LGBTQ+ athlete makes history as first person to win gold at 5 Olympic Games

LGBTQ+ athlete makes history as first person to win gold at 5 Olympic Games
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Dutch athlete Ireen Wüst has made history becoming the first Olympian to win gold at FIVE Olympics, and she’s one of only 30 out LGBTQ+ athletes at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

 

The 35-year-old identifies as bisexual and her win makes her the first athlete to win gold at five different Olympic games competing individually.

 

She started her record breaking run with her first gold in 2006 at the games in Turin where she competed in the 3,000 meters. She then won gold in Vancouver in 2010, in Sochi in 2014, and in Pyeongchang in 2018.

 

This summer she hopes to marry her girlfriend Letitia de Jong who is also a speed skater and took to Instagram to praise her partner’s achievement. Wüst told the New York Times that this would be her last Olympics, saying: “I always say age is just a number but I’m 35, and I really want to have children, so at some point you have to quit.”

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