Short Track Speed Skating fans who want to determine the health of their sport – as well as earmark potential future Champions – always watch the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships with interest.
From Champions stamping their authority on the ice to new names bursting into prominence, the 2019/20 Short Track Speed Skating season was chock-full of gasp-inducing performances. But for many, it was the return to competition of Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt that really tugged at the heartstrings.
If you keep heading home with silver, gold cannot be far away, as exciting young Short Track Speed Skating prospect Steven Dubois (CAN) proved at the penultimate 2019/20 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stop in Dresden, Germany.
One of Short Track Speed Skater Park Ji Won’s final utterances of the 2019/20 season was: “People need to respect me.” Given he is the Men’s World No.1, topped both the 1000m and 1500m ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating rankings and claimed the overall ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating title, it is fair to say the Korean has earned that respect.
There is no doubting the identity of the current world-leading female Short Track Speed Skater. Suzanne Schulting has been in sparkling form since grabbing 1000m gold at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games but the Dutchwoman took her level to new heights in 2019/20.
The Liu brothers – Shaolin Sandor and Shaoang – have changed the face of winter sport in their homeland. Hungary is a powerhouse in summer sports such as canoeing, fencing and swimming but, until the Lius came along, had never won a winter Olympic gold medal.
The Republic of Korea’s Hwang Dae Heon came into 2019/20 red hot. Having finished second overall at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and without Champion Lim Hyo Jun, also of Korea, in the field, he was expected to rule the roost – and at the start of the season, he did just that.
Kim Boutin had thought about walking away from Short Track Speed Skating at the end of the 2018/19 season. She wasn’t particularly enjoying herself in a sport that had dominated her life from the age of six. “I told my coach I needed something new, to have more fun, and see if I still enjoyed Short Track Speed Skating,” the Canadian said.
Dutch Short Track Speed Skater Sjinkie Knegt returns to the ice at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Dordrecht, Netherlands this weekend after being sidelined for more than a year by two horrific injuries.
Short Track skaters often describe the complex love-hate relationship they have with their sport. The sometimes desperately cruel twists of fortune
Short Track Speed Skating is in Kazuki Yoshinaga’s blood – it’s just that he hasn’t always been aware of it.
The last time Arianna Fontana took to the ice in anger it was the final of the Ladies’ 1000m at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Many of the athletes competing at this weekend’s ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Salt Lake City have travelled thousands of miles to be in Utah. Not so Maame Biney, who lives just 10 minutes up the street from Utah Olympic Oval.
A close-season trip to the Netherlands has given Canada’s Kim Boutin back her Short Track mojo, and may provide the impetus she needs to turn top-level silver into gold.
The world of a top Short Track speed skater is one of seemingly endless travel – living out of suitcases and competing in numerous different countries every year.