The Netherlands is in the medal of Sochi far above. Especially in speed skating dominance with seven podium finishes so far is impressive. Rarely, the country had so many world-class athletes.
The hall Bauer of Eagle Arena in Sochi have demonstrated a very good nose. The seating of the hall was decorated in orange tones. As if the hosts could have known what is to come. The Netherlands dominate the competitions in speed skating this winter Games. Holland has always been a speed skating country, but so overwhelming as 2014, the superiority of Orange has never been. After four days Sochi the Netherlands are in the medals table in second place.
King Willem- Alexander and his wife Maxima , permanent guests in the arena could , her two seats with a clear conscience continue to rent . Out of sheer cheer while standing over new personal bests they came no longer to sit down. Three competitions are held in the arena so far , the Netherlands has collected seven of nine possible medals. Only declared Sven Kramer Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma the podium over 5000 meters to the part of the Dutch kingdom , then slid Ireen Wuest in impressive majesty to the
3000 -meter success. On Monday, the twin brothers Ronald and Michel Mulder sat on the icing on the cake .
Never had decided the sprint of the men about 500 meters a Dutchman . This was the area of Canadians , the Asians, the Americans. This time won Michel Mulder, was third , his brother Ronald , between Jan Smeekens placed . The competition should be glad that the family Mulder did not send more children to the competitions to Sochi . The Mulder – twins have four other brothers.
2014 Winter Olympics Sochi:”This is an individual sport”
The secret of the Dutch success is probably that the team does not make in artificial harmony. There is the principle of competition , the athletes push each other forward. “This is an individual sport , I look only to myself, and so I am also deeply disappointed,” Smeekens said, after he had missed the 500 – meter gold by one hundredth of a second. And Ronald Mulder confessed: ” It would have been even more perfect if I had stood up on the podium in front of my brother. ” Some have misunderstood as a joke .
” The degree of rivalry is extremely high with us , which helps us tremendously ,” says Michel Mulder.
Rarely, the Dutch had such an abundance of world class athletes. The Olympic champion in the 1500 meters of Vancouver , Mark Tuitert has not yet intervened , for example, in the action. He wants to repeat his triumph of 2010 – its closest competitor comes of course from his own camp . Koen Verweij , he also yet without the use says , quite succinctly : “I’m going for gold . ”
2014 Winter Olympics Sochi:Kemkers as the father of success
The founding fathers are on the sidelines, and the father figure of success is called Gerard Kemkers. Four years ago, the coach nor the Depp was the nation when he had the wrong path to the already big time favorite in the 10,000 meters, Sven Kramer and secure gold lost it. Kramer and he have their cooperation after briefly interrupted, now they are again a duo. Kemkers also trained Ireen Wüst. Both have here already won gold, it was the Olympic title six and seven for Kemkers.
The coach is a quiet guy, he hates the spotlight. Quite unlike his charges that are full of self-confidence. You have to watch in the hall, the casual elegance with which they make themselves warm. There are winners.
Kramer said after his 5000-meter triumph: “No other than I could win this race.” And Ireen Wüst has touched their goals for Sochi before: “I want to win gold on the 1000 meters, 1500 meters and the team.” One must assume that it is true carry out their threat.
Nothing goes in the Oranje’s almost everything. As Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday the Heineken House, where the Dutch celebrate their triumphs in the evening visited, ran to him as First Ireen Wuest on the road. A woman who is openly bisexual lives for years. Putin went up to her and patted the Dutch. Wüst smiled superior, and the Dutch press was another story.
Kemkers said: “.., We are not done yet here we catch here only to” That does not sound good for the rest of the world.