Ireen Wüst after her recent 3,000 meters gold medal win at the Sochi Games
Controversial bisexual Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
She was slammed by LGBT rights groups last week for happily hugging homophobic Russian President Vladimir Putin after she won a gold medal in the women’s 3,000 meters earlier this month.
She went on to win silvers in the 1000m, 1500m and then the 5000m event on Wednesday, bringing her total medal tally to four.
Wüst’s cuddle with Putin at a victory party in her honour was not well received by America’s Queer Nation which has campaigned against the Winter Olympics being held in Russia due to the country’s anti-homosexuality laws.
“By embracing Vladimir Putin, a man who has trampled on the human rights of LGBT Russians, political dissidents, artists, undocumented immigrants, and others in Russia, Wüst has endorsed his fascist agenda,” said the group.
Wüst came out in 2009 when she revealed that she was bisexual and had a girlfriend, fellow speed skater Sanne van Kerkhof, but has avoided discussing her sexuality since. She reportedly later broke up with van Kerkhof and went into a relationship with a man.
According to Outsports, there are only seven openly-LGBT Winter Olympians in Sochi, all of whom are women.
In addition to Wüst, Austrian ski-jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz is the only other of these athletes to win a medal in Sochi so far. The 30-year-old athlete, who is married to a woman, took home the silver medal in the women’s ski jump last week.