Japan’s Nao Kodaira won the Ladies’ 500m to become the first Japanese female skater taking individual gold in the history of the World Single Distance Championships. Dutch Jan Smeekens grabbed a long awaited gold in the Men’s 500m and the Netherlands won both the Ladies’ and the Men’s Team Pursuit events at day 2 of the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.
Ireen Wüst has won the inaugural race at the Gangneung Olympic Oval. With exactly one year to go to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, the Dutchwoman took gold in the Ladies’ 3000m at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships. Sven Kramer won his eighth 5000m World Title, with bronze Peter Michael taking the first ever World Speed Skating Championships medal for New-Zealand.
The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating 2016/17 Series concludes this weekend in Minsk (BLR) with the qualification rounds starting on February 10.
Top sport life has not always been easy for Polish Natalia Czerwonka. The 28-year-old silver 2014 Olympic medalist suffered a head injury and a broken vertebra after a collision with a tractor, while training on the bike in August 2014. We took the opportunity to talk to her in Heerenveen last December. Her passion for speed skating is still unbroken.
The ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2017 not only is the pinnacle event of the 2016/17 speed skating season, it is the first international tournament at the 2018 Gangneung Olympic Oval too. With one year to go to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, speed skaters will get a taste of the ice and the atmosphere.
The fifth round of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2016/17 concluded today with the Ladies and Men 500 m, second 1500 m and Relay Finals. Marianne St-Gelais wins second event of the weekend in the Ladies 500 m, while Dutch skaters are top of the podium in the Ladies and Men 1500 m (2) finals. Netherlands (Ladies) and Russia (Men) take gold in the Relay events
The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2016/17 resumed today with the fifth round in Dresden, Germany. The racing events today included the following: Ladies and Men’s 1000 m and 1500 m (1) finals, and the relay semi-finals. Marianne St-Gelais (CAN) and Thibaut Fauconnet (FRA) win the 1000 m while Canada claims double gold in the 1500 m (1) with Kim Boutin (Ladies) and Charles Hamelin (Men).
The ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2017 concluded today with the crowning of this year’s individual and team champions. Yu Bin Lee (KOR) was crowned the Lady World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Champion for 2017. Meanwhile, Shaoang Liu (HUN) became the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Champion for 2017. In the team events, the Ladies World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions for 2017 are China who successfully defended their title, while Korea became the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions for 2017.
Dutch Ireen Wüst beat Czech arch rival Martina Sáblíková in the Ladies 3000m on day 3 of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Berlin on Sunday. Ruslan Murashov (RUS) won the men’s 500m, America’s Heather Bergsma collected her second 1000m gold of the weekend, and Dutch Kai Verbij grabbed his maiden individual World Cup gold in the men’s 1000m.
Peter Michael beat Jorrit Bergsma in the Men’s 5000m but Ted-Jan Bloemen claimed gold in the distance on day 2 of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Berlin. Nao Kodaira collected her second 500m gold, Kjeld Nuis won the Men’s 1000m and Ireen Wüst the Ladies’ 1500m.
After spending yesterday racing through qualifying rounds in all individual distances, the World’s best junior short track speed skaters took the ice today in Innsbruck for the Ladies and Men 1500 m and 500 m finals. Yu Bin Lee (KOR) concluded the day leading the Ladies classification while Shaoang Liu (HUN) tops the leaderboard in the Men’s standings.
Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France danced off with the gold and their third European title. Italy’s Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte claimed the silver medal and Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev of Russia earned the bronze.
Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva skated off with the gold medal and took her second consecutive European title. Teammate Anna Pogorilaya claimed the silver medal and five-time European Champion Carolina Koster of Italy returned on to the Championships stage with a bronze medal.
Nico Ihle delighted the home crowd winning the Men’s 500m on Day 1 of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup at the Sportforum in Berlin. Nao Kodaira (JPN) took her fifth World Cup win in the 500m, America’s Heather Bergsma took her fourth 1000m gold of the season, and Kjeld Nuis (NED) won the Men’s 1500m.