The Netherlands swept the medals in the men's 500 meter long track speedskating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 10, bringing the nation's discipline medal total to seven over just three races. American super star Shani Davis, who looks to make history by becoming the first U.S. man to win the same title in three consecutive Olympic Games, made his Sochi debut by finishing 24th in his weakest event.
Michel Mulder bested countryman Jan Smeekins for the gold by a razor thin margin of .01, while Ronald Mulder claimed the bronze. The Dutch have claimed all six men's speedskating medals awarded to date at the Sochi Games, with Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma, the fiance of American speedskating star Heather Richardson, taking gold, silver and bronze in the Feb. 8 5,000 meter final.
On the women's side, the Dutch own one of the three medals awarded so far, as Irene Wust claimed gold in the Feb. 9 3,000 meter final. The silver and bronze medals went to Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Russia's Olga Graf.
Long track speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will resume Feb. 11 with the women's 500 meters, featuring Americans Richardson, Sugar Todd, Brittany Bowe, and Lauren Cholewinski. Davis will look for a three-peat in the men's 1,000 meter event on Feb. 12.