Skater Wüst is happy to be ‘in the matrix’


With her third place in the 1000 meters, Ireen Wüst is not yet officially certain of qualification for the Beijing Games, but she is confident that it will be enough. “I’m there and I’m in the matrix,” said the 35-year-old skater about the selection order that determines who can go to the Games. She hopes to participate in the Olympic Games in China for the fifth time.

“It wasn’t really a good ride and I wasn’t comfortable in it. This is actually a nasty race to ride,” said the experienced skater who has already amassed five gold medals. “There were mistakes and you hear things that you normally do not hear. This race is not suitable for driving without an audience,” she said about the empty skating temple Thialf, where again no public was welcome due to the corona pandemic.

Her form is fine, thinks Wüst, who wants to focus mainly on the 1000 and 1500 meters and the team pursuit for the Games. “Tomorrow I will drive a 3000 meters. I am very open-minded at the start, because it is not the goal to place me. Then a day of rest and then the 1500 meters.”

She mainly rides the 3000 meters with a view to the team pursuit. “I can run a good 3000 meters and who knows, one crazy day I might even get in between them,” she said. “Of course I continue to find it a nice distance with my history.” Wüst became Olympic champion in the 3000 meters at her first Games in 2006 in Turin and eight years later in Sochi she again won gold.

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