Heather Richardson (USA) and Jorrit Bergsma (NED) took gold on the first day of World Cup competition in 2015. The ladies competed in the 1500m, the men in the 5000m at the Vikingship rink in Hamar, Norway. On Sunday the men will race the 1500m and the ladies the 3000m.
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Ireen Wüst and Sven Kramer (both NED) were crowned European Champions in the Uralnaya Molniya ice rink in Chelyabinsk on Sunday. Wüst took her fourth European title and Kramer a record seventh. Martina Sábliková (CZE) and Koen Verweij (NED) had to settle for silver. Linda de Vries (NED) and Denis Yuskov (RUS) took bronze...
Mostly thanks to their 500m wins World Allround Champions Ireen Wüst and Koen Verweij (NED) are in the lead after the first day of the ISU European Championships. They both face a tough battle if they want to be crowned overall winners after four distances on Sunday. Martina Sábliková (CZE) and Sven Kramer won the 5000m and they are within striking distance. With 4,000 spectators in the Uralskaya Molniya indoor rink, the Russian city of Chelyabinsk is the proud host of its first...
The ISU Speed Skating Championships season starts on Saturday January 10, 2015 with the ISU European Championships. The allround winners will be crowned on Sunday January 11. The races will take place in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk
On the final day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating weekend in Heerenveen’s skating arena Thialf, Jan Szymanski (POL) won the 1500m for the second week in a row. The Bergsma home had a good day with a strong solo victory for Jorrit Bergsma (NED) in the mass start and two gold medals for his girlfriend Heather Richardson (USA) on the 500m and the 1500m. Ivanie Blondin (CAN) won the Ladies’ Mass Start and Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) again won the 500m. Seven skaters improved their personal best times. After the final World Cup event in 2014, Ireen Wüst (NED) and Kulizhnikov lead the Grand World Cup.
Sven Kramer (NED) took the first home gold in the fourth leg of ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen, when the Dutch men clinched the top four spots in the 5000m. In the Ladies’ 1000m Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe topped the podium for the USA. The Dutch ladies continued their winning streak in the Team Pursuit and thus won the final World Cup ranking. Russian rocket Pavel Kulizhnikov skated his first sub-1:09 to take gold in the 1000m.
The Korean men clinched this season’s Team Pursuit World Cup, when they won the third and final leg in this event in Heerenveen on Friday. Martina Sábliková (CZE) defeated Ireen Wüst (NED) in a fierce battle in the Ladies’ 3000m and Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) took gold in the 500m for Ladies. Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) dominated the Men’s 500m in a personal best time. Ten other skaters set a personal best on Friday and Christian Oberbichler (SWI) even broke the Swiss national record, when he finished his 500m in 35.71.
The Polish revolution continued with the first 1500m victory for Jan Szymanski (POL) and another 500m win for Artur Was (POL) on the final day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating weekend in Berlin. Norway took both silvers. A tight win for Ireen Wüst (NED) over Heather Richardson (USA) and Marrit Leenstra (NED) made the 1500m ladies exciting and Sang-Hwa Lee took another 500m win. Irene Schouten (NED) and Seung-Hoon Lee (KOR) took gold in the Mass Start. Five skaters improved their personal best times, bringing the total of this weekend to 27, including four national records.
German gold and silver for Nico Ihle and Samuel Schwarz in the Men’s 1000m was the highlight of the second day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating races in Berlin on Saturday. In the Ladies’ 1000m Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson topped the podium for the USA. Dutchmen Jorrit Bergsma and Douwe de Vries sandwiched Norwegian Sverre Lunde Pedersen on the 5000m podium and the Dutch ladies continued their winning streak in the Team Pursuit, followed by the strong Polish team. On Saturday 8 skaters improved their personal best times, which adds up to 22 personal bests for the weekend.
It was a historic Friday for Polish skating in Berlin. After Artur Was (POL) grabbed his career first World Cup victory in the Men’s 500m, his compatriots Zbigniew Bródka, Jan Szymanski and Konrad Niedzwiedzki clinched the first Polish World Cup gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit to wrap up the first day of the third leg in the ISU World Cup Speed Skating series 2014/15. World Cup leader Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) crashed in the final pair of the 500m. Ireen Wüst (NED) won the 3.000m for Ladies and Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) took her fourth World Cup win of the season in the Ladies’ 500m.
With Chinese, Russian, Czech and Italian victories, there was nothing to be seen of last season’s Dutch dominance on the final day of the second leg of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating series in Seoul. The Korean World Cup weekend finished with the Ladies’ 1000m, the men’s second 500m, and the Mass Start for both men and Ladies. In total eight different nationalities topped the podiums.
Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) took revenge, Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) kept winning and Marrit Leenstra (NED) beat fellow-Dutch Ireen Wüst. Leg two of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating series 2014/15 in Seoul (KOR) continued with the Men’s 10,000m, the Ladies’ second 500m, the Men’s 1000m and the Ladies’ 1500m on Saturday. In all distances except for the 500m, the Track Record was broken and two skaters set personal best times. Experience proved to be the key in the longest distance, in which 38-year-old Bob de Jong (NED) won with daylight between him and his opponents.
The second leg of ISU World Cup Speed Skating series 2014/15 started in Seoul (KOR). 42-year-old Claudia Pechtstein (GER) won the Ladies’ 5000m, Noa Kodaira (JPN) beat Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) in the ladies’ 500m, Sverre Lunde Pedersen (NOR) took his first World Cup win in the 1500m and Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) blasted to another 500m win.
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating series continued with the 1500m, the second 500m and the Mass Start for both Ladies and Men on Sunday. Both 1500m and 500m races were won in track record times and five skaters improved their personal best, bringing this weekend’s total to 17. Vanessa Bittner even set a new national record for Austria in the 500m: 38.33.