The off-season does not mean that the Skaters are just on vacation. Besides summer training and making new programs, there are a lot of things going on in the skating world. Let’s see what has happened in the past few weeks.
The Speed Skating community sadly lost an Olympic champion. On Saturday, May 20 2023, Richard “Terry” McDermott (USA) passed away at age 82. McDermott won 500m gold at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck (AUT), and was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1977. Terry is also famous for his television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show during which the Beatles pop band was also invited.
Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe, American Pair Skaters with Asian heritage, praise Figure Skating for being a safe space for inclusion.
This video takes you behind the scenes, providing a glimpse into the intense preparation and the deep emotional connection that Sara and Niccolo share. It unveils the untold stories of their triumphs and setbacks, shedding light on overcoming grief during the tumultuous times of the pandemic and indomitable spirit that have carried them to this groundbreaking moment.
It is with great sadness that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the passing of the famous Dutch Speed Skating coach Leen Pfrommer, who died at the age of 87 in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Pfrommer was passionate about Speed Skating and coached several generations of top Dutch skaters, including Ard Schenk (NED), the prolific athlete who won three gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo (JPN).
It was a Short Track season with more than ever at stake, as the ISU announced the introduction of the brand-new Crystal Globe trophies for the season’s best skaters.
In the world of sports, the bond between a coach and an athlete is often revered and celebrated. But what happens when that coach happens to be your sister? Meet Kimmy Repond (SUI), an exceptional athlete whose story is a testament to the power of family bonds and the unwavering support they can provide.
When Keegan Messing steps on to the ice, you can be sure that he has the crowd on his side. The Canadian did not need any major international championships titles to his name to become one of the most popular Skaters on the circuit – no matter if he performed in North America, in Europe or in Asia. With the end of the 2022/23 season, the now 31-year-old has bowed out of competition.
Post-Olympic years often hand a chance to upcoming talents to make a name for themselves, but hardly ever did a new kid on the block enter the international Speed Skating elite with such brutal force as Jordan Stolz (USA) did last season.
As the Helsinki Rockettes prepared for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2023, the team’s dedication and hard work were evident in their daily routine. The team achieved a second place finish at the ISU World Championships in Lake Placid (USA). Their performance was a testament to their hard work, dedication and talent.
Japanese Ice Dance Champions Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi that opened new doors in the sport have retired from competitive skating. The popular dance team announced their decision first on their Instagram account.
Each season has something special about it. A post-Olympic season is not always easy with some top stars retiring or taking a break. At the same time, it is a chance for new talents to shine and for veterans to renew themselves. Historical achievements and new names coming up highlighted the 2022/23 Season.
Speed Skating fans, get ready to mark your calendars! The International Skating Union (ISU) has released its competition calendar for the next four seasons of Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating, and it promises to be an exciting few years for fans of the sport. From ISU World Championships to ISU World Cups, there will be no shortage of thrilling events to watch.
What. A. Senior debut! Jordan Stolz (USA) had the time of his life at the 2023 ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen (NED), winning three gold medals in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.
On September 29, 2022, Solène Mazingue (EST) suffered a fall during training at the Ice Academy of Montreal in Canada. She was rushed to the hospital and after a scan, doctors determined she needed surgery to stop internal bleeding in her head. Solène’s is a story of resilience and inspiration. She didn’t let this accident dictate the outcome of her life. Her partner Marko Gaidajenko (EST) has been with her along the way, showing her unconditional love and support.