Leerdam had ridden 37.34 in the seventh stage against China’s Jingzhou Jin, at the time the third fastest. She was only kicked off the podium in the final stages. After that, she was not completely satisfied with the result.
I could have been more difficult
“I could have been more difficult after that,” Leerdam admitted. “I’m a bit disappointed now that I didn’t get the bronze.” “But the level is very high here.”
The Dutch Olympic 1000m medalist was still satisfied with her opening (10.5) and her full spin (26.7). “I crossed the finish line almost as fast as I could. Of course I look at that too, because that’s all about me in the 1000 metres. But I’m also happy because in the 500 metres I’m really close. The speed and that promises a nice thing for the 1000 metres.”
Vimke Kwok, the Netherlands’ best medal hope, came after two stages against Canadian Brooklyn McDougall to 37.40. She eventually finished sixth. Michel de Jong came in thirteenth place with 37.97 points.
A Dutch medal was not previously credited at this distance, I only wished. Both Leerdam and Cook had hoped to contend for medals if they led a perfect race.
The women’s 500m is historically the shortest distance in the Netherlands. Margot Boyer remains the only Dutch snowboarder ever to win a medal in the 500m at the Olympics. She won a bronze medal at the Sochi Games in 2014.
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