Kai Verbij has won the inaugural Men’s European Sprint title to the delight of the home crowd in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, on Day 2 of the ISU European Speed Skating Championships. Compatriot Ireen Wüst also gave the crowd a title to cheer for, when she took her career fifth Ladies’ European Allround crown.
Dutchman Kai Verbij is on course to win the inaugural Men’s European Sprint title, but he still faces tough competition. His compatriot Ireen Wüst took a big lead in the Ladies’ allround tournament on Day 1 of the ISU European Speed Skating Championships.
The New Year starts with a new format in Speed Skating from January 6-8. Heerenveen’s Thialf stadium will host the first ever ISU European Speed Skating Championships combining the inaugural European Sprint and traditional European Allround competitions
ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2017 - Gangneung (KOR) Media Accreditations are now open.
China’s Jing Yu and Japan’s Miho Takagi took their second gold medal of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Astana on Sunday. Russia dominated the Men’s events with gold for Ruslan Murashov in the 500m and Denis Yuskov in the 1500m.
All three individual distances on day 2 of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Astana got first time winners. Dutchman Dai Dai Ntab took his maiden victory in the men’s 500m, Japanese Miho Takagi did the same in the Ladies’ 1000m, as did Canadian Vincent De Haitre in the Men’s 1000m.
The ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating this season will feature fresh and familiar prodigies. As of the 2016/17 season a competition for neo seniors is added to the Junior World Cup, which will hand skaters who have not yet reached World Cup level in the senior ranks a chance to develop further internationally.
Heather Bergsma (USA) and Jorrit Bergsma (NED) took one victory each; Nao Kodaira (JPN) gave the home crowd reason for celebration, while Bo-Reum Kim (KOR) won the Ladies’ Mass Start. Nico Ihle (GER) took a surprise gold in the 500 m.
Heather Bergsma (USA) and Kjeld Nuis (NED) defend their victories in the Ladies’ and Men’s 1000 m respectively. Netherlands won both Team Pursuit races.
Martina Sábliková (CZE) and Sven Kramer (NED) confirmed their supremacy both winning in new track records.
Sven Kramer took a surprise win in the 1500m on the final day of the first ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series 2016/17 in Harbin. Heather Bergsma (USA) took the Ladies’1500m gold and Nao Kodaira (JPN) grabbed her second 500m gold of the weekend on Sunday.