A Speed Skating blade needs to be sharp to provide maximum grip on the ice at 60 km/h, but when a skater crashes the blades become dangerous weapons. In October 2015, Håvard Lorentzen's left skate slipped away when he entered a corner in a fast training lap at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell. When he hit the cushions, his left skate cut into his right leg almost from the knee to the ankle. When he looked down, the 2012 ISU World Junior Speed Skating Champion was not sure whether he would be able to ever skate again.
The joyful Thialf crowd had already heard the Dutch national anthem eight times and the Russian national anthem five times, when the Men's Mass Start bunch entered the rink for the final event at the ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2020. However, never in history, had La Brabançonne, the Belgian national anthem, been played at a major international Speed Skating tournament before. Bart Swings changed it all.
Ivanie Blondin (CAN) used to be a specialist in the Speed Skating Mass Start. Last season, she won her first ISU World Cup Speed Skating race in a classic distance, taking gold in the 3000m in Erfurt, and this season she really found her groove in Nur-Sultan breaking two track records and winning three gold medals.
At the first two ISU World Cup Speed Skating events, in Minsk and Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Patrick Roest had crushed the opposition in the 5000m. The third leg in Nur-Sultan featured the only 10,000m of the Men's ISU World Cup Speed Skating series 2019/20.
It was the first time out and no one knew what to expect, but the Mixed Gender Relay on the Sunday of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final tasted like more. China's Li Qishi and Kahanbai Alemasi will go down in history as the first winners of the new event, which concluded the 2019/20 season in Heerenveen. The participants unanimously agreed that the Mixed Gender Relay has a lot of potential for the future. "I hope so," Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) said. "I hope the crowd liked it, it was fun to do."
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final took place last weekend from March 7 - 8, 2020 in Heerenveen (NED). As the newly crowned overall ISU World Cup Speed Skating champions stepped off the ice, the ISU was waiting for them to step into the spotlight to conduct interviews. All interviews are available on social media and have been filmed in an exciting and accessible manner so Speed Skating fans across the world can watch, comment, share, engage and simply enjoy the content.
Sverre Lunde Pedersen already won three silver medals at the ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships. This weekend the 27-year-old Norwegian hopes to redeem himself from a season full of physical discomfort, when he starts in front of a home crowd at the ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Hamar.
The ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships took place from February 13-16, 2020 in Salt Lake City (USA). 16 champions were crowned, and world records broken. As the newly crowned champions stepped off the ice, the ISU was waiting for them to step into the spotlight to conduct interviews in a new and fun format. All interviews are available on social media and have been filmed in an exciting and accessible manner so Speed Skating fans across the world can watch, comment, share, engage and simply enjoy the content.
The clap skate caused a Speed Skating revolution in 1997. In the 1997/98 Speed Skating season nine out of ten world records in both the men's and women's events were broken thanks to the innovation. But it wasn't as new an idea as it seemed to be. The first patent for a clap skate was granted to one Charles Corneby in England in 1884, but somehow the idea was never put into practice in international competition.
Getting to the top is not easy, staying there is even more difficult. After winning Olympic 500m Speed Skating gold, the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships title and the 500m as well as the overall ISU World Cup Speed Skating in 2018 Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) was struggling to get back to winning ways last season.
Norway and the Netherlands dominated Speed Skating in the 1970s, but the most significant innovator in the sport during that era came from Switzerland. Franz Krienbühl (SUI) was the first to enter the Speed Skating rink in a one-piece skin suit in 1974.