Ireen Wüst after last Olympics: ‘I’ll be back in four years, but then to encourage’ | winter doctor

VideoIreen Wüst ran the final race of her impressive Olympic career today. In the 1000 meters, there was no more than sixth place, but with gold in the 1500 meters and bronze in the team pursuit, she strengthened her status in Beijing as the most successful Dutch Olympian ever.


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“After sixteen years, it has been really nice”, replied Wüst, who got his breakthrough at the highest level at NOS at the Torino Games with gold in 3 kilometers. “I will be there again in four years, but then to encourage the other athletes.”

That she starts a new life after today has not yet fully dawned on the 35-year-old Brabant. “I’m not quite sure it was my last Olympic race. You do not have to worry about that during the trip. Now I have all the time for that. ”

Wüst was not at all happy with his farewell run. “It was more of a fight than ice skating today. I just wanted too much with Wojcik and therefore I only made mistakes on the first 50 meters. This was a bit like the old Wüst, which is back in time. I would like to ride this tour again. “

Ireen Wüst after her last trip at the Olympics. © REUTERS

Antoinette de Jong

Antoinette de Jong finished a place above Wüst, which closes the Olympics with two bronze medals. Japanese Miho Takagi won gold in the 1000 meters ahead of Jutta Leerdam. The bronze went to American Brittany Bowe.

,, It went much better than it was, “said De Jong at NOS. ,, I was really aggressive now and I felt I was in good shape. It got better because I because of the expectations I created for myself, skated with a ballast so I could not be myself completely.

,, But when I woke up this morning I thought: all or nothing, just show me what I’m worth. I really wanted to finish the games well, and it worked well. ”

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