The Netherlands has now won 19 of 27 available speed skating medals. There are 3 events left (women’s 5K and both team pursuits), so there will be 36 medals given out in Sochi for speed skating. The Netherlands has won 70.4% of the medals available for speed skating to date, and if they fail to win any of the final 9 medals (dream on), they will still win 52.8% of all the speed skating medals.
How does this rank at the Winter Olympics? Well, it trails a few performances, but those were in early Games, and usually in sports with only 1 to 3 events available for a nation. Looking at the list below for all nations winning 2/3rds or more of a sports medals at one Winter Olympics, the Netherlands performance is really incomparable. Only the German Democratic Republic’s (East Germany) winning 8 of 9 luge medals in 1972 is in the class, but that is only in 3 events. Finland’s winning 8 of 12 cross-country medals in 1952 is the most comparable, but that is still in only 4 events.