Congratulations to Bart Swings from Belgium, IWGA’s Athlete of the Month for February 2022
After winning silver at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, the 31-year-old skater from Belgium has won a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Games in Bejing, China in the speed skating mass start event. It was the first gold medal at a Winter Olympic Games in 74 years for Belgium, achieved on 19th February 2022. Also in February, World Skate nominated Bart Swings to compete in The World Games 2022, taking place from 7th to 17th July in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Belgian, nicknamed ‘The Flash’, has the qualification for starts in the race over 10,000 metres (elimination and point elimination). This offers him the chance to become one of the top ten most successful athletes ever at The World Games. At his starts in Cali, Colombia, in 2013 and Wroclaw, Poland, in 2017 Bart Swings won a total of four gold as well as two silver medals, plus one bronze medal.
Bart Swings also joins Brady Ellison in a very select club of winning medals at two different Olympics and two different editions of The World Games. The American archer has won two silver medals and one bronze at Olympic Games, and two silver medals at The World Games.
As The World Games Athlete of the Month, Bart Swings will receive The World Games Athlete of the Month diploma as well as a branded gift from the Official Sponsor of Athlete of the Month, Protective Life.
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The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and over 100 countries will take part in The World Games.