Today, April 6, 2020, the International Skating Union (ISU) proudly celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace for the third consecutive year. Sport, peace and unity is more important than ever in these times of crisis. This year, the ISU Athletes Commission, who represents the views of the athletes and makes their voices heard within the ISU, conveys the message of commitment to Sport for Development and Peace.
A Speed Skating blade needs to be sharp to provide maximum grip on the ice at 60 km/h, but when a skater crashes the blades become dangerous weapons. In October 2015, Håvard Lorentzen's left skate slipped away when he entered a corner in a fast training lap at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell. When he hit the cushions, his left skate cut into his right leg almost from the knee to the ankle. When he looked down, the 2012 ISU World Junior Speed Skating Champion was not sure whether he would be able to ever skate again.
The joyful Thialf crowd had already heard the Dutch national anthem eight times and the Russian national anthem five times, when the Men's Mass Start bunch entered the rink for the final event at the ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2020. However, never in history, had La Brabançonne, the Belgian national anthem, been played at a major international Speed Skating tournament before. Bart Swings changed it all.
Ivanie Blondin (CAN) used to be a specialist in the Speed Skating Mass Start. Last season, she won her first ISU World Cup Speed Skating race in a classic distance, taking gold in the 3000m in Erfurt, and this season she really found her groove in Nur-Sultan breaking two track records and winning three gold medals.
At the first two ISU World Cup Speed Skating events, in Minsk and Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Patrick Roest had crushed the opposition in the 5000m. The third leg in Nur-Sultan featured the only 10,000m of the Men's ISU World Cup Speed Skating series 2019/20.
It was the first time out and no one knew what to expect, but the Mixed Gender Relay on the Sunday of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final tasted like more. China's Li Qishi and Kahanbai Alemasi will go down in history as the first winners of the new event, which concluded the 2019/20 season in Heerenveen. The participants unanimously agreed that the Mixed Gender Relay has a lot of potential for the future. "I hope so," Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) said. "I hope the crowd liked it, it was fun to do."
As a result of the recent United States’ travel ban of 26 European countries and the state of New York’s restrictions on gatherings over concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union (ISU) are unable to organize the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place April 3-4, 2020, in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final took place last weekend from March 7 - 8, 2020 in Heerenveen (NED). As the newly crowned overall ISU World Cup Speed Skating champions stepped off the ice, the ISU was waiting for them to step into the spotlight to conduct interviews. All interviews are available on social media and have been filmed in an exciting and accessible manner so Speed Skating fans across the world can watch, comment, share, engage and simply enjoy the content.
With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Skate Canada and the International Skating Union (ISU), were informed today by the Government of Quebec that they have decided to cancel the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from March 16-22, 2020 in Montreal at Centre Bell.
At the time of publishing this statement, the ISU has not been informed of any specific decision from the Quebec Health Ministry in regard to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships scheduled to be held in Montreal on March 16-22, 2020.
As per the ISU Statement of March 2, the ISU, in consultation with the competent local authorities and the organizing ISU Members, is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus developments and their impact on the upcoming ISU Events that at this time remain scheduled as planned
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series came to an end this weekend with the Final taking place in Heerenveen (NED). Catch up on who won with the highlight videos.
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating has come to an end, with the Final taking place this weekend in Heereveen (NED). In Focus has the pleasure of bringing you the best pictures of the great event.