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Ireen Wüst Just Became 1st Olympian to Win Gold at 5 Olympic Games

Ireen Wust wins gold at 2022 Beijing Olympics

The speed skater has six Olympic gold medals total.

Out LGBTQ+ athletes at the 2022 Beijing Olympics have their first gold medal.

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust was victorious in the Women's 1,500-meter speed skating competition on Monday. The bisexual athlete won gold for Team Netherlands, beating out Team Japan's Miho Takagi, who won silver, and Team Netherlands' Antoinette de Jong, who won bronze.

Wust's win is history-making as she is the first athlete to win gold at five different Olympic games competing individually. She started with her first gold in 2006 at the games in Turin. For that medal, she competed in the 3,000 meters. She then won gold in Vancouver in 2010, in Sochi in 2014, and in Pyeongchang in 2018.

In Beijing, she set an Olympic record of 1 minute and 23.58 seconds. She is also the oldest speed skating gold medalist ever at 35. This set of games is set to be her last.

In her career, Wust has won six gold medals and 12 medals overall. She could medal again as she will compete in the 1,000 meter race.

According to The New York Times, Wust confirmed she will retire after the Olympics. This summer she hopes to marry her girlfriend Letitia de Jong. De Jong is also a speed skater and posted Wust's win to Instagram.

"I always say age is just a number," she told the Times. "But I'm 35, and I really want to have children, so at some point you have to quit."

Wust is one of more than 30 LGBTQ+ atheletes competing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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