Dutch skater Yvonne Van Gennip’s coach had good reason to jump up and down on the ice of the speed skating oval at the University of Calgary on 23 February 1988.
His protégée, coming back from a foot operation just three months before the XV Olympic Winter Games, had just smashed the world 3,000m record by 4.82 seconds, winning her first gold medal in Canada. And she didn’t stop there, going on to win the 1,500m and the 5,000m to become the most successful female athlete at these Games and write her name in the annals of Dutch sport.
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