The Wonderman from the Netherlands, Named Zonderland the Flying Dutchman
I’ve seen my share of both men and women’s gymnastics since I was a kid. Yesterday’s horizontal bar competition was one I won’t forget, as it made me question my own ability to fly. With hopes the U.S.A. would be the ones to clench a medal — it was still a spectacular performance by Dutchman, Epke Zonderland, who had a solid performance with a daring triple set of three action-packed releases and a twist-filled dismount — that was hammered perfect to the mat.
The last time the Netherlands saw gold was in 1928, when a female won the medal in gymnastics. But this is the first gold a man wins in the country’s Olympic history for the sport.
Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen seemed confident in his performance after he performed well, but right after Zonderland kept the crowd engaged with his seemingly gravity-defying performance taking the sport to new heights. Hambuechen won the silver medal and defending Olympic champion Zou Kai got the bronze.
Americans, Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton received fifth and sixth place.
Although, the U.S.A. didn’t pull through with a medal, Zonderland’s athletic abilities and routine is one for the books as he is now deemed the, “Flying Dutchman,” and with good reason. One announcer claimed it should go down in history.