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Ireen WŘst

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 1:12.64 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:50.70 10 Mar 2019 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 1 1    
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround 7 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 5 4    
    3000m 3 2 1  
    5000m   1    
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 6 6    
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
European Allround Championships
Event  
European Allround Championships
    Allround 5 4 2  
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    1500m 1      
    Team Pursuit 1      
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/Ireenw  
www.facebook.com/wustireen  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED; Jan Coopmans [national], 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 after watching him compete in the 1997 Elfstedentocht [11 Cities Tour] in the Netherlands. "My father participated, and I was intrigued by speed skating. I begged my parents to buy me skates and that winter we skated on natural ice a lot. I just loved the atmosphere. I went to the rink in Eindhoven with my father every Sunday morning. I skated in his draft and tried to copy his technique."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer family. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesSkiing, sailing, eating at restaurants. (univemagazine.nl, 11 Dec 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (univemagazine.nl, 11 Dec 2020)  
Famous relativesHer partner Letitia de Jong has represented the Netherlands in speed skating, and won gold in the team sprint at the World Single Distances Championships in 2019 and 2020. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Dec 2020; univemagazine.nl, 11 Dec 2020)  
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 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 informationAGE ADVANTAGE
She made her debut on the World Cup circuit in 2005, and hopes to win her sixth Olympic gold medal at the 2022 Games in Beijing. "I benefit from my experience compared to 19-year-olds. There are many years of training in my body. I have a good body, I am rarely injured and recover quickly after training. Furthermore, I think you can go a long way if you have rock-solid confidence in yourself. That drive is in me. I always go for it. In my early days, I didn't feel like someone until I won. But I got to know myself better and better. Top sport is tough. If you want to continue, you have to look in the mirror and get to work with yourself. Over the years I have come to realise that I am not my achievements, I am not better when I win. As a person I have a lot more to offer than just speed skating. Here is not only Ireen the skater, but also Ireen the person." (univemagazine.nl, 11 Dec 2020; Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In October 2021 she was nominated as a candidate for the International Olympic Committee [IOC] Athletes' Commission during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing by the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. "Being an Olympian and performing at four Olympic Games, I know like no other the needs of athletes to perform at their best. As a member of the Athletes' Commission, I will do my utmost to make a real difference, to ensure that the voice of the athletes is clearly heard, and to support the next generation of athletes to achieve their Olympic dream." (Facebook profile, 19 Oct 2021; nocnsf.nl, 16 Oct 2021)

INSPIRATION
She was the inspiration for a children's book called 'Marieke Martino, the granddaughter of King Stracciatella', which was published in 2010. (sportintilburg.nl, 01 Jan 2020; infonu.nl, 31 Mar 2011; ijsclubtilburg.nl, 07 Jul 2008)
 
MilestonesHer gold medal in the 1500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang meant that she became the first athlete in any sport 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. She won three medals at the 2018 Games, taking her overall total to 11 medals, more than any other speed skating athlete. (isu.org, 02 Nov 2021; OIS, 13 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2018)

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. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2018)
 
Other sportsShe competed in road cycling at the Dutch championships in 2016, 2017, and 2018. (procyclingstats.com, 30 Jun 2020)  
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 between 2006 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  
    2019/2020 European 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  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 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  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    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  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround1  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 3000m1  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    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  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2011/2012 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  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2019/2020 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  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround2  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m2  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2009/2010 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 3000m2  
    2010/2011 European Championships Allround2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    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  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2016/2017 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  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships 3000m3  
    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 Allround3  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    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  
    2018/2019 European Allround Championships Allround4  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m5  
    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  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall1  
    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  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 3000m1  
    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  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 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  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 1000m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 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  
    2020/2021 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  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 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  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Stavanger 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin 3000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    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  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint3  
    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  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 3000m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar 3000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1000m3  
    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  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m5  
    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  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m8  
    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  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m14  
    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  
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m24  
    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  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m53