From the very start of the 2018/19 season, Suzanne Schulting’s form looked ominous for her opponents. Having won a gold medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Dutch skater’s confidence levels were at their absolute peak. And after a summer in which she had trained “unbelievably hard”, she’d never looked physically sharper.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has set the dates for the Single & Pair, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating Competitions 2019/20. Another exciting season is underway, with a novelty for Synchronized Skating.
Success and failure are close to each other in any sport and these ups and downs make sports so exciting. Figure skating is no exception. Skaters rallied back after a failure in the Short Program or come back strong following injury or taking a break in this past season.
The Challenger Series Synchronized Skating will consist of up to five (5) International Competitions linked together, giving adequate opportunities for many Teams to compete at the international level and earn World Standing Points. Additionally, it will allow Teams and Officials to prepare for competing at the ISU Championships.
Patrick Roest (NED) was crowned ISU World Allround Speed Skating Champion in Amsterdam in March 2018, with nine-time champion Sven Kramer (NED) finishing fourth. Had the pupil definitely beaten his master? The Dutch team mates crossed swords over the ISU European and the ISU World Allround Speed Skating title again in the 2018/19 season.
For Steven Dubois’ entire athletic life, he’s been chasing someone’s tail. The boy from Terrebonne, near Montreal, took up Short Track Speed Skating at the age of 11 – far later than most of his contemporaries – and has been playing catch-up, very enthusiastically, ever since.
In each season, new faces emerge on the scene and skaters are making a breakthrough. The exciting 2018/19 season was no exception. Let’s have a look at some of the newcomers.
Nao Kodaira (JPN) started the 2018/19 Speed Skating season as the lady to beat in the 500m, but Vanessa Herzog (AUT) was up for the challenge. The Japanese sprint queen won the first four 500m races of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating season on home soil in Obihiro and Tomakomai, with her Austrian challenger coming second in all four races. Kodaira and Herzog were gearing up for a season long fascinating battle in the shortest distance.
A new Olympic cycle started with the 2018/19 season and it is always a fresh starting point for many skaters. It is time to push the limits and to try new and different things.
Lara van Ruijven didn’t think she was going to have a great 2018/19 Short Track season. In fact, she feared it might be a disaster.
Team USA claimed its fourth World Team Trophy title 13 points clear of the rest of the field as competition wrapped up at the ISU World Team Trophy in Fukuoka, Japan, on Saturday, with Team Japan edging out Russia for the silver medal. The USA, victors in 2009, 2013 and 2015, collected 117 points while Japan had 104 points and Russia 102.
The Utah Olympic Oval confirmed its name as the fastest ice rink on the planet with six new world records broken during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final 2019. In 2020 the iconic venue will host the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships and currently holds four Ladies' and six current Men's world records.
The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships has come to an end. It was filled with astonishing and entertaining performances by 24 teams competing for the chance of being crowned World’s best. Watch the highlights.
Figure skating is an individual sport where the athletes focus only on themselves – many people tend to think that way, but the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating proves the opposite. Figure skating can be a great team sport. Ever since the event was introduced in 2009, it has been a favorite for many skaters.
Everyone knows about Korean, Canadian, Russian and Dutch Short Track racers but the Short Track Speed Skating is are a truly international affair – and some teams are one-athlete organizations from countries without any winter sport tradition.