Saturday’s action at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing is all about the fast and the furious, with the Men’s 500m on the program. Home favorite Gao Tingyu (CHN) showed the fastest ever opener with 9.32s at the first World Cup this season, but World Cup leader Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) has been most consistent, being on the podium in all eight races and winning two. For Håvard Lorentzen (NOR), defending his 2018 title will be an uphill battle: “I am not as strong as I was four years ago,” he said.
Flying Dutchwoman Suzanne Schulting defended her Olympic title in the 1000m in a dramatic Final. Korea’s Minjeong Choi claimed silver and Hanne Desmet of Belgium earned the bronze.
Patrick Roest (NED) knew he had to do ‘something really special’, to beat Nils van der Poel (SWE) in the 10,000m on Friday. After having won the 5000m by a small margin last Sunday, the Swedish long distance-machine shifted to another gear again and hammered out an incredible word record of 12 minutes and 30.74 seconds. Roest had to settle for silver trailing by 13.85 seconds, and Davide Ghiotto (ITA) took bronze at 15.24s.
Douwe de Vries (NED) was elected on February 11, 2022 to the ISU Athletes Commission as the Speed Skating representative.
2018 Olympic silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) headline the Ice Dance field as the Figure Skating events continue on Saturday at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games with the Rhythm Dance. Competition promises to be exciting with several strong couples in the medal hunt.
The International Skating Union (ISU) duly noted the press release issued by the International Testing Agency (ITA) and at this time it has nothing to add other than the below.
Nils van der Poel (SWE) will start the Men’s 10,000m as main favorite, having won the world title with a superb world record on lowland track Heerenveen (NED) last season. The 25-year-old Swede started his Olympic campaign in Beijing with a hard-fought gold in the 5000m on Sunday. His Dutch rival Patrick Roest (NED) took silver in the 5000m, but he was happy to have closed the big early-season gap at the National Speed Skating Oval between him and Van der Poel.
The closer she comes to the line, the faster she gets. Irene Schouten (NED) is the only woman who’s able to bring her lap times down when the going gets tough. Adding the 5000m Olympic gold to Saturday’s 3000m title, the 29-year-old Dutchwoman reigns supreme in the Women’s long distances at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) stepped up from 3000m bronze to 5000m silver, and Martina Sáblíková (CZE) seized bronze to complete her medal set in the distance.
Flying Dutchwoman Suzanne Schulting and Italy’s golden girl Arianna Fontana are in the center of attention as the Short Track competition continues Friday at the Beijing Capital Indoor Stadium with the Women’s 1000m, the Men’s 500m Heats and the Men’s 5000m Relay.
Three-time ISU World Champion Nathan Chen (USA) took the Olympic crown at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the Capital Indoor Gymnasium on Thursday. Yuma Kagiyama of Japan skated off with the silver in his Olympic debut, while his teammate Shoma Uno earned his second individual Olympic medal, the bronze.
Hwang Dae-heon of Korea triumphed in the Men’s 1500m to take his first Olympic gold medal. Canada’s Steven Dubois clinched the silver, while Semen Elistratov (ROC) earned the bronze. Earlier today the favorites in the Women’s Heats and the Women’s 3000m Relays advanced.
After a day’s rest at Beijing’s National Speed Skating Oval, Speed Skating competition resumes with the Women’s 5000m. After having started the Olympic Games with 3000m gold, Irene Schouten (NED) is the one to beat again. The imperious Dutch Skater is the only one in the Women’s field to skate a negative split in the longest distance, a feat that gives her just a little bit extra in the gruesome final laps. Long distance World Cup leader Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) will probably be Schouten’s main rival.
Inspired by the monumental 1500m win by Ireen Wüst (NED) on Monday, Kjeld Nuis (NED) retained his Olympic 1500m title in Beijing on Tuesday. Thomas Krol (NED) skated a blistering 1500m himself, but had to settle for silver. Kim Min-Seok (KOR) took bronze, joining Nuis on the podium like he did four years ago.
Canada’s Short Track legend Charles Hamelin gets in action in the Men’s 1500m as the Short Track competition continues on Wednesday at the Beijing Capital Indoor Stadium. The Women’s events continue with the 1000m heats and the 3000m semifinals.