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Ireen Wüst

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED20104198601
NOCNetherlands
Born01 Apr 1986 in  Goirle
GenderWomen
FamilyPartner Letitia de Jong
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.44 09 Feb 2007 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:13.33 17 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:52.08 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 3:58.01 12 Feb 2011 Calgary  
    5000m 6:54.28 19 Feb 2014 Sochi  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m   1    
    1500m 2 1 1  
    3000m 2 1    
    5000m   1    
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1 1    
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround 6 4 2  
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1 2    
    1500m 3 4    
    3000m 3 2 1  
    5000m   1    
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 5 4    
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    Allround 5 4 2  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/Ireenw  
www.facebook.com/wustireen  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTalentNED: Netherlands  
Name of coachPeter Kolder [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in 1998 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe followed her father into the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer family. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesMusic. (Facebook page, 07 Oct 2017)  
AmbitionsTo set a world record in the 1500m. (schaatsen.nl, 01 Oct 2018)  
Famous relativesHer partner Letitia de Jong has represented the Netherlands in speed skating, and won gold in the small combination at the 2018 National Sprint Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Nov 2018; telegraaf.nl, 03 Mar 2018)  
NicknamesGI Ireen, Leen, Pipo, Wuust (ireenwust.nl, 25 May 2005)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Live life to the max." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Awards and honoursShe was flag bearer for the Netherlands at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 25 Feb 2018)

She was voted the 2006 Dutch Sportswoman of the Year. (nu.nl, 16 Mar 2011; wereldomroep.nl, 22 Dec 2006)

An ice rink has been named after her in the town of Tilburg, Netherlands. (Facebook page, 01 Mar 2016)

She has been named Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. (Facebook page, 07 Oct 2017)
 
Other informationTHRYOID TREATMENT
She has used thyroid hormones since October 2014 when she was diagnosed as a thyroid patient. Thyroid medications are not on the banned substance list, but may not be prescribed without medical necessity. "I am very much in favour of [thyroid hormones] being on the doping list. If you use something you do not need, you should stay away from it. I am angry that there have been people who have used it on non-medical grounds and therefore put it in a negative light for the people who suffer from something." (leidschdagblad.nl, 21 Sep 2018; nos.nl, 21 Sep 2018)

HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Her gold medal in the 1500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang meant that she became the first athlete in any sport, female or male, to win at least one individual gold at four editions of the Olympic Winter Games. Her gold medal in the 1500m in Pyeongchang also made her the first athlete from the Netherlands to win five Olympic titles at either the summer or winter editions of the Games. At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin she became the youngest Dutch athlete from any sport to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games by triumphing in the 3000m at age 19 years and 317 days. (OIS, 13 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2018)

INSPIRATION
She was the inspiration for a children's book called 'Marieke Martino, the granddaughter of King Stracciatella', which was published in 2010. (infonu.nl, 31 Mar 2011; ijsclubtilburg.nl, 07 Jul 2008)
 
InjuriesAn abdominal nerve injury and a problem with her left leg affected her in late 2017 and early 2018. (schaatsen.nl, 01 Oct 2018)

A concussion meant she missed the first four World Cup events of the 2015/16 season. (isu.org, 07 Jan 2016)

Her preparation for the 2010/11 season was disrupted by an operation to remove a benign tumour on her ovaries in September 2010. (infonu.nl, 31 Mar 2011)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a total of five gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018, and claiming her first title in the small combination at the 2007 World Allround Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround1  
    2007/2008 European Championships Allround1  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 5000m1  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 5000m1  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround1  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    2006 Olympic Games 3000m1  
    2014/2015 European Championships Allround1  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 500m1  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround1  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m1  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2006/2007 European Championships Allround2  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround2  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m2  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m2  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2009/2010 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2010/2011 European Championships Allround2  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2009/2010 European Championships Allround2  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m2  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2005/2006 European Championships Allround3  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2006 Olympic Games 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 3000m3  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround3  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2004/2005 European Championships Allround4  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships Allround4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2010 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps6  
    2007/2008 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2008/2009 European Championships Allround6  
    2006 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps6  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2010 Olympic Games 3000m7  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m8  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m9  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall1  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin Qualification Combination Allround1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Inzell 3000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Inzell 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 3000m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 3000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 3000m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 3000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 3000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 3000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 1000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Erfurt 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 3000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 1000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Hamar 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall3  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 3000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar 3000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1000m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m4  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m5  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m5  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m6  
    2006/2007 World Cup 3000/5000m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m6  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m6  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m6  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m7  
    2007/2008 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m7  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m8  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m9  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m9  
    2009/2010 World Cup 3000/5000m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall11  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m12  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m12  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m12  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m16  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall18  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m19  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m20  
    2005/2006 World Cup 3000/5000m25  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m28  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m29  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m36  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m42