It is two down, three to go for Hungary’s Liu brothers after the pair proved a class apart as they grabbed a double gold-silver at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on Saturday.
Antoinette de Jong (NED) was crowned European Allround Speed Skating Champion for the first time after two days of hard-fought competition in Collalbo. The two-time bronze-medal winner set herself up for her maiden title by winning the first three distances before finishing second in the final event, the 5000m. Czech Republic’s Martina Sáblíková won the 5000m to clinch second place overall, while Francesca Lollobrigida (ITA) collected the bronze medal. In the ladies' sprint tournament Vanessa Herzog (AUT) took the lead on Day 1.
A text message from stricken superstar Sjinkie Knegt is serving to inspire the hometown Dutch squad as the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships got off to an emotional start in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on Friday.
Kai Verbij (NED) took the lead in the Men's tournament on the first day of the ISU European Sprint Championships in Collalbo. The defending champion enjoyed a stroke of good fortune after his compatriot Kjeld Nuis (NED) was disqualified in the 1000m. Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) is second and his countryman Henrik Fagerli Rukke third.
Antoinette de Jong (NED) arrived in new territory on the first day of the ISU European Allround Championships in Collalbo, Italy, on Friday. The bronze medalist of the previous two European Championships won the 500m and the 3000m and leads the classification. "I am used to chasing others, and now I'm the one who's being chased," she said. Francesca Lollobrigida (ITA) is ranked second and Ireen Wüst (NED) third.
The current season marked a breakthrough for Italian Ice Dancers Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri. The amicable couple from Milan has been close to the podium at the Grand Prix events in the past few years, but this season they claimed their first medals, silver at Skate America and another silver at the Helsinki Grand Prix. They went on to take the bronze in what was their debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
With its idyllic mountain setting, the outdoor Ritten Arena in Collalbo is the favorite training rink of many international Speed Skaters, but this weekend the relaxed training paradise will be a merciless battleground for the European Allround and Sprint titles.
The ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships begin Friday January 11 in the Dutch city of Dordrecht. The best European Skaters will be competing for the top place on the podium. You don’t want to miss out.
The ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships take place at the Sportboulevard, Dordrecht from January 11-13, and promise to be a fascinating test for the continent’s top Skaters.
Today, Brian Orser might be one of the best coaches in the World, working out of the Toronto Cricket Club with stars such as Yuzuru Hanyu, Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown, Gabrielle Daleman and Javier Fernandez.
Short Track spent an age in Long Track’s shadow – but now the Netherlands are back in style. Discipline Manager Wilf O’Reilly explains how it happened.
New skates, coaches, countries, languages, techniques, mental focus and tattoos – the season following an Olympic Games allows athletes to try new things, and skaters on the ISU World Cup Short Track circuit take every chance to test what could make them go even faster at the next Games.