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One of the most intriguing Dutch speedskaters at Sochi, Ter Mors won two golds, setting an Olympic record in the 1,500-meter race. Her second gold came in team pursuit.
Ter Mors brought multitasking to Olympic proportion, racing not only on the big oval, but as a short-track speedskater as well.
Trying to make Olympic history by medaling in both, Ter Mors came within one spot of doing so, finishing fourth in the 3,000-meter relay in short track.
A short-track devotee, she began her long-track career only last year.
“It is bizarre that I can do this," she told The Associated Press (via The Washington Post).
Logistics helped. The two ovals were located in adjacent buildings, inside the Iceberg Skating Palace and Adler Arena. That meant Ter Mors could walk between the two when her schedule was tight.
And yes, speedskating is speedskating, but the sports are dissimilar and take different gear. Short track is pack-style racing on a hockey rink, described by some as “NASCAR on ice.” Long track is raced in pairs, against the clock on a huge oval with long straightaways.
Don't be surprised if she's back in four years to try and make that history again.