Two stars from Florida dominated the ice in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Saturday. Erin Jackson (USA) won her second gold medal in the 500m, again breaking the track record, and Brittany Bowe (USA) added a 1000m gold for the Sunshine State. Canada wrapped up an exciting second day of World Cup Speed Skating with gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit.
Thriving under pressure
“(I felt) pressure in a good way,” Erin Jackson said after following up her maiden World Cup gold with a back-to-back win in the 500m on Saturday.
“When the pressure is not there I get a little too relaxed sometimes. With the added pressure (after Friday’s victory), I think it helps me skate my best.”
Erin Jackson (USA) © International Skating Union (ISU)
The 29-year-old former inline skater was paired with Nao Kodaira (JPN).
“It's something special to be able to skate side by side with her, someone I've looked up to since I started in the sport.”
Jackson’s admiration did not stand in the way of her ambition, however. The American opened in 10.37 seconds, taking an early lead over the Olympic Champion. Kodaira started from the outer lane but was not able to catch up on the backstretch.
With a final time of 37.55s, Jackson shaved another six hundredths off the track record she had set on Friday.
Teammate Bowe, who came 10th in the 500m, was impressed: “With Erin’s situation, she's still learning how to skate. She's had some remarkable strides throughout training.”
Kodaira was 0.04s slower than she had been on Friday and finished in 37.78s, to take the bronze medal.
Angelina Golikova (RUS) again had the fastest opener of the field in 10.34s. Adding a 27.28s full lap, she clocked 37.63s to take silver after Friday’s fourth place.
“Yesterday I was more nervous, because it was the first start at the World Cup (this season),” she said.
Brilliant Bowe still reigns in 1000m
Brittany Bowe carried on where she had left off last season - winning World Cup races. The 33-year-old American was the only one to skate under one minute and 15 seconds in 1:14.78, breaking her own 2019 track record by 0.60s.
“(I’m) really excited to be back,” Bowe said.
Brittany Bowe (USA) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I had a great summer and fall of training and I’m excited to get back out here racing with the whole world competing. So, really nice to start that one on a win.
“We've prided ourselves on not trying to do anything different but we look at each year but in totality of a quad and we just continue to build from year to year.”
Bowe had a difficult backstretch with Daria Kachanova (RUS) coming from the inner corner.
“It was close. I'll have to go back and look at the video but I know I was yelling at her coming out of the corner to make sure she knew I was there.
“It could have been a disaster but I had to keep going full steam ahead. Thankfully there wasn't a collision.”
Kachanova held back and avoided interfering with Bowe’s race. It cost her a good result, finishing 11th in 1:17.04.
After the race Kachanova apologized to Bowe.
“I said ‘that's racing’,” Bowe said. “I just yell because I wanted to make sure. It was probably as close as it could have been without interference.”
Canada wins Team Pursuit
Olympic Champions Japan (Miho Takagi, Misaki Oshigiri, Ayano Sato), who missed all international competition last season, came second in 3:01.51 and the Netherlands (Ireen Wüst, Antoinette de Jong, Irene Schouten) took bronze in 3:02.69.
Ivanie Blondin, Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais (CAN) © International Skating Union (ISU)
Despite winning, Weidemann said Canada’s race was far from perfect:
“There's a lot we want to continue improving on. I don't think it was our best race. We made some mistakes.
“We were a little bit scrambly. It was our first one in a long time. So it was just figuring it out again.
“But it was a really great first one and I think we're excited to keep building off of it.”
ISU World Cup Speed Skating Standings 500m Women
ISU World Cup Speed Skating Standings 1000m Women
Team Pursuit Women
ISU World Cup Team Pursuit Women Standings Team Pursuit Women
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The ISU World Cup Speed Skating is a Series of international Speed Skating competitions which takes place annually. The Series started in 1984 and usually consists of six or seven Events including the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final. However during the Olympic season the Series consists of five Events.
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