Ireen Wuest has been around the speed skating world for a while. Wuest has two gold medals, one from Torino and one from Vancouver. At 27, Wuest is still dominating. She put on a show at the 2012-2013 World Single Distances Championships with first place finishes in the 1500m and 3000m distances. The consistent skater also had a huge performance at the World Allround Championships in the 2012-2013 season. She won the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m distances and was named the overall Allround champion. She started off the 2013-2014 World Cup season with a gold medal in the 1500m at the World Cup Salt Lake City and won a gold medal in the same distance at the World Cup Berlin. The dominant Dutchwoman currently sits in first place in the 2014 overall World Cup standings for the 1500m and won the 2014 European Championships after winning the 500m, 1500m and 3000m skates. Wuest won gold in the 3000m and team pursuit, and silver in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m, all in Sochi.
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished first in the 3000m and team pursuit, and second in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m
- 2014 European Championships- women's overall champion
- 2013/14 World Cup Salt Lake City- gold in the 1500m
- 2013 World Allround Championships- first in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m distances and overall champion
- 2013 World Single Distance Championships- First place in the 1500m and 3000m
- 2010 Olympic Games- gold medal in 1500m
- 2006 Olympic Games- gold medal in 3000m and bronze in 1500m
Things to know:
1. Wuest speaks Dutch, English and some German.
2. Played tennis and hockey when she first tried speed skating.
3. Was the 2006 Dutch Sportswoman of the year.