Ireen Wüst

Ireen Wüst (Dutch pronunciation: [iˈreːn ʋyst]; born 1 April 1986) is a Dutch long track allround speed skater.

Ireen Wüst
Ireen Wüst.jpg
Wüst in 2013
Personal information
NationalityDutch
Born (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 35)
Goirle, Netherlands
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Websiteireenwust.nl
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportSpeed skating
Event(s)1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m
ClubIJsclub Tilburg
TVM Schaatsploeg
Reggeborgh
Turned pro2005
Medal record
Women's speed skating
Representing the Netherlands
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 5 5 1
World Allround 7 4 2
World Sprint 0 1 0
World Distance 15 15 1
European Allround 5 4 2
Total 32 29 6
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 3000 m
Gold medal – first place 2010 Vancouver 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi 3000 m
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi 5000m
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang 3000m
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang Team pursuit
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin 1500m
World Allround Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Heerenveen Allround
Gold medal – first place 2011 Calgary Allround
Gold medal – first place 2012 Moscow Allround
Gold medal – first place 2013 Hamar Allround
Gold medal – first place 2014 Heerenveen Allround
Gold medal – first place 2017 Hamar Allround
Gold medal – first place 2020 Hamar Allround
Silver medal – second place 2008 Berlin Allround
Silver medal – second place 2015 Calgary Allround
Silver medal – second place 2016 Berlin Allround
Silver medal – second place 2018 Amsterdam Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hamar Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Heerenveen Allround
World Sprint Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Hamar Sprint
World Single Distance Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Salt Lake City 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2007 Salt Lake City 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2008 Nagano Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2011 Inzell 1500m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Inzell 3000m
Gold medal – first place 2012 Heerenveen Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2013 Sochi 1500m
Gold medal – first place 2013 Sochi 3000m
Gold medal – first place 2013 Sochi Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kolomna Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2017 Gangneung 3000m
Gold medal – first place 2017 Gangneung Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2019 Inzell 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2020 Salt Lake City 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2021 Heerenveen Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2007 Salt Lake City Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2009 Vancouver 1500m
Silver medal – second place 2009 Vancouver Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2011 Inzell 1000m
Silver medal – second place 2011 Inzell Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2012 Heerenveen 1500m
Silver medal – second place 2013 Sochi 1000m
Silver medal – second place 2013 Sochi 5000m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Heerenveen 1500m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Heerenveen 3000m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Heerenveen Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2016 Kolomna 3000m
Silver medal – second place 2017 Gangneung 1500m
Silver medal – second place 2019 Inzell Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2020 Salt Lake City Team pursuit
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Heerenveen 3000m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Kolomna Allround
Gold medal – first place 2013 Heerenveen Allround
Gold medal – first place 2014 Hamar Allround
Gold medal – first place 2015 Chelyabinsk Allround
Gold medal – first place 2017 Heerenveen Allround
Gold medal – first place 2020 Heerenven 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2020 Heerenven Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2007 Collalbo Allround
Silver medal – second place 2010 Hamar Allround
Silver medal – second place 2011 Collalbo Allround
Silver medal – second place 2020 Heerenven Team sprint
Silver medal – second place 2016 Minsk Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Hamar Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Budapest Allround

Wüst is the youngest Dutch Olympic gold medalist in the history of the Winter Games. At the age of nineteen, on 12 February 2006, she won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games 3000 metre event; four years later at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games she won the 1500 metre event; at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games she won two gold and three silver medals, making her the most decorated athlete at the Sochi Games.[1] Following her most recent victory in the 1500 metres at the 2018 Winter Olympics she has won a record eleven Olympic medals, more than any other speed skater, making her the most successful athlete of the Netherlands at the Olympics. She is also a seven-time world allround champion, a fourteen-time world single distance champion, and a five-time European allround champion. In 2014, she was elected by Reuters as the Sportswoman of the World.

Skating careerEdit

Wüst debuted at the 2004 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships in November 2003 with ninth place in both the 500m and 1500m events. At the end of the season she won the silver medal in the world junior championships in Roseville, Minnesota, USA. The next season she qualified for the 2004–05 World Cup during the 2005 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships with fifth place in the 1000m and fourth place in the 1500m. With a third place at the 2005 KNSB Dutch Allround Championships she qualified for her first international senior tournament, the 2005 European Championships in Heerenveen. There she came fourth and secured herself a spot in the Dutch team for the 2005 World Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia, where she finished in fifth place. She then became World Junior Champion in Seinäjoki, Finland.

Season 2005–2006Edit

Before the start of the season Wüst signed a deal with TVM and started training under the guidance of Gerard Kemkers. At the 2006 KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships, which also served as the Olympic Trials, Wüst won the 1000m, 1500m and 3000m, which gave her a spot in the Dutch Olympic Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Before the Olympics she started in the 2006 European Championships in Hamar where she won the bronze medal behind Claudia Pechstein of Germany and team mate Renate Groenewold.

Olympic Games in TurinEdit

At the 2006 Olympics her first distance was the 3000 metres[2] where Wüst beat Groenewold and Cindy Klassen of Canada and became the youngest olympic champion from the Netherlands in the history of the Winter Olympics. She missed out the podium in the 1000 metres finishing fourth. At her last event the 1500 metres she won a bronze medal behind Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves of Canada. At her last event of the season the 2006 World Allround Championships, Wüst finished fourth after she had been ill a few days before the tournament.[3]

After the end of the season Wüst was elected as the best Dutch Sportswoman of the Year 2006.[4] She was also elected female skater of the year.

Season 2006–2007Edit

Wüst started the season with two titles and one second place at the 2007 Dutch Distance Championships. She also won the 2007 Dutch Allround Championships. At the 2007 European Championships Wüst led the championships after 3 of 4 distances but was beaten by Martina Sáblíková. The next weekend she competed in the 2007 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, again winning the silver medal. She became World Allround Champion during the 2007 World Allround Championships for the home crowd in Heerenveen. She won the 2006–07 World Cup in the 1500m after winning two of the six races, as well as the 1000m during the World Cup Final in Calgary. At the 2007 World Distance Championships she won a gold medal in the 1000m, breaking the national record, and another in the 1500m. With Renate Groenewold and Paulien van Deutekom she won silver in the team pursuit behind Canada.

Season 2007–2008Edit

After a difficult start to the season Wüst won the European allround title in January 2008.[5] Her main competitor this year was Paulien van Deutekom. Wüst finished second behind van Deutekom during the World Allround Championships in Berlin. In Nagano during the 2008 World Distance Championships she won the gold medal in the team pursuit alongside Groenewold and Van Deutekom. Wüst won only one world race this season, the 1500m in Hamar.

2010 Olympic Games in VancouverEdit

At the 2010 Winter Olympics she won a gold medal in the 1500 metres.[6]

2014 Olympic Games in SochiEdit

At the 2014 Winter Olympics she won gold medals in the 3000 metres and in the team pursuit, and silver medals in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m.[7][8]

2018 Olympic Games in PyeongchangEdit

At the 2018 Winter Olympics she won a gold medal in the 1500 metres and a silver medal in the 3000 metres. Her 1500m gold medal was her fourth consecutive medal at this distance at the Olympics, and this was the fourth Olympics in a row in which she won an individual gold medal, the first time this was achieved by a Winter Olympian.[9] She also became the second speed skater to win the Olympic 1500 metres twice (after Lidiya Skoblikova in 1960 and 1964), and the first Dutch athlete to win five gold medals and ten medals overall at the Olympics.[10] She also became the first speed skater, male or female, to win eleven Olympic medals, and the first female Winter Olympian to win nine individual medals.

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[11]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500m 38.44 9 February 2007 Heerenveen
1000m 1:12.64 15 February 2020 Salt Lake City
1500m 1:50.718 10 March 2019 Salt Lake City ER
3000m 3:58.01 12 February 2011 Calgary
5000m 6:54.28 19 February 2014 Sochi
Team pursuit 2:56.02 17 November 2013 Salt Lake City ER

She is currently in 4th position on the adelskalender[12] with a score of 156.436 points.

Tournament overviewEdit

Season Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
Dutch
Championships
Sprint
Dutch
Championships
Allround
European
Championships
Allround
World
Championships
Allround
World
Championships
Sprint
World
Championships
Single
Distances
Olympic
Games
World
Cup
GWC
World
Championships
Junior
Allround
European
Championships
Single
Distances

2003–2004

9th 500m
9th 1500m
ROSEVILLE

11th 500m
  1500m
  1000m
  3000m
  overall
  Team pursuit

2004–2005

5th 1000m
4th 1500m

  500m
5th 3000m
  1500m
5th 5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

7th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
6th 5000m
4th overall
MOSCOW

5th 500m
4th 3000m
  1500m
6th 5000m
5th overall

28th 1500m
SEINÄJOKI

  500m
  1500m
  1000m
  3000m
  overall
  Team pursuit

2005–2006

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
HAMAR

5th 500m
4th 3000m
  1500m
4th 5000m
  overall
CALGARY

5th 500m
7th 3000m
  1500m
7th 5000m
4th overall
TURIN

4th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m
6th Team pursuit

7th 1000m
  1500m
25th 3/5km
5th Team pursuit

2006–2007

4th 500m
  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
COLLALBO

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
6th 5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HAMAR

14th 500m
  1000m
10th 500m
  1000m
  overall
SALT LAKE CITY

  1000m
  1500m
5th 3000m
  Team pursuit

29th 500m
6th 1000m
  1500m
6th 3/5km
  Team pursuit

2007–2008

8th 500m
  1000m
  1500m
4th 3000m

5th 500m
  1000m
4th 500m
  1000m
  overall

  500m
  3000m
4th 1500m
  5000m
  overall
KOLOMNA

4th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
BERLIN

  500m
4th 3000m
  1500m
4th 5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

19th 500m
  1000m
19th 500m
  1000m
6th overall
NAGANO

9th 1000m
7th 1500m
  Team pursuit

42nd 500m
  1000m
  1500m
7th 3/5km

2008–2009

10th 500m
6th 1000m
  1500m
DQ 3000m

13th 500m
7th 1000m
DNS 500m
DNQ 1000m
NC overall

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

6th 500m
7th 3000m
4th 1500m
5th 5000m
6th overall
HAMAR

  500m
7th 3000m
  1500m
8th 5000m
  overall
VANCOUVER

  1500m
  Team pursuit

36th 1000m
6th 1500m
  Team pursuit

2009–2010

6th 500m
5th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m
HAMAR

4th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
5th 5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

6th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
7th 5000m
  overall
VANCOUVER

8th 1000m
  1500m
7th 3000m
6th Team pursuit

53rd 500m
19th 1000m
6th 1500m
9th 3/5km
5th Team pursuit

2010–2011

NC 500m
5th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m

5th 500m
  1000m
8th 500m
 1000m
4th overall
COLLALBO

6th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
CALGARY

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

13th 500m
  1000m
16th 500m
 1000m
7th overall
INZELL

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

5th 1000m
  1500m
9th 3/5km
  Team pursuit

2011–2012

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

8th 500m
  1000m
9th 500m
  1000m
5th overall
BUDAPEST

  500m
5th 3000m
6th 1500m
  5000m
  overall
MOSCOW

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

5th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

5th 1000m
  1500m
8th 3/5km
6th Team pursuit
  Grand World Cup

2012–2013

6th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m

10th 500m
  1000m
11th 500m
  1000m
5th overall

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

4th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
 5000m
  overall
HAMAR

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
SOCHI

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  5000m
  Team pursuit

12th 1000m
  1500m
6th 3/5km
  Team pursuit
  Grand World Cup

2013–2014

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

8th 500m
  1000m
7th 500m
DQ 1000m
NC overall
HAMAR

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
 5000m
  overall
SOCHI

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  5000m
  Team pursuit

6th 1000m
  1500m
6th 3/5km
  Team pursuit
  Grand World Cup

2014–2015

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

13th 500m
  1000m
DNS 500m
DNS 1000m
NC overall

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
CHELYABINSK

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
CALGARY

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

4th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

6th 1000m
4th 1500m
  3/5km
  Team pursuit
4th Grand World Cup

2015–2016

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

11th 500m
  1000m
12th 500m
  1000m
6th overall
MINSK

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
4th 5000m
  overall
BERLIN

4th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
KOLOMNA

6th 1000m
4th 1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

20th 1500m
17th 3/5km
  Team pursuit

2016–2017

10th 500m
  1000m
  1500m
  3000m

5th 500m
  1000m
5th 500m
  1000m
  overall
HEERENVEEN

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
HAMAR

  500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
GANGNEUNG

  1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

11th 1000m
4th 1500m
9th 3/5km
  Team pursuit

2017–2018

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
AMSTERDAM

9th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
GANGNEUNG

9th 1000m
  1500m
  3000m
  Team pursuit

16th 1000m
7th 1500m
12th 3/5km
  Team pursuit

2018–2019

  1000m
  1500m
  3000m
COLLALBO

4th 500m
7th 3000m
5th 1500m
7th 5000m
4th overall
CALGARY

  500m
6th 3000m
  1500m
7th 5000m
5th overall
INZELL

  1500m
5th 3000m
  Team pursuit

53rd 500m
8th 1000m
  1500m
24th 3/5km
4th Team pursuit
  Team sprint

2019–2020

  1000m
  1500m
5th 3000m
HAMAR

4th 500m
  3000m
  1500m
  5000m
  overall
SALT LAKE CITY

4th 1000m
  1500m
  Team pursuit

14th 1000m
  1500m
HEERENVEEN

5th 1000m
  1500m
  Team pursuit
  Team sprint

2020–2021

  1000m
4th 1500m
5th 3000m

12th 500m
4th 1000m
10th 500m
  1000m
6th overall
HEERENVEEN

5th 1500m
  Team pursuit

5th 1000m
  1500m   Team pursuit

Source:[13][14][15]

World Cup overviewEdit

Season 500 meter
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007 8th 14th
2007–2008 1st(b)
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
2017–2018
2018–2019
2019–2020
2020–2021
Season 1000 meter
2004–2005
2005–2006 6th  
2006–2007        
2007–2008 7th 8th 12th 6th 4th         4th
2008–2009 16th 13th
2009–2010 1st(b) 5th 16th 16th
2010–2011   5th    
2011–2012 11th 5th 7th   5th  
2012–2013 5th    
2013–2014 7th    
2014–2015   6th 4th 5th
2015–2016
2016–2017 5th 6th 5th
2017–2018 11th 14th 4th
2018–2019 5th 4th 4th 8th 6th
2019–2020 7th 5th 10th
2020–2021 5th 6th
Season 1500 meter
2004–2005 1st(b)
2005–2006 6th 7th 4th  
2006–2007          
2007–2008 5th 13th 5th    
2008–2009 8th 7th   4th 11th
2009–2010 11th     12th 9th
2010–2011          
2011–2012          
2012–2013 –*      
2013–2014          
2014–2015       4th
2015–2016 4th
2016–2017      
2017–2018 4th 4th  
2018–2019 4th       4th
2019–2020          
2020–2021    
Season 3000/5000 meter
2004–2005
2005–2006 –* 1st(b)
2006–2007       –*
2007–2008 9th 7th –*   –*  
2008–2009
2009–2010 11th 6th –* 6th 4th
2010–2011 4th 8th –*   –*
2011–2012   4th –*   –*
2012–2013 8th   –*  
2013–2014   –*    
2014–2015   –*      
2015–2016 –*  
2016–2017 7th 5th –*  
2017–2018 6th  
2018–2019 6th 6th –*
2019–2020
2020–2021
Season Team pursuit
2004–2005
2005–2006  
2006–2007    
2007–2008
2008–2009    
2009–2010   4th
2010–2011    
2011–2012   DNF
2012–2013    
2013–2014      
2014–2015    
2015–2016
2016–2017    
2017–2018  
2018–2019   4th
2019–2020    
2020–2021    

Source: [16]

– = Did not participate
* = 5000m
(b) = Division B
DNF = Did not finish
DQ = Disqualified
NC = No classification
DNQ =Did not qualify

Medals wonEdit

updated February 2021

Championship Gold
 
Silver
 
Bronze
 
Dutch Single Distances
18
12
9
Dutch Allround
15
6
6
Dutch Sprint
10
5
2
European Allround
21
16
8
Olympic Games
5
5
1
World Single Distances
15
15
1
World Allround
22
26
11
World Sprint Classification
1
6
0
World Cup
48
39
21
World Cup GWC
9
7
10
World Junior
4
5
1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Ireen Wust Biography". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Wüst vierde halverwege WK allround" (in Dutch). Omroep Brabant. 18 March 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
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  5. ^ "Kramer and Wüst win at European Championships". The New York Times. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Results of the 2010 Olympic Games 1500 meters Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  7. ^ Kevin Oklobzija (9 February 2014). "Ireen Wust wins 3,000; Olga Graf claims Russia's first Sochi medal". USA Today.
  8. ^ "Speedskating: Versatile Jorien ter Mors beats Ireen Wust, leads another Dutch sweep". The Washington Post. 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Dutch speed skating GOAT makes Michael Phelpsian Winter Olympics history". Yahoo! Sports. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Speed skating: Wust powers to 1,500m gold for record 10th medal". Reuters. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ https://speedskatingresults.com/index.php?p=17&s=687
  12. ^ "Adelskalendern". evertstenlund.se. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Ireen Wüst". SpeedSkatingNews.
  14. ^ "Ireen Wüst". speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Ireen Wüst". schaatsstatistieken.nl. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Calendar of Events". International Skating Union. Retrieved 16 February 2021.

External linksEdit