Pasta or skating fast? Well, the Italian Short Track Speed Skaters like it both! We joined the Italian Team on qualification day at the 2023 KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Championships in Seoul (KOR) and got a glimpse on how they battle through a tough and long day of racing.
From tasting the best coffees around the hotel in Seoul (KOR) to testing the ice. the Canadian team shows you everything they did leading up to competition day at the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Championships!
The International Skating Union is up 8 places to a top 10 overall position driven by a rise in fan growth and engagements following the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The Short Track Skating season came to a climatic end at the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Championships 2023 in Seoul, South Korea, where newly crowned Crystal Globe Trophy winner Park Ji Won skated to two golds on home ice. In addition to Park's achievements, four-time gold medalist Xandra Velzeboer from Netherlands as well as Suzanne Schulting (NED), Pietro Sighel from Italy and Lin Xiaojun from China also lit up the venue, which was full of excited and emotional fans.
Xandra Velzeboer (NED) pulled off a massive upset to win the World title in the Women’s 1000m on the final day of action at the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2023, going on to add two more golds in the relays to bring her World title tally for the weekend to four.
Park Ji Won (KOR) sent the Seoul crowd into raptures with a second World title of the weekend as Lin Xiaojun (CHN) completed a special comeback on his home ice on the final day of the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
The home crowd celebrated their first gold of the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul as the unstoppable Park Ji Won (KOR) won the 1500m before Italy’s Pietro Sighel sprinted to eternal glory.
There was Dutch delight but home disappointment at the KB Financial Group ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul (KOR) as Suzanne Schulting (NED) beat Choi Min Jeong in the 1500m and Xandra Velzeboer (NED) led an Oranje 1-2-3 in the 500m.
Courtney Sarault (CAN) has been firing on all cylinders this ISU Short Track Speed Skating season, highlighted by a second place overall in the World Cup standings, behind only the all-conquering Suzanne Schulting (NED).
Kim leads the charge for new Korean Short Track generation. Kim Gilli (KOR) recently made a YouTube video for a Korean fan channel in which she declared: Suzanne, I am coming!
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize achievements of women in the Ice Skating world. In the following lines, we will focus on four women coaches who are paving the way for future generations.
The International Skating Union (ISU) is pleased to have the KB Financial Group as the title sponsor for the final event of the Short Track season. “Throughout the years, KB has been a strong supporter of skating and the athletes.” Said Jae Youl Kim, president of the ISU “We are thrilled to have KB as the title sponsor of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2023 in Seoul. Together with KB, we look forward to a very exciting event for the skaters and all fans worldwide.”
On December 4, 2022, the International Skating Union (ISU) together with a variety of partners, national federations and skating clubs from all over the globe celebrated the first ever World Ice Skating Day (WISD). This inaugural edition was a success with events organized in 47 countries and at 170 ice rinks worldwide (read here). To boost a competitive spirit amongst the WISD organizers, the ISU announced the “Best WISD 2022” contest, which aims at rewarding the most successful WISD actions based on a list of specific criteria and targets (read here). Among the 25 nominees shortlisted for the 2022 Awards, the ISU is delighted to announce Indonesia (Federasi Ice Skating Indonesia) as winner of the Best WISD 2022 in the 500+ attending participants category, together with Mexico for the category involving less than 500 participants. The Ice Academy of Montreal (CAN) won the Best #WISDance category, awarding the most creative WISD signature choreography.
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency's (RUSADA's) disciplinary tribunal rendered a decision in the case of Russian Figure Skater, Kamila Valieva, finding that although the athlete had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, she bore “no fault or negligence” for it. As such, the tribunal imposed no sanction except for the disqualification of her results at the Russian Figure Skating Championship in Saint-Petersburg in December 2021.
Abzal Azhgaliyev (KAZ) points toward a mountain range that provides a stunning backdrop for the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s former capital. It is where the 30-year-old and his fellow skaters on the Kazakh national team spent last summer, training at altitude in a bid to reach new heights on the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stage.