Ireen Wust of Netherlands becomes first LGBT person to score gold in Sochi Games

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Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust, who is openly bisexual, struck gold on the morning of February 9 during the Olympic Games at Sochi; she scored first place in the women’s 3,000 meter competition.

Yahoo Sports is calling the Olympian “the first gay athlete to score gold in Sochi,” although Wust has publicaly stated she is bisexual. She’s still the first member of the LGBT community to jet away with the grand win. The skater is only one of seven out athletes in Sochi this year. But Wust identifies as a Dutch athlete representing the Netherlands before anything else—especially while on the world stage.

Back in 2010, the athlete told press “I want to talk about ice skating,” making it known that questions regarding her sexuality were not welcome. She added, “You are not asking (fellow Dutch speedskater) Sven Kramer about how his relationship is going. So why would you ask me? If I would’ve had a relationship with a guy, you wouldn’t have asked me either.”

During the games, Wust speed skated her way to the front of the finish line in only four minutes and 34 seconds time, according to USA Today. The speed skater beat out defending champion Martina Sablikova from the Czech Republic. Previously, the 27-year-old has also won the 3,000 meter competition in Torino in 2006 and the 1,500 meter competition in Vancouver in 2010, making this her third consecutive gold medal.

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