Another Dutch speed skater won’t defend Olympic title

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The Netherlands won six of the 10 individual speed skating events in Sochi. Half of those gold medalists won’t defend their titles in PyeongChang.

Jorien ter Mors, who won the 1500m in Sochi and at the 2016 Worlds, was fifth in that event at the Dutch Olympic Trials on Friday.

Ter Mors, who doubles in short track, made the Olympic team earlier this week by winning the 1000m, but she won’t be skating the 1500m in February.

Ireen WuestLotte van Beek and Marrit Leenstra took the Olympic 1500m spots on Friday.

Wuest, van Beek and Leenstra finished second, third and fourth in the Sochi Olympic 1500m behind Ter Mors in an extraordinary display of Dutch skating dominance.

For PyeongChang, a nation can’t enter more than three skaters per individual event.

Other Dutch gold medalists from Sochi who won’t defend their Olympic titles are Stefan Groothuis, the 1000m champ who retired last year, and Michel Mulder, who was sixth in the 500m at trials.

The Dutch Olympic team should still be strong. It won eight of 14 events at last season’s world championships at the PyeongChang Olympic venue.

American Heather Bergsma edged Wuest in the 1500m at worlds by .11, but Japan’s Miho Takagi won all four World Cup 1500m races this fall.

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