On Feb. 7, Dutch speed skater Ireen Wusta member of the LGBTQ+ communitymade Olympics history as the first athlete to claim individual gold medals at five consecutive games, PinkNews reported.
The 35-year-old was already the most decorated speed skater in Winter Olympics history after she won gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. NBC Sports noted that Wust is the oldest speed skater to win Olympic gold.
This year, in a nail-bitingly close 1,500-meter race, Wust's winning time of 1:53.28 set a new Olympic record, NPR noted. It was just enough to edge Japan's Miho Takagithe world-record holder in the eventwho finished in 1:53.72.
She told The New York Times that she plans to marry her fiancee, Letitia de Jong, this summer. Wust said she is also looking forward to exploring her life outside the competitive world of elite speed skating.