding a bronze in the 1500 m. Wüst’s best season to date came in 2007. She won the 1000 and 1500 m at the World Single Distance Championships, became World Allround Champion and won the 1500 m World Cup. In addition, she placed second at the World Sprint Championships and the European Championships (despite leading comfortably after 3 events). While she has yet to equal that season, Wüst has continued to medal at international championships. In 2008, she added the World Championship in the team pursuit and the European title to her tally, which also includes three straight Dutch allround titles (2007-2009). She was named Dutch female athlete of the year in 2006, and in 2009 the Ireen Wüst rink opened in Tilburg.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.44 (2007); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2007); 1500 – 1:52.38 (2007); 3000 – 3:59.74 (2007); 5000 – 6:57.87 (2008).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ireen Wüst
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Netherlands 6
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ireen Wüst
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 8
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 7
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Netherlands 6
2014 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ireen Wüst
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Netherlands 1 Gold
2018 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Ireen Wüst
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Netherlands 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2014 Winter Olympics 21 February 2014 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Quarter-Finals, Heat 4 2:58.61 1
2014 Winter Olympics 22 February 2014 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Semi-Finals, Heat 2 2:58.43 1
2018 Winter Olympics 19 February 2018 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Quarter-Finals 2:55.61 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2018 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Ireen Wüst

Special Notes