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A Speed Skating Dynasty

The Dutch go crazy over speed skating. Yours truly (Leon Schram) learned to skate at age 2 and skated to school at every opportunity. Canals and rivers exist everywhere. If the weather is freezing kids skate to school and skate during recess.

It is stated that "The Dutch have the home field advantage at the Olympics in Speed Skating." This sounds odd but at the winter olympics this century frequently more Dutch fans show up at olympic speed skating events than all the other countries combined. Since 2000 the Dutch have dominated in this sport. The statistics shown below tally the total medals earned since the start of winter olympics for a total of 105 medals. The most incredible results were in 2014 at Sochi. Out of 12 speed skating events and 36 possible medals little Holland earned 23 medals. At the last skating event a reporter announced "Skating results: Holland 23, The World 13".

Dutch Soccer Mania

Holland also loves soccer. Yes they go crazy, but it is not the same as speed skating. Simply put nobody goes crazy over speedskating like the Dutch. Now soccer there are a whole bunch of countries that go absolutely wild over soccer; so Holland is not alone. Holland is sometimes called the best team that has never won the World Cup. Countries, like Germany, Spain and Brazil have made it to the finals and they have won. Holland is frequently in the Semi-Finals and the Finals, but they have never won.

In 2010 Holland went to the finals in South Africa, made it to the finals and lost to Spain by 1 point in overtime. In 2014 Holland was at the top again and defeated Brazil for 3rd place in the finals. Germany won in 2014.

The playoff brackets for 2010 and 2014 are shown below.
The last pictures shows Dutch fans in a rural village during the 2014 World Cup. You can watch the game without staying indoors in one place. In any of decent-sized towns and larger, the outdoor cafes have large televisions that can be seen as you walk the street and keep up with the game.

Information and some pictures acquired from Dutch Tourism & Information Bureau.
The majority of the pictures are taken personally by Leon Schram.