Mark Tuitert became the first Dutchman after Ard Schenk in 1972 to win Olympic Gold in the 1500m, the blue ribbon race of speed skating. Shani Davis (USA) won silver after gold in the 1000m. Davis also got a silver medal in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Behind him, Håvard Bøkko (NOR) won bronze.
Christine Nesbitt from Canada has become the second speed skating lady to win a home Olympic gold. She won the 1000m in 1:16.56, with a margin of 0.02 of a second on the silver won by Annette Gerritsen (NED). In third place finished Gerritsen’s teammate Laurine van Riessen.
22-year-old Martina Sáblíková (CZE) won the 3000m ladies Olympic Speed Skating at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday. It was the first Olympic medal in Speed Skating in history for the Czech Republic. Stephanie Beckert (GER) (21) took silver beating her Canadian pair mate Kristina Groves (33) who won the Olympic bronze.
Dutchman Sven Kramer won the first speed skating gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in the 5000m Men's event. Long track debutant Seung-Hoon Lee (KOR) took the silver and Ivan Skobrev (RUS) won Olympic bronze at the Richmond Oval on Saturday.