Are you ready for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games? The Ice Skating Podcast certainly is. In the run-up to – and during – the Games, we will be broadcasting five special editions of the pod. One is already out now, with more to follow on January 30, and then weekly during the action.
There will be plenty of optimism about China’s Short Track Speed Skating medal chances among fans inside Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium when the 2022 Olympic Winter Games get under way.
The Republic of Korea enter the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games as the globe’s leading Short Track Speed Skating powerhouse. No other nation has won as many Olympic golds, Olympic medals or World Championship titles.
There is no doubt who the team leader for the Netherlands Short Track Speed Skating squad will be at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Suzanne Schulting (NED) is set to not only be the star of the Capital Indoor Stadium, she may very well find herself becoming the face of the Games.
Twenty years after Steven Bradbury famously won Australia’s first Olympic Winter Games gold medal, an unassuming skater from New Brunswick, Canada is aiming to put Short Track back on the map in the land down under at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Canadians are one of Short Track’s powerhouses – they lie third in the overall Olympic medal table in the sport – and the country heads to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games with an exciting squad in place.
Entering her fifth Olympic Games, veteran racer Arianna Fontana leads Italy’s bid for Short Track medals at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The Liu brothers have already secured their place in Hungarian Olympic history. At PyeongChang 2018, Shaolin Sandor Liu and his younger sibling Shaoang Liu were the key members of the 5000m Men’s Relay team who won their country’s first ever Olympic Winter Games gold medal. It propelled them from virtual unknowns to national heroes – and the duo have gone from strength to strength since, helping to popularize skating in a traditionally summer-sport-obsessed country.
Elise Christie, the first British and European woman to become an overall Short Track Speed Skating world champion, has retired.
Following the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, the ISU was recently informed that several ISU Members will not attend the ISU Four Continents Short Track Speed Skating Championships, scheduled to take place from January 14 – 16, 2022 in Salt Lake City (USA), resulting in a very limited attendance.
Following the conclusion of the World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Competitions, designated for qualification of quota places for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, held in Beijing (CHN), Nagoya (JPN), Debrecen (HUN) and Dordrecht (NED), the ISU is happy to announce the allocation of Short Track Speed Skating quota places for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing.
France has a population of about 63 million but, according to Quentin Fercoq, you could fit every one of the country’s Short Track Speed Skating participants into a small theater. “It is a very little sport in France,” the French racer said. “It is not known. We have a small federation. Including everyone aged from two to 50 that is doing it, there can’t be more than 500 people.”
The ISU was informed by the German Speed Skating Association (DESG) that the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating, scheduled to take place from January 14 – 16, 2022 in Dresden (GER) cannot be held as planned.
The ISU was informed by the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) that the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2021, scheduled to take place from December 9 – 12, 2021 in Osaka (JPN) cannot be held as planned.