Over the past three seasons, Kazakhstan has begun to feature ever more prominently in Short Track’s elite events, after forming a successful training partnership with the Netherlands. A decade ago, few people in Kazakhstan had even heard of the sport, but with Kazakh skaters starting to win ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating medals with increasing regularity, the country is now preparing to host its first ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event in Almaty this weekend.
The third stop of the ISU World Cup Short Track begins Friday December 7. Don’t miss any of the action – including the first day of qualifying rounds – which will be streamed live to all fans on Skating ISU’s YouTube. Make sure you subscribe to the channel to receive live stream notifications.
After two fascinating meets in North America – Calgary and Salt Lake City – Short Track heads east to Almaty, Kazakhstan for the third ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating of the season. The event, held at the Halyk Arena from 7 to 9 December 2018, should help to clarify whether a new generation of skaters are ready to challenge for the highest honors or if the established guard will stay on top for a while yet.
Three months ago, the mere thought of competing in a Short Track race was enough to make Elise Christie (GBR) question everything she’d spent the past 16 years working towards.
From Wu Dajing’s (CHN) astonishing world-record performance at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics to Steven Bradbury (AUS) winning Olympic gold as the last man standing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Short Track Speed Skating has drawn up plenty of epic moments which have captivated fans and skaters across the world.
It’s a measure of Sjinkie Knegt’s (NED) supreme mastery of the 1500m that the world record holder and Olympic silver medalist can cruise to a World Cup gold medal and yet still claim to be in “not great shape”.
After a pulsating start to the Short Track season in Calgary, the racers hoped over to Salt Lake City’s Utah Olympic Oval for the second ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating meeting of the season were more records were broken. Watch the highlights.
Alyson Charles (CAN) is well known within Canadian Short Track circles for her explosive starting on the ice but the 20-year-old sprinter from Montreal has made an even faster start to her World Cup career.
In the cut-throat world of Short Track Speed Skating, the idea of an athlete being disappointed with World Cup gold, because he really wanted to finish second, may sound somewhat preposterous. But that’s exactly what happened in Saturday’s Men’s 1000m race at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City.
Since 2015, Choi Min Jeong (KOR) has been the undisputed queen of Short Track, winning World Championship gold medals each year, almost for fun. So after an indifferent start to the season, Saturday’s crowds at Utah’s Olympic Oval were thrilled to see the Korean skater return to winning ways with gold in the Ladies’ 1500m at the ISU Short Track World Cup in Salt Lake City.
A broad smile breaks across the face of Csaba Burján (HUN) as he explains just how little the people of Hungary know about winter sports. The majority of the country’s population still have no idea that Short Track Speed Skating even exists, despite Burján being an Olympic Champion
Thomas Insuk Hong (USA) was always meant to be a skater. Across the sporting world, it’s common for athletes to speak of a sense of destiny that led them inextricably towards their chosen sport. But Hong’s connection to skating goes deeper than most: he was almost born on the ice.
The second stop of the ISU World Cup Short Track begins Friday 9 November. Don’t miss any of the action, including the first day of qualifying rounds, which will be streamed live on Skating ISU’s YouTube. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to receive live stream notifications.