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Ireen Wüst takes gold at 3rd straight Winter Olympics

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Pavel Golovkin, APIreen Wust of the Netherlands flashes three fingers indicating her third Olympic gold medal, during the flower ceremony after winning gold in the women's 3,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Pavel Golovkin, AP
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands flashes three fingers indicating her third Olympic gold medal, during the flower ceremony after winning gold in the women’s 3,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia — Ireen Wüst held up three fingers.

One nail was painted red. The others were white and blue.

Gold would’ve worked, too.

Wüst, one of only seven openly LGBT Olympic athletes competing in Sochi, claimed a speedskating gold medal at her third straight Winter Olympics, knocking off defending champion Martina Sablikova in the 3,000 meters Sunday. That made the Netherlands 2-for-2 at Adler Arena, the world’s dominant speedskating nation living up to his billing through the first weekend in Sochi.

“Seventeen million Dutch wanted me to win,” said Wüst, who painted her nails in the colors of the Dutch flag. “Now the extreme pressure is off, and I can win more.”

Skating in the next-to-last pairing on sea-level ice that wore down some other top contenders, including Germany’s Claudia Pechstein, the winner looked strong all the way through. She won with a time of 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds, easily beating the number Sablikova had just put up in the previous pairing.

“The relief is immense,” Wüst said, “and the satisfaction even greater.”

The 27-year-old Wüst kept holding up three fingers, which was only appropriate. She has been on top at three straight Olympics, claiming the 3,000 at the 2006 Turin Games and the 1,500 at Vancouver in 2010.

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Wüst came to Sochi as the skater to beat after winning the European all-round title last month. She lived up to the billing, becoming the most decorated Dutch female Winter Olympian with three golds and a silver.

“It’s three in a row,” Wüst said, “and I want to become even more unique.”

Her celebration was certainly one-of-a-kind. Wüst went sliding on her rear toward the barrier lining the outside lane — the only time she went down all day.

The other two medalists also whooped it up. Sablikova, who won gold in both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the Vancouver Games, didn’t seem to mind giving back one of her titles.

“Wüst was simply very fast today and nobody could fight her,” Sablikova said.

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  1. OBAMA!!!!! (shakes fist in direction of white house) lol… CONGRATS!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:47pm
  2. Love it!! Where is her rainbow????

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:48pm
  3. Good for her..ROCK ON!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:48pm
  4. Shouldn’t it be “at 3rd gayly forward Winter Olympics “

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:48pm
  5. Clicked "VIew comments" for this. I am not disappointed.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:06pm
  6. We’re here. We’re Queer. You’d better get used to it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:49pm
  7. EXACTLY!!!!!

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:28pm
  8. Hup Holland hup

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:50pm
  9. AWESOME!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:50pm
  10. !!!! Totally Awesome!!♥♥♥

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:50pm
  11. Great going as a athlete in general and rock on as a gay athlete

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:50pm
  12. I wonder how the openlyvstraight competitors feel?

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:51pm
  13. Yay!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:51pm
  14. We’re #1

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:51pm
  15. Go girl Go!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:51pm
  16. Okay!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:52pm
  17. Exactly nothing straight about it! 3 in a row!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:53pm
  18. Can’t these just be “Winter Olympics” and not “straight winter Olympics”

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:54pm
  19. Hell yes! Let’s show Russia how base their country is.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:55pm
  20. Some of ya’ll don’t have the sense of a tin can.. ’3rd straight Olympics’ is not referring to her sexual orientation.. It’s referring to the fact that for three events running she has won the gold..

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:55pm
  21. No, really, they get it. Some gay people like to think we don't do anything "straight", though, and in accordance with this notion, a synonym of the word straight in this context is more appropriate, such as consecutive or in-a-row. Looks like you have the sense of a tin can when it comes to gay culture.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:41pm
  22. Oh, is that gay culture..? When I was initiated into the life de homo I wasn't informed.. I thought it was just stupid quibbling over word choice when nobody has a problem with the fact that her sexuality was wrong in the SAME HEADLINE.. That's what 'gays' do..? Glad I'm a lesbian.. Get out of my face you pasty fuck.. Thanks..

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:51pm
  23. "...don't have the sense of a tin can." i admit, i laughed hard.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:29pm
  24. We’re here. We’re queer. We win gold medals !

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:56pm
  25. lest we forget, we're pretty damn FABULOUS too!!! :)

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:15pm
  26. I don't understand why the sexual orientation is important in this article. She's a great athlete. that's what counts. I don't care if she's a lesbian, bi, or hetero. She's a human being and a great sportswoman.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:08pm
  27. Gay people and demonstrators for gay equality are being beaten and arrested just outside the games. When a gay athlete wins, Putin is shamed. Gays take back respect in the world. Clear yet?

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:19pm
  28. Well said, Beverly.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:22pm
  29. Lesbian at a “…straight winter Olympics”? Poor wording, there. Har. ;) Regardless, congratulations!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:57pm
  30. BOYCOT SOCHI HUMAN RIGHTS SUPERCEDE ATHLETIC ORGASM

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:57pm
  31. congratulations made us sisters proud

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:57pm
  32. Ciara well bloody said. Hahahaha. When I read the headline and then l the comments I was like…. They’re not getting this lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:01pm
  33. Go girl!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:02pm
  34. You go girl !

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:03pm
  35. Who cares who she’s having a relationship with? That’s the whole point! It SHOULDNT MATTER!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:04pm
  36. Congrats!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:04pm
  37. Congrats

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:06pm
  38. Take THAT Putin!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:06pm
  39. Congratulations-not watching but supporting the U.S. Athletes none the less

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:09pm
  40. She’s bisexual ;). Anyways, go Holland!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:10pm
  41. Поздравляю!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:10pm
  42. But what difference does it make if she is gay or straight?

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:11pm
  43. Because, if a gay wins the gold, children are going to idolize that person and want to be like them, and Putin can't have that!

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:37pm
  44. omg...enough

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:42pm
  45. The same difference when Jesse Owens beat the pants off of the Master Race in 1936.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:51pm
  46. Maybe someday it won't, but as long as gay people face condemnation and inequality it matters a great deal.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:19pm
  47. Look, I have no problem with gay. One of my very good friends is gay. I was a music major in college so they have been a big part of my life. But I don't understand what the difference is if a gay person does well. Is it different if a black woman wins something? Should it make a difference if it is a purple person? No, I want equality for everyone whether they are gay or a different race or whatever they are. Equality should be what we are aiming for.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:20pm
  48. "What difference does it make if she is gay or straight?" Jan, that's exactly the point.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:41pm
  49. I agree with Jan, it shouldnt matter if she is gay or straight, so it shouldnt be used to describe her medal win! She didnt win because shes a lesbian, she won because she is a good athlete!

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:22pm
  50. Are you sure that’s the only time she ‘went down’ all day? He he congratulations!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:13pm
  51. Interesting headline, given what’s happening in Sochi.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:16pm
  52. Congratulations

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:17pm
  53. Congratulations. <3

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:19pm
  54. Wow. Cool.

    “3rd straight winter Olympics” refers to the fact that this is the third in a row she’s won.

    But let’s get twisted over one word. By all means.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:22pm
  55. who cares really, lol.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:22pm
  56. We care because,The more Gay and Lesbian Athletes that win medals,the Bigger the stand...And the more it is put in that homophobe A-hole Putin's face.......

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:14pm
  57. YES, Patty! Exactly!

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:19pm
  58. I'm pro-homo, but doing it over the back of athletes is just wrong, that's not where these games are ment for :o

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:20pm
  59. Congrats! Loud and proud!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:25pm
  60. Smoke that Putt tun!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:28pm
  61. This is how you make a statement! All these other protests and boycotts do nothing but divide nations.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:28pm
  62. This is fucking Awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:30pm
  63. Nice, and we love Ireen, but she’s currently with a guy

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:32pm
  64. I believe you meant to say “third consecutive.” ;-)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:33pm
  65. I don’t care who or what they are and I don’t judge anyone. I have friends straight and gay and I love them all dearly…

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:34pm
  66. strong & beautiful!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:34pm
  67. Whether she’s with a man or a woman she’s bi, making her a queer athlete.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:37pm
  68. Ok! Poot in!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:39pm
  69. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:40pm
  70. Very proud! She is Bi btw :)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:44pm
  71. Hehehe, 3rd “straight”

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:44pm
  72. I think some people are reading this wrong “3rd strait winter olympics” has nothing to gay or Strait. I think this is the 3rd winter games she won gold in

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:58pm
  73. Suck it, Soviet fucktards!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:59pm
  74. You go girl!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:04pm
  75. Well said, Esther Huisman! :-) I was about to say something similar when I saw your comment. So thanks for saving me the time and…GO IRENE and all other Dutch Olympians!!! #OS2014 #NOH8

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:12pm
  76. e alla faccia di quel disgraziato di Putin

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:18pm
  77. …congrats, Irene…

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:23pm
  78. No matter what, she’s a human and mostly a winner.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:31pm
  79. Ohhhhhhh Maaaaaan That’s Great News! Gays Forever And Ever Ever!!!! I’M Veeeeeeeeery Happy! Go Gays GOOOOOOOO!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:34pm
  80. Yay ‘merica!! We won something.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:34pm
  81. 3rd consecutive….not straight!!! ;)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:42pm
  82. Amazing!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:47pm
  83. YEEEEEEEEEEEEES! That’s one to the gays!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:14pm
  84. I think us gays are getting more coverage because of the anti gay laws of Russia. Their laws are making her sexual orientation news worthy.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:15pm
  85. So why are persecuted Christians in Iran, N. Korea and the like not “news worthy”

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:16pm
  86. Their laws are highly anti Christian

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:17pm
  87. I wonder what Putin is thinking lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:18pm
  88. Eat it, Putin! (Or not, depending on the preference you were born with.)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:21pm
  89. Because a christian iranian didn’t just win three times gold? Just a guess.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:21pm
  90. You go girl!!!!’we are proud of you

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:31pm
  91. Third ‘straight’…Bahahah I love the irony

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:39pm
  92. 3rd straight – means 3rd in a row, like 1-2-3 points on a line nothinnv to do with sexual reference.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:43pm
  93. gary that’s so dumb it defies an answer

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:44pm
  94. GO IRENE !! USA GOLD !!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:45pm
  95. Good. Bi or gay, makes no diff.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:51pm
  96. I’m nervous for our people there. I love Russia, but I mean realistically almost all of our male figure skaters are targets of this hate.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:53pm
  97. AWESOME Congratulations…<3

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:02pm
  98. Congrats!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:13pm
  99. Jennifer Malvido

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:18pm
  100. Go Girl well done

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:18pm
  101. Suck it, Putin!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:21pm
  102. Lol, “3rd straight”

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:30pm
  103. Well done my friend

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:32pm
  104. I see what you did there lol 3rd str8 Olympics lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:34pm
  105. I would like to see all athletes, coaches and administrators, in all teams, wear a rainbow wristband, regardless of their personal sexuality. Solidarity! Let them try and arrest everyone, then we can all laugh as they try and sort out who is gay and who is not! We should all wear the wristband in mutual support.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:43pm
  106. I see what you did there

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:50pm
  107. GAY TAKES GOLD FOR 3 STRAIGHT GAMES!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:50pm
  108. Good stuff! And what does ol’ Vlad have to say about that!?

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:51pm
  109. Who cares? The entire official US delegation, led by Brian Boitano, is gay. I think it's pretty clear where the rest of the world stands on this.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:54pm
  110. CONGRATS TO YOU

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:53pm
  111. ITS AWESOME YES BUT THIS WHOLE THING IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. OLYMPICS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR ALL COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE. A TIME WHERE WE ALL COME TOGETHER TO ENJOY SPORTS

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:53pm
  112. The difference is.. that some people do see us as a problem .And therefore feel they have the right to in force there belief others.That is what encourages unsafe enviroment’s for us. when no one even thinks to one way or another, that’s when it won’t matter.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:59pm
  113. The best slap in Putin’s face would be if every gay athlete, entered in whatever event, won gold.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:59pm
  114. YES!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:02pm
  115. If I were an athlete I would spur a campaign for All of out Sochi athletes to proclaim they are gay,

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:03pm
  116. AWESOME….

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:12pm
  117. what the hell does her sex life have to do with anything????? Does it help you win???? WTF????

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:20pm
  118. Even the Olympics is getting F’ed up and stupid!! ” I am gay, I win” “I am black, I can run faster” “I am stronger, I can beat you up” duhhhh

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:23pm
  119. wahoo

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:27pm
  120. wahoo

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:27pm