Shaolin and Shaoang Liu (HUN) brought the opening ISU Short Track World Cup of the 2018/2019 season to a sensational conclusion, inspiring Olympic champions Hungary to a new world record of 6:28.625 in the final of the men’s 5000m relay.
Japan’s two-time Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu dominated the Men’s event at the Helsinki Grand Prix on Sunday. Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Republic of Korea’s Junhwan Cha.
Wu Dajing (CHN) proved that he remains the man to beat over speed skating’s shortest and wildest distance, kicking off the 2018/2019 ISU Short Track World Cup season by winning the Men’s 500m (1) race on a day of thrills and spills at the Calgary Olympic Oval.
Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin of Russia triumphed in the Ice Dance event at the Helsinki Grand Prix, taking home their first Grand Prix gold. Italy’s Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri claimed the silver, their second Grand Prix medal, while Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter (USA) stepped onto the podium at a Grand Prix for the first time, taking bronze.
Russia’s Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova skated to a confident victory at the Grand Prix Helsinki on Saturday. Teammate Stanislava Konstantinova moved up from fourth to earn the silver in her Grand Prix debut while Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto rose from seventh to take the bronze.
Russians Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert skated to the first Grand Prix gold medal of their career in Helsinki on Saturday. Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise of Italy took the silver, edging newcomers Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin of Russia by less than one point. The young Russian pair earned the bronze medal in their debut on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
Camille de Serres-Rainville remembers being a wide-eyed 14-year-old, watching on her living room television, when Marianne St-Gelais captivated a nation by winning the first of her three Olympic medals at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin of Russia danced to a narrow lead in the Rhythm Dance, edging Italy’s Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri by less than a point. Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter (USA) came third as the first day of competition at the Helsinki Grand Prix concluded Friday.
Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova of Russia captured the lead in the Ladies Short Program at the Grand Prix Helsinki on Friday. In an event with some surprises, Japan’s Yuna Shiraiwa placed second, edging Loena Hendrickx of Belgium.
Italy’s Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise grabbed a narrow lead in the Pairs Short Program ahead of Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert of Russia on the first day of competition in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Helsinki on Friday.
For the first time in Short Track history, every World Cup qualifying event will be available to watch worldwide on ISU Facebook and YouTube.
Olympic Champions Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) and Alina Zagitova (RUS) will be in action at the third event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2018/19 in Helsinki (FIN) this week.