Dutch Lesbian Speedskater Ireen Wüst Wins GOLD in Vancover

Four years ago, one of the few openly gay out athletes, lesbian Dutch speedskater Ireen Wüst won gold for the 3,000-meter race in Turin. Today, she repeated history

“Pulling all the pieces together, “I’m so proud and happy,” she says of winning gold for the 1,500 meter race this time around (she won bronze in the event in 2006). “I can’t describe how happy I am. I don’t have words for it. I think I’m the happiest person on Earth right now.”

Those are the words of the athlete who was worried talk about her sexuality was overtaking the reason she is in Vancouver: to win. And even we could feel the tears brewing on the medal podium as she received the gold medal around her neck.

Congrats Ireen!

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4 thoughts on “Dutch Lesbian Speedskater Ireen Wüst Wins GOLD in Vancover”

  1. It's amazing that you praise this out athlete, but you give so much slack to Weir, who refuses to come out and still wants to play the gay card and blame his lack of success on homophobia.

  2. I gave slack to Weir because he was unfairly judged on his artistic merit mostly because of his fkamboyance and percieved sexual orientation not because of his public stand on his sexuality.

    Two totally different animals.

  3. Okay then. How about a judgment on his closeted nature. What does that say to young gay kids? Are you cool with Johnny refusing to say if he's gay?

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