Mark Tuitert became the first Dutchman after Ard Schenk in 1972 to win Olympic Gold in the 1500m, the blue ribbon race of speed skating. Shani Davis (USA) won silver after gold in the 1000m. Davis also got a silver medal in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Behind him, Håvard Bøkko (NOR) won bronze.
Evan Lysacek (USA) skated to Gold in a nerve-racking Men’s Free Skating, upsetting defending Olympic Champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia and becoming the first US man to take Olympic Gold since Brian Boitano in 1988. Daisuke Takahashi claimed the bronze, the first Olympic medal in Men’s Figure Skating for Japan
Christine Nesbitt from Canada has become the second speed skating lady to win a home Olympic gold. She won the 1000m in 1:16.56, with a margin of 0.02 of a second on the silver won by Annette Gerritsen (NED). In third place finished Gerritsen’s teammate Laurine van Riessen.
Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko grabbed the Men’s Short Program and has his eyes set on a second consecutive Olympic title, but World Champion Evan Lysacek (USA) and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan are less than one point behind. It was an exciting competition with many strong performances, but some contenders crumbled under the pressure.
Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao of China made history when they struck Gold in the Pairs event on Monday, winning China’s first gold medal in Olympic figure skating and ending Russian dominance in the discipline. Qing Pang/Jian Tong skated to the silver with a spectacular performance while Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy of Germany earned the bronze medal.
22-year-old Martina Sáblíková (CZE) won the 3000m ladies Olympic Speed Skating at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday. It was the first Olympic medal in Speed Skating in history for the Czech Republic. Stephanie Beckert (GER) (21) took silver beating her Canadian pair mate Kristina Groves (33) who won the Olympic bronze.
Dutchman Sven Kramer won the first speed skating gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in the 5000m Men's event. Long track debutant Seung-Hoon Lee (KOR) took the silver and Ivan Skobrev (RUS) won Olympic bronze at the Richmond Oval on Saturday.
The Pacific Coliseum will host, among other events, eight Olympic Short Track competitions; the Men’s and Ladies’ 1500m, 1000m and 500m as well as the Men’s 5000m Relay and the Ladies’ 3000m Relay with competition extending over five days, with at least one medaled event on each day.