Elizaveta Tuktamysheva skated to the gold and led a Russian sweep in the Ladies event. Elena Radionova took the silver medal and Anna Pogorilaya claimed the bronze.
Heather Richardson (USA) and her boyfriend 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.
With his 5000m win Bergsma gave the Netherlands its 100th World Cup gold in that distance. It is the first World Cup distance in which this milestone is reached. In the ladies’ 1500m the USA took the double again with Brittany Bowe securing silver behind Richardson. They repeated their 1500m result from Heerenveen in December. Five skaters improved their personal best times.
For the first time in history a World Cup weekend will determine the quota for the World Allround Championships, which will take place in Calgary in March. A top-24 with a maximum of three skaters per country will qualify, with eight places for ladies and eleven for men pre-qualified. Sunday will be D-day for a couple of skaters.
Russia’s Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov took the lead in the Pairs Short Program ahead of teammates Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres of France came third.
Javier Fernandez of Spain claimed his third European title while Russia’s Maxim Kovtun and Sergei Voronov took the silver and bronze medals.
Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France took the European Ice Dance crown. Italians Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte claimed the silver medal and Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin captured the bronze in their debut at the event