BEIJING (AP) — Claudia Pechstein and Sven Kramer put their Olympic careers on ice in the final speedskating event in Beijing. Two of the sport’s greatest names own a combined 18 Olympic medals.
Neither won another at these Games, although they both made the final of the mass start.
BEIJING (AP) — Irene Schouten already had a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, so she was nice and relaxed for her next race.
No one else had a chance.
The Dutch speedskater completed a sweep of the women’s distance events, setting another Olympic record Thursday with a victory in the 5,000 meters.
BEIJING (AP) — There was no medal sweep for the Dutch in the first speedskating event of the Beijing Olympics.
Irene Schouten made sure they kept the top spot on the podium.
Shaking off the pressure of being the heavy favorite, Schouten broke a 20-year-old Olympic record to win the women's 3,000 meters Saturday.