Often, Short Track Speed Skating is a fierce battle between nations. But in the Men’s field this season, it was an internal struggle between the Republic of Korea’s incredible pool of young skaters – culminating in an epic brawl at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In the almost 10 years since Apolo Anton Ohno hung up his skates, the USA’s most decorated winter Olympian of all time has founded businesses, acted, hosted TV game shows, commentated, danced and much, much more. But even so, the eight-time Short Track Speed Skating Olympic medal winner openly admits that life off the track has been just as much of a challenge as on it.
From the very start of the 2018/19 season, Suzanne Schulting’s form looked ominous for her opponents. Having won a gold medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Dutch skater’s confidence levels were at their absolute peak. And after a summer in which she had trained “unbelievably hard”, she’d never looked physically sharper.
For Steven Dubois’ entire athletic life, he’s been chasing someone’s tail. The boy from Terrebonne, near Montreal, took up Short Track Speed Skating at the age of 11 – far later than most of his contemporaries – and has been playing catch-up, very enthusiastically, ever since.
Lara van Ruijven didn’t think she was going to have a great 2018/19 Short Track season. In fact, she feared it might be a disaster.
Everyone knows about Korean, Canadian, Russian and Dutch Short Track racers but the Short Track Speed Skating is are a truly international affair – and some teams are one-athlete organizations from countries without any winter sport tradition.
Today Ida Hellström from Finland was elected to the ISU Athletes Commission as the Synchronized Skating representative.
The 2019 World Figure Skating Champions and the ISU President Mr. Jan Dijkema show their commitment to Sport for Development and Peace by showing a #WhiteCard as a strong symbolic gesture.
With less than a year to go, the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will take place from January 9-22, 2020 in Lausanne (SUI), dubbed as the Olympic capital in the world. The Qualification Systems for all three ISU disciplines (Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating) have been approved by the IOC Executive Board.
The 2018/19 Short Track Speed Skating season was nothing short of a classic. It featured the emergence of brilliant skating talent, the crowing of new champions, the smashing of World Records, fresh technology that made racing fairer, a new event – and the usual heady blend of overtaking, crashes, photo-finishes and last-second thrills that make the sport so exhilarating to take part in and watch.
The ISU has been made aware of a statement published on March 20 by All-That Sports, and subsequently by the Korea Skating Union on March 21 about an incident which happened between Ms. Mariah Bell and Ms. Eun Soo Lim, during their practice on March 20 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
Today Eric Radford from Canada was elected to the ISU Athletes Commission as the Single and Pair Skating representative.
During its latest meeting which took place on March 17-18, 2019 in Tokyo (JPN) the ISU Council decided to provisionally allot the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2020 to Debrecen (HUN) which will be held on January 24-26, 2020.
Belgium and the Netherlands have always been huge sporting rivals: Benelux neighbors who particularly don’t like each other on the football field.
Suzanne Schulting (NED) overtook Choi Min Jeong (KOR) as she became only the second European ever to win the Ladies’ World Short Track Championship, while Korea’s Lim Hyo Jun sealed the Men’s title by a huge margin in Sofia on Sunday.