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Dutch Speed Skaters Apologize For Injuring Two Fans By Throwing Giant Fake Medal Into Crowd

A picture of the Olympic Rings in South Korea.

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Giant Olympic medal replicas are best kept on stage during parties. The Dutch speed skating team learned that the hard way.

The Netherlands won a bronze medal in yesterday's men's team pursuit speed skating event. The Dutch edged out New Zealand to earn its place on the medal stand.

Norway captured gold in the event, followed by the team from host nation South Korea. From the official Olympic write-up:

The Norwegian trio of Havard Bokko, Simen Spieler Nilsen and Sverre Lunde Pedersen were fast out of the blocks in the final, quickly moving into a 0.49-second lead and building on it. Though the ROK team of Lee Seung-hoon, Chung Jae-won and Kim Min-seok were urged on by a passionate home crowd and reeled the Norwegians in to take the lead on the fourth lap, they quickly fell behind again and trailed by 0.92 seconds with two laps remaining.

Skating more smoothly than their opponents, who had gone fastest in the previous day's quarter-finals, the Norwegians stretched their advantage in the closing stages and stopped the clock in a time of 3:37.32 to win by 1.2 seconds

The Dutch skaters may have finished in third, but that doesn't mean they were ready to skip a party. Unfortunately, they had a serious err in judgement at that party.

Video from the party at the Holland Heineken House shows four members of the speed skating team—Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest, and Koen Verweij—taking a large replica medal and tossing it into the crowd. RTL Nieuws posted video of the incident.

Those first three skaters listed were the ones who captured the Olympic medal for The Netherlands.

The medal hit two female fans, sending on to the hospital. Deadspin ran a translation from De Telegraafon the incident.

“At our homage last night at the Holland Heineken House, two visitors were injured, which we also find very regrettable, and immediately after this incident we contacted the two ladies who won the big medal from the stage to the public have got their heads. Meanwhile, we understand that one of them had to go to the hospital and was treated there.”

The Netherlands have 17 total medals, with seven golds, six silvers, and four bronze medals. 13 of the 17 medals have been in speed skating.

[De Telegraafvia Deadspin]