Dream tournament for Joy Beune and Irene Schouten at the World Championships in Calgary: ‘You can call this a breakthrough, yes’

With three gold medals at the World Championship distances, Irene Schouten was in a special position. A fourth world title would have made her tournament unique, but Joy Beune provided a huge surprise in the 5000 meters. The 24-year-old skater from Borne won her second world title. “You can call this a breakthrough, yes.”