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Dutch domination: Women take team pursuit gold, too

Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 15

competes during the Women’s/Men’s Team Pursuit Semifinals/Finals Speed Skating event on day fifteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Ryan Pierse

The Dutch domination of speed skating seems to be a divisive issue - some probably revel in observing greatness, others wonder if it might hurt the sport - but there’s no denying that it’s for real. The speed skating action wrapped up on Saturday and proved that much.

Shortly following the Netherlands’ gold medal win in the men’s (a world record performance), the Dutch women did the same with their own gold win and world record.

The 2:58.05 mark was set by Marrit Leenstra, Jorien Ter Mors and iconic skater Ireen Wuest. Here is a breakdown of their performance from Sochi’s official site:


The silver medal went to Poland while Russia took the bronze.

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