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Wust: from crisis to most-medaled at Sochi Games
Ireen Wust is most medaled athlete from the Sochi Games; calls it unthinkable 4 years ago
By RAF CASERT
Associated Press
2014-02-23 03:22 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Ireen Wust leaves the Sochi Games with the most medals of any Olympic athlete.

It's an astonishing haul for a skater who was down and almost out four years ago.

Wracked by overtraining, insecurity and signs of burnout, Wust seemed destined to fade away with a tag of unfulfilled potential when she headed into the 2010 Vancouver Games.

There, an unexpected gold in the 1,500 meters turned her career around. Physically and mentally, it was the spark that ignited her into a five-medal phenomenon at the Adler Arena.

She capped her brilliant performance by leading the Dutch team to pursuit gold on Saturday, after she already won the 3,000 and added silver in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000.

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