Kramer enters Olympic history and Gerard begins to write

Ⓒ AFP – Javier Soriano – | The American snowboarder Redmond Gerard receives his slopestyle gold medal on February 11, 2018 at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea

The Dutchman Sven Kramer made history by becoming the first three-time Olympic speed skater in the same test, the 5,000 meters, like the American Redmond Gerard, winner of slopestyle snowboard gold, with 17 years and 222 days, which He built the second youngest winner in an individual test of the Winter Games.

But Kramer’s feat was not there, since at 31 he achieved the best time in Olympic history in this distance with 6 minutes, 9 seconds and 76 hundredths, becoming also the speed skater with more Olympic medals in history , with eight.

Kramer also placed himself as the most rewarded Dutchman in the Olympic Games, including also the summer editions, surpassing the seven podiums of the swimmer Pieter Van den Hoogenband.

The rain of records did not make him fall into euphoria.

“It’s interesting, but I’m already focused on the next distance, of course, it’s great to have three gold medals in a row at 5,000 meters and it’s good to make history, but I’m mainly looking to recover as soon as possible before the next competition.” he declared.

On the other hand, Gerard began to write his history and is only surpassed in precocious record by the Finn Toni Nieminen, Olympic champion of jumps of ski in trampoline great in 1992 in Albertville, when it counted on 16 years and 261 days.

Gerard is also the first Olympic winter champion to be born in the 2000s, on June 29, 2000 in particular.

– Precocity in the Games –

Between men and women, the American skater Tara Lipinski holds the record, with the gold of Nagano-1998, when she had 15 years and 255 days.

“I kept telling myself that I could get a fourth place or something like that, I keep saying I like fourth place, it’s my position, so I would not have the means of communication behind, you have not looked bad and you are close to the podium. But there is no doubt that there is nothing better than the first place, “said the American after the victory.

In the same path of precocity can be placed the French Perrine Laffont, 19, who won the national pulse to the natural leader of the French delegation, Martin Fourcade, king of the world biathlon for six years, to offer his country his first medal, besides gold, in Pyeongchang-2018.

“It’s crazy, I’ve dreamed about it many times, I’ve imagined it on many occasions, I’ve visualized it so much and I’ve suffered so many times, that’s why incredible sensations come to me,” said the Frenchwoman, after tame the acrobatic skiing potholes.

For his part, Fourcade disappointed, finishing in eighth position of the biathlon sprint, won by the German Arnd Peiffer.

Finally, Norwegian backers, used to mastering this discipline, once again demonstrated their supremacy in the men’s skiathlon, with a triplet of Scandinavian skiers, with the least known of them at the top of the podium, Simen Hegstad Krueger, 24 years old .

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