Nao Kodaira (JPN) blamed high air pressure for her missing a 500m world record on Friday, but she made amends by skating the fastest ever Ladies 1000m in 1 minute, 12.09 seconds in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
While Nao Kodaira (JPN) rules the Ladies 500m, her compatriot Miho Takagi is queen in the ‘Race of the Kings’. On Saturday in Salt Lake City, Takagi maintained her immaculate record in the 1500m World Cup, taking her fourth gold this season. Marrit Leenstra (NED) and Yekaterina Shikhova (RUS) took silver and bronze respectively.
After falling agonizingly short a week ago, Denis Yuskov (RUS) lived up to expectations and wrote his name in the history books when he skated 1 minute and 41.02 seconds in the 1500m in Salt Lake City to take gold and shave 0.02 seconds off the world record.
It was Nao Kodaira (JPN) leading the way yet again in the Ladies 500m on the second day of World Cup racing in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Finishing in 36.54 seconds, she was 0.04 slower than the day before, but the 31-year-old World Champion has clocked the second and third best time ever over 500m this weekend.
Further to the IOC Executive Board decision of 5 December 2017 with regards to the Russian participation at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
The Canadian men made amends on Friday for their crash in the Team Pursuit in front of a home crowd in Calgary last week. Ted-Jan Bloemen, Denny Morrison and Benjamin Donnelly (CAN) won the Team Pursuit in Salt Lake City in a national record of 3 minutes and 36.44 seconds.
It does not seem to matter who skates for Japan alongside Miho and Nana Takagi in the Ladies Team Pursuit. As long as the sisters take the ice, it’s world record time.
After winning his first individual World Cup gold in the 500m in Calgary last week, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (CAN) immediately added another on the opening day in Salt Lake City on Friday as he set a season best time of 34.15 seconds.
Nao Kodaira (JPN) added another World Cup 500m gold to her tally on the first day of the Salt Lake City World Cup.
After her 5000m gold in Stavanger two weeks ago, veteran Claudia Pechstein (GER) claimed another World Cup victory when she crossed the line first in the mass start in Calgary on Sunday.