15 online world golds… and Olympic champion on ice

Standing out at the highest level in a sport is already a chimera for most human beings. Doing it in two is a privilege that only the great elect have access to. Bart Swings (Leuven, 31 years old) is fifteen times world champion and has 28 total medals… and is now also an Olympic champion in ice speed skating. The Belgian with wings, a name that plays with his surname, has achieved an incredible and historic feat at the Beijing Games by taking gold in the group start.

First individual Olympic success for Belgium in the 24 editions of the Winter Games and second gold, 74 years later, after that achieved by the figure skating couple Lannoy and Baugniet in Sankt Moritz 1948. The also two-time European champion of the ice event, with two world bronzes and a silver in Pyeongchang 2018 ands degree in mechanics and electronic engineering and a myth of inline skating with even an international skate line that bears his name.


The Dutch Irene Schouten also made history by winning her third gold in these Games in the group start after already achieved in 3,000 and 5,000 meters. She becomes the first athlete with three Olympic gold medals in speed skating in the same edition of the Winter Games since Johann Olav Koss in 1994 and the first woman since Yvonne van Gennip in 1988.

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