Olympic crush: Dutch speed skater Suzanne Schulting

Of the seven gold medals Holland has garnered for speed skating at these Olympics, Suzanne Schulting’s triumph in the 1,000 meter may be the most significant. The Netherlands dominate long track speed skating in a way that few other nations dominate any other sport. But until Schulting topped the podium on Thursday, the Dutch had never won a gold medal in short track speed skating.

The 20-year-old Groningen native comes from a sporting family (her father was a soccer player) and has been speed skating since the age of eight. The PyeongChang Games are the first time she’s competed at Olympic level and in addition to her historic gold in the 1,000 meter, she also won a bronze medal in the 3,000 meter relay earlier in the Games.

<p>Suzanne Schulting of Netherlands with the bronze medal celebrate after the Ladies 1000 meters finals race during day two of ISU World Short Track Championships at Rotterdam Ahoy Arena on March 12, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – ISU/ISU via Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Suzanne Schulting of Netherlands with the bronze medal celebrate after the Ladies 1000 meters finals race during day two of ISU World Short Track Championships at Rotterdam Ahoy Arena on March 12, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – ISU/ISU via Getty Images)

<p>Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands celebrates winning gold in the Ladies’ 1,000m Short Track Speed Skating Final A on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands celebrates winning gold in the Ladies’ 1,000m Short Track Speed Skating Final A on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

<p>Speed skater Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands poses for a portrait ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Olympic Village on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Speed skater Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands poses for a portrait ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Olympic Village on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

<p>Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands competes during theLadies Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands competes during theLadies Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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<p>Netherlands’ Suzanne Schulting celebrates her gold win at the podium in the women’s 1,000m short track speed skating venue ceremony during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Netherlands’ Suzanne Schulting celebrates her gold win at the podium in the women’s 1,000m short track speed skating venue ceremony during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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<p>Third placed Suzanne Schulting of the Netherland poses during the medal ceremony of the women’s 1500m final at the ISU World Cup Short Track speed skating event in Shanghai December 10, 2016. / AFP / Johannes EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

Third placed Suzanne Schulting of the Netherland poses during the medal ceremony of the women’s 1500m final at the ISU World Cup Short Track speed skating event in Shanghai December 10, 2016. / AFP / Johannes EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Olympic crush: Suzanne Schulting

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