Out Olympian Speedskater Ireen Wüst Wins Gold In Sochi

Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands, one of six out LGBT Olympians competing in Sochi, placed first in the 3,000 meters.

Ireen Wüst skates to first place. Marko Djurica / Reuters

Ireen Wüst, a speedskater from the Netherlands, won first place Sunday in the 3,000-meter competition in Sochi, defeating the defending champion from Czech Republic. She is one of few out LGBT olympians competing in Sochi.

Wüst finished in just 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds — just ahead of Martina Sablikova, the defending champ. Sablikova took silver after stopping the timer at 4 minutes, 1.95 seconds, while Russia’s Olga Graf won the bronze medal, finishing in 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds. Graf’s medal is the first in the games for Russia, the host nation.

Wüst, 27, won her first gold medal at the age of 19 in the same event during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, becoming the youngest Dutch Winter Olympic champion. In 2010, she won gold in the the women’s 1,500-meter race in Vancouver, Canada.

CORRECTION: Wüst has described herself as bisexual. A previous version of this post incorrectly stated her sexual identity and was brought to our attention by sharp-eyed commenters.

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