Sochi 2014: Jorien Ter Mers Leads Netherlands Sweep in 1500m, Sets Olympic Record

Sochi 2014: Jorien Ter Mers Leads Netherlands Sweep in 1500m, Sets Olympic Record

The Netherlands once again sweep a speed skating event. This time the women won the 1500m and gold medalist Jorien Ter Mors set an Olympic record with her time.

Ter Mors skated 1:53.51, which is the new record and the second-fastest ever at sea level. Her teammate Ireen Wust set the sea level record at the Olympic trials and was the favorite, but earned the silver with the time 1:54.09. Lotte van Beek earned the bronze and timed at 1:54.54.

Speed skating is dominated by The Netherlands. They have won 16 medals at the 2014 Winter Games, which is a new record. The previous record belonged to East Germany when they won 13 at the 1988 Calgary games. This is the third sweep in speed skating and they have won five gold medals out of eight.

Once again the Americans did not do well at well. In all of the speed skating events, the US has not placed higher than seventh. In the 1500m, Heather Richardson reached seventh while Brittany Bowe was 14th and Jilleanne Rookard was 18th.

Next up for Ter Mores is the 1000m short track on Tuesday and she hopes to become the first skater to medal in both. Her coach said she prefers the short track, which is similar to roller derby. She placed fourth in the 1500m short track.


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