Love conquers all, even Dutch team mates

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By Larry Fine

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Speedskater Simon Kuipers said watching his girlfriend Christine Nesbitt of Canada edge two of his Dutch team mates for gold in the women's Olympic 1,000 meters race was a win-win situation.

"I was really happy for her that she made it," Kuipers told reporters during Saturday's 1,500 meters men's race. "She won by two-hundredths of a second over my team mate (Annette Gerritsen).

"I had mixed feelings about it, because it's fun if your team mate wins. But if your girlfriend wins, that's even a little better."

Kuipers got a kiss from Nesbitt during her victory lap at Richmond Olympic Oval.

The Dutchman was looking in good shape himself during the 1,500 as he held the lead after the first half of racing before sliding back to finish seventh.

Nesbitt will be going for a second gold medal on Sunday in the women's 1,500 meters.

Asked if he ever gave Nesbitt racing advice, Kuipers said: "Sometimes. But it's more fun to talk about other things besides skating. There's more to life than just skating."

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