The Dutch, a people known for their drugs, dykes and wooden shoes have managed to win nine medals in these Olympic Games, all of them coming in Speed Skating events.
The latest win was in the 10,000m event where Bob de Jong and Carl Verheijen (I’m not making these names up) landed on the top and bottom medal list, leaving American Chad Hendrick with the silver.
Bob and Carl were surprises winners, with Hendrick, Italy's Enrico Fabris (gold in the 1500m and bronze in the 5000m), 5000m silver medalist Sven Kramer and the underperforming Norweigan team all expected compete for medals. Instead it was Bob, who finished next to last in the race in Salt Lake City in 2002, with the gold and Carl with the bronze. Bob’s time of 13 minutes 1.57 seconds was more than 4 seconds better than his personal best. Carl’s was nearly eight seconds off his pace. In case you haven’t noticed, I can’t get over the fact that these guys’ names are Bob and Carl.