The Olympic Oval in Calgary confirmed its status as one of the fastest ice rinks in the World with 59 personal best times and 20 national records on Day 1 of the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships. Nao Kodaira is on course for her career first World Sprint Title, and the Men’s tournament is very close, with Kai Verbij (NED) defending a 0.11 lead over Germany’s Nico Ihle.
The 48th ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships will be held on the fast ice of the Calgary Olympic Oval in Canada, which will host these Championships for the fifth time in history. Only Heerenveen (NED) hosted the tournament more often (six times).
Dutch skaters Chris Huizinga and Jutta Leerdam grabbed the Men’s and Ladies’ Allround gold at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships on February 17-19, 2017. Norway’s Allan Dahl Johansson and Russia’s Daria Kachanova both grabbed two single distance titles at the artificial outdoor rink of Oulunkylä Sport Park in Helsinki.
USA’s Nathan Chen skated to victory in the Men’s event. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan moved up from third to claim the silver and Shoma Uno, also of Japan, earned the bronze.
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China skated off with the Pairs gold. Canadians Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford and Liubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch picked up the silver and bronze medals.