Dutch gold medalist apologizes for injuring fans at Olympic party

The Heineken House is legendary at the Olympics for hosting wild parties thrown by the Dutch, but one celebration went too far in PyeongChang on Wednesday night.

Two fans were injured after four Dutch speedskaters threw a giant mock medal into the crowd. Dutch media said one fan was treated onsite, while another was taken to a nearby hospital.

The four athletes involved were Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij. The quartet twas celebrating taking home the bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit, a race in which they were heavily favored.

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Patrick Roest of the Netherlands compete during the Speed Skating Men's Team Pursuit Semifinal 2 on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Patrick Roest of the Netherlands compete during the Speed Skating Men's Team Pursuit Semifinal 2 on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Bronze medalists Koen Verweij, Patrick Roest, Sven Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen of the Netherlands stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for Speed Skating - Men's Team Pursuit on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Medal Plaza on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Netherlands' Patrick Roest (L) and Netherlands' Sven Kramer react after the men's team pursuit final B speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' Patrick Roest (L) and Netherlands' Sven Kramer react after the men's team pursuit final B speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' Sven Kramer (L) competes with his teammates in the men's team pursuit semi-final speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - L-R: Netherlands' Patrick Roest, Netherlands' Jan Blokhuijsen and Netherlands' Sven Kramer compete in the men's team pursuit final B speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Bronze medalists Koen Verweij, Patrick Roest, Sven Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen of the Netherlands stand on the podium during the victory ceremony after the Speed Skating Men's Team Pursuit finals on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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It’s a tradition for each Dutch medal winner to receive the large medal, which is then given to the crowd to pass around. But instead of making sure the transfer went smoothly, the four skaters threw it into a crowd that was either not ready or not able to catch it.

Here is the ill-advised toss:

A Dutch newspaper also reported that Kramer got testy with fans at Heineken House for making noise while he was conducting an interview.

After being hammered on social media and in the media for the incidents, Kramer issued an apology on Twitter written in Korean.

Roughly translated, it reads: “Hello Korean fans. I apologize for the injury last night in the Heineken House representing our team. You came here to cheer the Netherlands’ ice sports team. But accidents happen and I apologize for this. And I hope for a quick recovery. And I will try my best to show a good performance. Thank you.”

Kramer, 31, won his third straight gold medal in the 5,000 meters earlier in the games, setting an Olympic record in the process. He is still searching for his elusive gold in the 10,000 meters, finishing sixth this time around.

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