Miho Takagi (JPN) left the Utah Olympic Oval Saturday with mixed feelings. The Japanese all-arounder won the 1000m in 1 minute and 11.83 seconds, only 0.22s short of Brittany Bowe’s (USA) world record. Later in the afternoon Takagi seemed to be on track for another gold in the Women's Team Pursuit, but her sister, Nana Takagi, crashed in the final lap and Canada ran away with its second Team Pursuit win of the season. Andzelika Wójcik (POL) kicked off Saturday’s competition with a career first World Cup win and a national record in the Women's 500m.
Nils van der Poel still doesn’t cease to surprise the international speed skating world. The Swedish endurance machine broke another world record winning the 5000m on the first day of the ISU World Cup in Salt Lake City on Friday. Japan dominated the Men’s 500m, with Yamato Matsui and Wataru Morishige taking gold an silver ahead of World Cup leader Laurent Dubreuil (CAN).
After starting the season with three World Cup wins in four 500m races in Europe, Erin Jackson (USA) continued her winning ways on home ice at the third World Cup event in Salt Lake City on Friday. Irene Schouten (NED) extended her winning streak in the long distance World Cup with gold in the Women's 3000m.
Following the European legs of the 2021/22 ISU World Cup Speed Skating season in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) and Stavanger (NOR), the series moves to the fast North American high-altitude ice at the Utah and Calgary Olympic Ovals. US skater Joey Mantia is relishing the prospect of this weekend’s third leg in Salt Lake City. “That's where I really want to shine,” he said after taking 1500m silver in Stavanger.
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.
After a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISU is happy to organize the Junior World Cup Speed Skating again this season. The three-leg series features two back-to-back weekends in Inzell, Germany (27-28 November and 4-5 December 2021), and the final in Innsbruck, Austria (22-23 January 2022). With a field made up of Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games medal winners, the offspring of past Champions, and new names for the future, the Junior World Cup provides an exciting international platform for the Speed Skating stars of tomorrow.
Ning Zhongyan (CHN) is gearing up well for the Olympic Games on home ice in February. The 22-year-old Chinese middle-distance specialist won his career-second ISU World Cup Speed Skating gold in the Men’s 1500m in Stavanger on Sunday. Tatsuya Shinhama (JPN) won his second 500m race of the new World Cup season, but Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) held on to the lead in the ranking, finishing second and only 0.03s behind the Japanese World Sprint Champion.
After a bronze medal in Friday’s 1000m and a silver in Saturday’s 500m, Nao Kodaira (JPN) completed the medal set with gold in Sunday’s 500m at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Stavanger, Norway. Coming second after three victories, Erin Jackson (USA) retained the lead in the 500m World Cup classification. Miho Takagi (JPN) strengthened her lead in the 1500m World Cup with a back-to-back win following her success in Poland last week.
Nils van der Poel (SWE) received the Oscar Mathisen Award for the most impressive Speed Skating Performance of last season, just after he had showcased one of the most impressive performances of the current season in Stavanger today. The Swedish World Record Holder was in a league of his own in the only 10,000m race of this World Cup Season, leaving the rest of the field more than 17 seconds behind. Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) won the Men’s 500 metres and China took Team Sprint Gold.
Following her maiden World Cup win in Poland last week, Erin Jackson (USA) claimed her third Gold Medal in a row in the Women’s 500 metres during the second day of the World Cup in Stavanger. Nao Kodaira (JPN) finished second, with Kaja Ziomek (POL) – The 24-year-old Sprinter who would later win in the Women’s Team Sprint – finishing third.
Irene Schouten (NED) continued to dominate the long distances in the ISU World Cup. Fresh from victory in last weekend’s 3000m, she was the only one to produce a negative split in the 5000m on Friday to add another gold medal to her tally. Brittany Bowe (USA) kept up her own winning ways in the 1000m in Stavanger.
The Dutch repeated last week’s clean sweep in the Men’s 1000m but the order was different at the second leg of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Stavanger. Thomas Krol (NED), who finished second in Poland, stood on top after what third-placed Kjeld Nuis labelled “the strongest event in Men’s Speed Skating at the moment". Kai Verbij took silver this time while Hein Otterspeer (NED) had to settle for eighth place after his victory last weekend.
After an exciting start to the 2021/22 ISU World Cup Speed Skating season, competition continues with the second installment in Stavanger, Norway this Friday. Sverre Lunde Pedersen (NOR) missed last week’s opening World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) after a nasty bike crash last May and returns to the ice in front of his home crowd.
Douwe de Vries (NED) knows as well as anyone that there is arguably no team in sport harder to get in to than the Dutch Olympic Speed Skating squad. The long-distance specialist may have been a five-time Team Pursuit World Single Distance Champion but even he never made it on to Olympic ice. Now, at the start of a season that culminates in the biggest event of them all, the Dutchman reveals just what it is like to fight to represent the most successful nation in Speed Skating history.