Dutch Sprinter Dafne Schippers says that in order to further increase her chances of finally becoming an Olympic Champion she is taking up speed skating so that she can participate in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games. Writing on her Facebook wall, the Rio 2016 silver medalist in the 200M said:
"I just want to let all my fans know that I will be taking up speed skating in the 500M and 100M events in order to increase my chances of finally becoming an Olympic Champion. That 200M loss in Rio last year really hurt my ego. In addition to which, I really can't stand it when people - especially Jamaicans who are pro-Elaine Thompson fans and African Americans troll my page and continuously accuse me of being a drug-cheat even though I have never tested positive for any performance-enhancing drugs. If I was Russian I would understand the criticism, but I am Dutch."
"It's funny, but you never hear or see a white person questioning the legitimacy of Simone Manuel's win in an Olympic Record time in the women's 100M freestyle in Rio last year. But ever since I won that 200M World Title in Beijing two years ago it's: "Dafne is a cheat. Dafne this, Dafne that. No white girl could run so fast unless she is doping. Dafne has acne so she must be taking PED's." Geez. Enough already. What I also find strange is that no one ever criticized Sally Pearson when she dominated the women's 100M hurdles a couple years ago. Isn't she white too?"
The Dutchwoman went on:
"But in spite of all the criticism, I am of the firm view that I can still continue to be a successful athlete. I spoke to my sprint coach Bart about my intentions to balance my sprinting career with my speed skating career and he was very supportive of my decision. In addition to which, speed skating is a sport that we Dutch people tend to excel in so I will have history on my side. So don't be surprised if you see me standing on the top podium in Pyeongchang next year with that elusive Olympic gold medal dangling around my neck. And the best thing about my competing in the Winter Olympics is that I won't have Elaine Thompson to worry about."