"It took us three Olympic games, but we finally we have it," Kramer said. "I am leaving with two golds and one silver. There are a lot of people who leave with a lot less."
Not even a bit of discord within the team could detail the Dutch. Jorrit Bergsma, who upset Kramer to win the 10,000-meter gold and was an alternate for the pursuit, boycotted the second day of the event because the team decided not to use him in any of the three rounds. Therefore, he did not win a medal.
The Dutch used all four of their available female skaters. Lotte van Beek, who raced with Wust and Ter Mors in the quarterfinals Friday, joined her teammates on the medal podium.
At the last two Olympics, the women were beaten in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Germany. The Dutch didn't have to worry about the two-time gold medalists this time — Germany didn't even qualify for the pursuit — and they cruised to three dominating victories by an average of 7.62 seconds, taking the Olympic record lower each time.
Poland assured itself of another medal in the women's event by beating Russia in the semifinals. But there was no stopping the Dutch, so silver was really the best anyone could do. The bronze went to Russia, which defeated Japan in the third-place race, pumping up the home crowd in really the only dramatic moment of the day.
Other than that, it was a Dutch party all the way.
During the last of the victory ceremonies, a most appropriate tune blared from the speakers at Adler Arena, belted out by Tina Turner.
"Simply the best. Better than all the rest."
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