With nine gold, six silver and nine bronze medals in the junior and neo-senior competitions combined, Russia dominated the second leg of the ISU Junior World Cup in Helsinki. The ice cold Oulunkylän liikuntapuisto outdoor rink also witnessed a new talent with a familiar name on the podium. Victoria Stirnemann (GER), daughter of three-time Olympic Champion and eight-time World Allround Champion Gunda Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, won her career first Junior World Cup medals.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has chosen Infront as a media rights partner for the next four seasons.
We are shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of John Coughlin.
Pavel Kulizhnikov is the fastest man on skates. In 2015 he beat the 500m World Record in Salt Lake City (USA) in 33.98 seconds. To this date no one else managed to skate the 500m under 34 seconds. The 24-year-old Russian began Speed Skating when he was 12 years old and his talent for the sport was evident from the start. "I appeared to make progress way faster than most other kids", he says.
Verbij wins men's Sprint title, while de Jong enjoys maiden triumph in ladies' Allround, Kramer takes European Allround title and Herzog speeds to Sprint Glory.
Further to the decision of the 56th ISU Ordinary Congress 2016 in Dubrovnik (CRO) to introduce an ISU Athletes Commission and following the election of ISU Office Holders during the 57th ISU Ordinary Congress 2018 in Seville (ESP), the elections for the ISU Athletes Commission are to take place in 2019.
Sven Kramer (NED) remains the Allround king of Europe. The 32-year-old Dutchman kept heir apparent and team-mate Patrick Roest at bay to collect his record-extending 10th European Allround title on Sunday. Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen clinched the overall bronze, with experience key on the outside track at Collalbo.
Vanessa Herzog (AUT) kept her Russian rivals at bay with a superb second 500m to take the European Sprint title in picturesque Collalbo on Sunday. Daria Kachanova (RUS) secured silver, beating the 13-year-old track record in the 1000m on the way, while her compatriot Olga Fatkulina took the overall bronze.
Dutch sprint sensation Kai Verbij (NED) is top of the European pile for the second time. Having won the inaugural European Sprint Championships in Heerenveen two years ago, the 24-year-old clinched the title again in Collalbo on Saturday. The Dutchman won the first three distances before taking silver in the final 1000m to clinch overall success. Norwegian pair Håvard Lorentzen and Henrik Fagerli Rukke went home with silver and bronze respectively. In the men's Allround tournament Patrick Roest (NED) holds the lead after two distances.
Antoinette de Jong (NED) was crowned European Allround Speed Skating Champion for the first time after two days of hard-fought competition in Collalbo. The two-time bronze-medal winner set herself up for her maiden title by winning the first three distances before finishing second in the final event, the 5000m. Czech Republic’s Martina Sáblíková won the 5000m to clinch second place overall, while Francesca Lollobrigida (ITA) collected the bronze medal. In the ladies' sprint tournament Vanessa Herzog (AUT) took the lead on Day 1.
Kai Verbij (NED) took the lead in the Men's tournament on the first day of the ISU European Sprint Championships in Collalbo. The defending champion enjoyed a stroke of good fortune after his compatriot Kjeld Nuis (NED) was disqualified in the 1000m. Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) is second and his countryman Henrik Fagerli Rukke third.
Antoinette de Jong (NED) arrived in new territory on the first day of the ISU European Allround Championships in Collalbo, Italy, on Friday. The bronze medalist of the previous two European Championships won the 500m and the 3000m and leads the classification. "I am used to chasing others, and now I'm the one who's being chased," she said. Francesca Lollobrigida (ITA) is ranked second and Ireen Wüst (NED) third.
With its idyllic mountain setting, the outdoor Ritten Arena in Collalbo is the favorite training rink of many international Speed Skaters, but this weekend the relaxed training paradise will be a merciless battleground for the European Allround and Sprint titles.