Oranje crush: Dutch speed skaters surpassing … everyone

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Jorritt Bergsma wins the men’s 10,000 meters. (Photo credit: AP)

The Dutch have been a speed skating powerhouse for years. But they’ve raised their game at Sochi.

A sweep of the men’s 10,000 meters on Tuesday (its fourth sweep in Sochi) gave the Netherlands its 20th medal of these Olympics — and 19th in speed skating. If it sounds like a ridiculous amount, well, that’s because it is.

That stat didn’t make it through all of Day 11 thanks to a U.S. gold medal by David Wise in freestyle skiing halfpipe, but the overall point remains. The Dutch are crushing it on the ice. (That 20th medal is in short track, so one could say they still have as many medals on ice skates as any other country has won overall.)

And they’re not done yet.

Those remaining three events — the women’s 5,000 meters and the team pursuit relays for women and men — give the Dutch a great chance for at least two more medals. Until the now, the most dominant any country had been in one event at a single Games was Austria skiing in 2006.

As you’d expect, this kind of dominance has others just shaking their heads, and occasionally sick to their stomach. Though, Sven Kramer might feeling the same way.

Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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