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New world champion Netherlands Koen Verweij takes a lap of honor after the men's 10.000-meter race during the World Championship allround speedskating at Thialf skating arena in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Netherlands
The country's top skaters are members of different teams but four of the most prominent team sponsors TVM (insurance), BAM (construction) Activia (yoghurt) and Liga (biscuits) are leaving the sport. Skating is a special sport to sponsor because you
With a record breaking 22 medals, the 2014 Winter Games represent the country's most triumphant Olympics ever and most of their golds were in ice-skating. The secret lies here at the Thialf stadium in Heerenveen, where the Olympians do their training.
Czech skater Martina Sablikova downed the Dutch by successfully defending the women's 5000 metres speed skating title at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday (local time). Sablikova clocked six minutes 51.54 seconds for her 12-and-a-half laps to edge
Feb 18, 2014 Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, center, shows off her gold medal at the Women's 3,000-meter speedskating event at the Sochi Games...With three medals in these games, including a gold, skater Ireen Wust leads the roster not just of gay
Video AP Photo Video In some ways Nesbitt's troubles are reminiscent of Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen's battle in Vancouver. After winning a record five medals on the long-track at the 2006 Turin Olympics, Klassen struggled regain her form
The Dutch go into the second half of their Olympic speedskating program riding an orange cloud. The Netherlands already has exceeded its biggest expectations with a medal haul of 12 with six of 12 events gone. The Dutch seem bound to break the record
Look at the season, and the United States should have a lock on the women's speedskating 1,000 meters...Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are close friends and they want to be just as close on Thursday's medal stand. Say, one in the middle and the
Wust, who won gold in the 3,000m earlier in the day, left the podium to shake Putin's hand and was given a hug, Dutch media report. Putin also managed a few words in English as he was leaving, saying the Dutch were good people and had good results.
Reuters Ireen Wust took the gold medal in the women's 3,000 metre speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, reclaiming the title she first won in Turin in 2006. Wust completed the distance in 4.00.34 to take the title, beating her