The Netherlands' speed skater Ireen Wüst, who is open about being bisexual, won first place Sunday in the 3,000-meter competition in Sochi bringing home the gold medal. Ireen is one of several LGBT Olympians competing in Sochi. BuzzFeed reported:
Wüst finished in just 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds — just ahead of Martina Sablikova, the defending champ. Sablikova took silver after stopping the timer at 4 minutes, 1.95 seconds, while Russia’s Olga Graf won the bronze medal, finishing in 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds. Graf’s medal is the first in the games for Russia, the host nation.
Wüst, 27, won her first gold medal at the age of 19 in the same event during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, becoming the youngest Dutch Winter Olympic champion. In 2010, she won gold in the the women’s 1,500-meter race in Vancouver, Canada.
Ireen's joy over her victory was made clear in a tweet she posted:
— Ireen Wüst (@Ireenw) February 9, 2014
GLAAD congratulates Olympic Gold Medalist Irene Wüst on her amazing accomplishment. She is a great example of the LGBT community and the incredible contributions it brings around the world.
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