Monday, March 01, 2010

Winter Olympics closed

Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010 Wow, what a two weeks we had! I really need to kick the habit. I especially followed the speedskating, which was mostly at an unearthly time for me. Perhaps it's not the wisest thing to go to bed around 2-3AM and later almost every day when you're chronicly fatigued, but it was worth it.
The Netherlands didn't do bad; we are 10th in the medal count:

  • GOLD Nicolien Sauerbreij - Snowboard - Ladies' Parallel Giant Slalom
  • GOLD Ireen Wust - Speed Skating - Ladies' 1500 m
  • GOLD Mark Tuitert - Speed Skating - Men's 1500 m
  • GOLD Sven Kramer - Speed Skating - Men's 5000 m
  • SILVER Annette Gerritsen - Speed Skating - Ladies' 1000 m
  • BRONZE Bob de Jong - Speed Skating - Men's 10000 m
  • BRONZE Laurine van Riessen - Speed Skating - Ladies' 1000 m
  • BRONZE Speed Skating - Men's Team Pursuit
The Dutch men's bobsleigh turned out to be a disappointment; the 4-men sleigh didn't even start. The 10000 m men's speedskating should have been gold for Sven Kramer, but the much-discussed wrong lane-switch caused a disqualification. He didn't take his revenge on the Men's Team Pursuit. Bad communication cost the men the final. Although they are the best by far (note the olympic record in the bronze final), they failed to prove it.

Nevertheless there was a lot to cheer about and party in the Holland Heineken House, where all the medallists were honoured. The double gold on the 1500m (men and ladies) was a surprise. The gold by snowboarder Nicolien Sauerbreij was the onehundredth gold medal for The Netherlands in olympic history. The first one was for the men's sailing in Antwerp 1920. :-)

I know I have neglected blogging during the olympics. I'll post about some "old" things in the coming days.


  1. I got caught up in the Olympic frenzy too. Winter Olympics are my favorite, but like you I often regretted having to stay up so late to watch (although it wasn't quite as late at you). Congrats to you country on good games!

  2. i love watching the olympics, winter and summer. that disqualification was very disappointing. i felt really bad for the athlete and the coach.


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