Royals in Rio! The Dutch Royal Family Congratulates First-Ever Female Gymnastics Medalist From the Netherlands
Monday was a big day for Dutch athletics history – nearly 6,000 miles away from Amsterdam!
Gymnast Sanne Wevers took home the Netherlands’s first-ever women’s individual medal in the sport during Tuesday afternoon’s balance beam final, besting some strong competition in the form of Americans Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez.
And Wevers had some famous faces in the crowd cheering her on: The Dutch royal family, including King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their children Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.
The family, who just arrived in Rio yesterday to see the second half of the 2016 games, watched the routine from their space in the stands, but after the medal ceremony, went down to the floor of the arena to congratulate their gold medal winner.
All six were decked out in the traditional Dutch bright orange, and gave Wevers hugs on the Olympic floor in celebration while chatting with her.
King Willem-Alexander is an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, and gone been back and forth between Brazil and the Netherlands throughout the games, this time, returning with his family.
Wevers’s win is just the latest 2016 milestone for Dutch gymnastics: This is the first year since 1976 that the country qualified to send a team to the Olympics.