Nuis keeps Dutch speedskaters good as gold

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Olympic Oval has turned into the royal House of Orange -- and not because Dutch King Willem-Alexander is there most nights. It's all about the speedskating.

Kjeld Nuis made it four gold medals in for races for the Netherlands, a run nearly beyond belief.

"This is no longer normal," Nuis said Tuesday after winning the 1,500 meters.

Moving in a blur of orange early on with a blistering pace, Nuis swept past his toughest opponents to take home gold. In second, of course, was another Dutchman -- teammate Patrick Roest.

The Dutch have now won eight of 12 medals at the Pyeongchang Games, keeping them on the stunning medal pace set at the 2014 Sochi Games when they finished with 23 out of 36.

The 22-year-old Roest raced with the ruthless abandon of an Olympic rookie and set an early time of 1 minute, 44.86 seconds over a distance where racers either set off fast and try to hold on or pace themselves throughout.

Nuis picked the first strategy and rode it to perfection.

"I went real hard from the start not to have any regrets later," said Nuis, whose main worry near the end of the race was to stay upright as his powerful thighs started burning with pain. "In the last corner I was thinking, `Do not fall. Do not fall."

He certainly did not.


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