The Japanese ladies are on fire this season and they showed it again in the Team Pursuit at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Calgary on Saturday. They broke their own world record to add another gold to their impressive tally.
Kai Verbij (NED) took gold in the men’s 1000m in Calgary on Saturday after fastest finisher Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) was disqualified for crossing the marker irregularly in the inner corner.
Heather Bergsma (USA) claimed her first World Cup gold this season with victory in the Ladies 1000m at the Calgary Olympic Oval on Saturday. Nao Kodaira (JPN), who leads the season standings over the distance, crashed out in the final pairing.
Laurent Dubreuil, Gilmore Junio and Vincent De Haître (CAN) handed the home crowd a gold medal and a world record in the Men’s Team Sprint at the Calgary Olympic Oval on Friday. Russia won the Ladies Team Sprint event.
Sven Kramer (NED) won gold in the men’s 5000m at the ISU World Cup speed skating in Calgary on Friday to maintain his unbeaten record after three long-distance races this season, once again consigning rival Ted-Jan Bloemen (CAN) to silver. Patrick Beckert (GER) took the bronze.
Miho Takagi (JPN) claimed her first 3000m World Cup win in a Japanese national record time of 3 minutes and 57.09 seconds at the Calgary Olympic Oval on Friday. Dutch pair Antoinette de Jong and Ireen Wüst finished second and third.
Japan leads the medal table with ten gold medals after two of the six events into the 2017/18 ISU World Cup speed skating series. Norway and the Netherlands both took four gold medals. After fierce competition at the sea-level rinks of Heerenveen (NED) and Stavanger (NOR), the high-altitude tracks of Calgary (1-3 December) and Salt Lake City (8-10 December) are ready for some superfast racing.
Within the context of the Oswald Commission hearings the International Skating Union (ISU) has received the verdicts of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Disciplinary Commission of Olga Fatkulina and Aleksander Rumyantsev relating to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
After two legs of the World Cup Series, National Olympic Committees (NOC) are on track to qualify spots for PyeongChang 2018.
Sven Kramer (NED) won the first and only 10000m race of the season before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in an epic battle with world record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen (CAN) at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Stavanger on Sunday. Erik-Jan Kooiman (NED) grabbed the bronze medal.
Germany’s Claudia Pechstein won gold in a track-record six minutes, 56.60 seconds at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Stavanger on Sunday.