China’s Wenjing Sui/Cong Han and Xiaoyu Yu/Hao Zhang finished first and second in the Pairs Short Program. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford of Canada are currently ranked third.
The ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017 continued today in Gangneung, Korea, with the Pairs Short Program. The Four Continents Championships 2017 serve as a test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The Chinese and Korean men have made their mark in the Junior World Cup Speed Skating Series 2016/17, and Daria Kachanova was queen of the ladies’ sprint events winning five out of a total of six races in the 500m and 1000m.
The ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017 will open in Gangneung, Korea, on Thursday. Three reigning Four Continents Champions are back and hope to defend their title.
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. A One-two finish for Kazakhstan in the Men’s 500 m final. Yutong Han (CHN) and Yong Jin Liu (KOR) with their respective 1000 m (2) final. Russia (Ladies) and Netherlands (Men) take gold in the Relay events.
America’s Heather Bergsma won her second World Title at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, when she edged out Ireen Wüst (NED) for gold in the ladies’ 1500m on Sunday. Almost at the end of the Championships, Bo-Reum Kim delighted the home crowd with the first Korean title of the tournament, winning the Ladies’ Mass Start.
Martina Sáblíková won her ninth consecutive 5000m title on day 3 of the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships. Kjeld Nuis took his maiden World Title in the Men’s 1000m, and Heather Bergsma took gold in the ladies’ 1000m. Sven Kramer closed the day with gold in the 10,000m.
The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2016/17 resumed today with the sixth and final round in Minsk, Belarus. The racing events today included the following: Ladies and Men’s 1000 m (1) and 1500 m finals, and the relay semi-finals. Yang Liu (CHN) and Dae Hwang Heon (KOR) win the first 1000 m of the weekend. Double 1500 m gold for Korea: Ah Rum Noh (Ladies) and Hyo Benn Lee (Men)
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.