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20-Year-old Suzanne Schulting wins 1000m gold

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By: Antonio Salazar

Suzanne Schulting wins the Netherlands first-ever short track gold medal.

"I really can't believe it. It's incredible that it just happened today. I was just enjoying the final at first and I think that's why I won the gold, because I was enjoying it so much," Schulting said to the media.

Schulting finished third in the 1000m at last season’s World Championships and placed second in the 1500m World Cup standings.

The Netherlands are a long track speed skating power house, but have not had the same success in short track.

"Short track six years ago was at the bottom and now we are climbing so fast," Schulting said after the race. "You know, I think I want to inspire all those young kids to do short track as well and make short track as big as long track is in Holland."

Following Schulting on the podium were Kim Boutin and Arianna Fontana.

The silver medal is Boutin's third of the Games. The Canadian has also won in the 500m and 1500m.

"I don't know how to express that but it's just, I'm proud of myself, all the work I did with all my teammates and all my staff is just incredible. I know that I couldn't do that alone," Boutin said after the race.

Fontana’s bronze ties her with Viktor Ahn and Apolo Ohno as the most decorated short track skaters in Olympic history (8 medals each.). Fontana never imagined she'd be the most decoroated female speed skater.

"No. In Torino (Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games) I was 15. I was really young. I just wanted to go fast, be the fastest woman, and win. I loved to win. That's what I dreamed of," Fontana said after the 1000m. "I didn't think I was going to be here at these Olympics actually, because after Sochi (2014) I thought I was going to retire. I'm really happy that I didn't."

A crash left the home fans heartbroken as favorites Shim Suk-Hee and Choi Min-Jeong fell to the ice, with Shim penalized after the race.

Kim Boutin, Arianna Fontana, Shim Suk- Hee, Choi Min-Jeong, and Suzanne Schulting made up the five-skater final. Choi was the extra skater after she was advanced to the final due to a imeding penalty called against  Qu Chunyu in the semifinal. 

1500m silver medalist, Li Junyu, was eliminated in the quarterfinal round. 

Kim A-Lang was the only skater in the Final B after Qu Chunyu and Valerie Maltais were penalized.


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