Olga Fatkulina (RUS) broke Nao Kodaira's (JPN) 23-race winning streak in the World Cup 500m on a thrilling Day 2 in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. Daria Kachanova (RUS) came second and Kodaira took bronze after world champion Vanessa Herzog (AUT) was disqualified for a second false start. In other ladies’ action at the opening event of the 2019/20 ISU World Cup season, Ireen Wüst (NED) won the 1500m to take her 24th World Cup gold in the event.
Patrick Roest (NED) started the ISU World Cup speed skating season with a track record to win the 5000m in Minsk on Friday. The World Allround Champion beat Jorrit Bergsma (NED) and Denis Yuskov (RUS) to top the podum. The Dutch also ruled in the Team Sprint, taking gold ahead of China and Canada.
Canada’s long distance ladies kicked off the ISU World Cup speed skating season in fine style on Friday. Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) won the 3000m in Minsk, Belarus, with teammate Ivanie Blondin (CAN) taking the bronze. The Netherlands won the ladies’ Team Sprint.
The first of three ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating events will be held in the Fosenhallen in Bjugn, Norway this weekend. Together with the second leg in Enschede, the Netherlands, this competition will serve as a qualifying event for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne 2020. Last year's Norwegian ace Hallgeir Engebråten, who won the 1500m and the 3000m ISU Junior World Cup, left the junior ranks to try his luck in the senior competition, but in the ladies field Dutch Femke Kok, who won last year's ISU World Junior Speed Skating title, is still eligible for the junior ranks, although she cannot qualify for Lausanne anymore.
The International Speed Skating season kicks off in Belarus with the first of six ISU World Cup Speed Skating events on Friday 15 November. The Minsk Arena hosts the ISU World Cup Speed Skating for the second time in history, after the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final in 2018, when Marina Zueva (BLR) took her career first ISU World Cup Speed Skating medal with silver in the 3000m. Zueva will start in the 1500m, the 3000m and the Mass Start on home soil this weekend.
In 2019/20 Speed Skating will be faster than it has ever been. The season builds up to a climax at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships on the fastest ice on earth in Salt Lake City in February. The six world records during last season's ISU World Cup Speed Skating finals at the Utah Olympic Oval, were just a prelude to what's yet to come.
The ISU is pleased to announce that all ISU Events, from the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, ISU World Cup Speed Skating, ISU World Cup Short Track Series and ISU Championships will be live streamed on the Skating ISU YouTube Channel as of season 2019/20.
The clap skate caused a Speed Skating revolution in 1997. In the 1997/98 Speed Skating season nine out of ten world records in both the men's and women's events were broken thanks to the innovation. But it wasn't as new an idea as it seemed to be. The first patent for a clap skate was granted to one Charles Corneby in England in 1884, but somehow the idea was never put into practice in international competition.
Getting to the top is not easy, staying there is even more difficult. After winning Olympic 500m Speed Skating gold, the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships title and the 500m as well as the overall ISU World Cup Speed Skating in 2018 Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) was struggling to get back to winning ways last season.
Norway and the Netherlands dominated Speed Skating in the 1970s, but the most significant innovator in the sport during that era came from Switzerland. Franz Krienbühl (SUI) was the first to enter the Speed Skating rink in a one-piece skin suit in 1974.
Ard Schenk (NED) completed the 1500m in 1 minute and 58.7 seconds. It may not sound very fast compared to the current world record of 1.40,17, but on the outdoor ice of Davos, Switzerland, back in 1971, the Dutchman was the first to break the two-minute barrier in Speed Skating history.