Canada’s long distance ladies kicked off the ISU World Cup speed skating season in fine style on Friday. Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) won the 3000m in Minsk, Belarus, with teammate Ivanie Blondin (CAN) taking the bronze. The Netherlands won the ladies’ Team Sprint.
World silver medalists Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov of Russia made the most of home advantage to take the lead in the Rhythm Dance on day one of the Rostelecom Cup, setting a new personal best score en route. Skate Canada Champions Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier of Canada came second followed by Spain’s Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin.
Alexander Samarin led the Russian men to an unexpected sweep in the Men’s Short Program as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating returned with the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow (RUS). Dmitri Aliev and Makar Ignatov joined Samarin in the top three on Friday, the first day of competition.
The first of three ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating events will be held in the Fosenhallen in Bjugn, Norway this weekend. Together with the second leg in Enschede, the Netherlands, this competition will serve as a qualifying event for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne 2020. Last year's Norwegian ace Hallgeir Engebråten, who won the 1500m and the 3000m ISU Junior World Cup, left the junior ranks to try his luck in the senior competition, but in the ladies field Dutch Femke Kok, who won last year's ISU World Junior Speed Skating title, is still eligible for the junior ranks, although she cannot qualify for Lausanne anymore.
The International Speed Skating season kicks off in Belarus with the first of six ISU World Cup Speed Skating events on Friday 15 November. The Minsk Arena hosts the ISU World Cup Speed Skating for the second time in history, after the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final in 2018, when Marina Zueva (BLR) took her career first ISU World Cup Speed Skating medal with silver in the 3000m. Zueva will start in the 1500m, the 3000m and the Mass Start on home soil this weekend.
The battle for the tickets to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final becomes more and more exciting as the series gets to Rostelecom Cup, the fifth and penultimate event, in Moscow (RUS) this week. ISU World Figure Skating Ice Dance silver medalists Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsapalov (RUS) have just won their first ISU Grand Prix gold medal at Shiseido Cup of China last week and want to seal their spot. Skate Canada Champions Alexandra Trusova (RUS), Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) and Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS) as well have good chances to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (ITA).
Check out what you missed at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Montréal this weekend.
In 2019/20 Speed Skating will be faster than it has ever been. The season builds up to a climax at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships on the fastest ice on earth in Salt Lake City in February. The six world records during last season's ISU World Cup Speed Skating finals at the Utah Olympic Oval, were just a prelude to what's yet to come.
The highlights of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China will show you the most important moments of the event. Find out who won and how.
In Focus captured some amazing moments at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating - Montréal (CAN). You can almost feel the speed and the tension.
Have a look at the great moments captured at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China that took place in Chongqing (CHN) this weekend.
Montreal saved the best for last as Olympic champion Liu Shaolin Sandor won his first two gold medals of the season on Sunday after strong finishes in the finals of the Men's 500m and 5000m relay.
Two-time and reigning World Champions Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China ruled on home ice and won the Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing on Saturday with almost 30 points to spare ahead of teammates Cheng Peng/Yang Jin.
Boyang Jin bounced back in the Free Skating to lead the Chinese men to a 1-2 finish at their home Grand Prix in Chongqing on Saturday. He earned the first Grand Prix gold medal of his career. Overnight leader Han Yan slipped to second to continue a successful comeback.
World Junior silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova of Russia continued her spectacular ascent, flying high to win her second Grand Prix gold at the Shiseido Cup of China on Saturday.