Pumping pop music is the order of the day for most Short Track Speed Skating events – but Itzhak de Laat isn’t listening in.
Kristen Santos (USA) broke through in Nagoya for her first individual ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating medal, claiming bronze in the Ladies’ 1000m.
Could China’s Short Track Speed Skaters soon be dazzling fans with versions of Victor An’s fabled ‘outside pass’? It is a strong possibility with the Olympic king set to coach the nation’s best through to Beijing 2022.
Plenty of USA athletes have been excellent at two different sports – there is a significant crossover between baseball, American football and basketball – but not many have managed to combine talents in fields as radically different as those in which Eddy Alvarez has excelled.
Short Track Speed Skating’s appeal is built on battles between fiercely competitive, difficult-to-separate racers. We explore the sport’s most tumultuous tussles – and who came out on top.
Short Track Speed Skater Martina Valcepina remains a force in the Ladies’ 3000m Relay – and has a strong Italian team alongside her to strengthen her chances of success.
July 30th is the International Day of Friendship – and the world of Short Track Speed Skating is home to one of the friendliest groups of athletes in sport. Even though all our competitors always want to beat each other on the ice, on the sidelines there is a great sense of unity and fellowship.
As the second ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating weekend of the 2019/20 season concluded in Montreal, a little-known young skater from the Philippines stayed behind to train with the host nation’s celebrated team, including three-time Olympic champion Charles Hamelin. Julian Macaraeg became, in January, the first athlete from his nation to qualify for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games following a strong performance at the ISU Junior World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything – and summer training for Short Track Speed Skating is no exception. Getting on the ice for some laps is out. Going to gyms and national training centers has stopped. And there’s been no chance of cycling in groups. Our athletes, however, have improvised and overcome. They know that an effective summer can lead to a glorious winter – so they’ve been staying active in any way they can, and sharing the results on Instagram.
An Kai remembers the moment he first walked into the towering Bird’s Nest stadium during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. An was just 12 at the time, and the local roller skating team he competed for in his home town of Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China, had organized a trip to watch the opening ceremony.
Some amazing moments were captured during the ISU Short Track Speed Skating season. Take a look at them in motion with a short compilation.
A year can be a long time in sport, and – in the case of Deanna Lockett – time enough to assume an entirely new nationality.