clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ireen Wust ends historic Winter Olympics as Dutch flag bearer

Wuest is the most decorated speed skater, and out LGBTQ Olympian, of all time.

Olympics: Medals Ceremony
Ireen Wust has won 11 Olympic medals.
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ireen Wuest had quite a Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The speed skater from the Netherlands won a gold medal and two silvers in these Games, setting records along the way.

Now she has been selected by her Dutch teammates to carry the flag for the Netherlands in the Olympics Closing Ceremony. She shared her joy on Instagram:

It’s quite an honor for the out Olympian, given the incredible success of the Dutch Olympic team, which will finish fifth in the medal count despite a population of only 17 million people.

During these Games, Wust earned several distinctions with her medal-winning performance.

She’s now the most-decorated speed skater in Olympic history.

She’s the most-decorated out LGBTQ Olympian ever, whether that athlete came out before or after their Olympic performance.

She’s the most-decorated Olympian from the Netherlands.

It’s no wonder her team selected her to carry the flag for her country in what could be her final Olympics.