Issa Gunji (JPN) led Japan’s impressive medal haul at the first ISU World Cup Speed Skatingin Baselga di Piné, Italy, winning both the men’s 500m and 1000m. Metoděj Jílek (CZE) also seized two individual gold medals in the men’s competition, while Hana Noake (JPN) dominated the women’s field winning gold, silver and bronze at the outdoor rink in northern Italy.
With the international senior season well under way after the first two ISU World Cup Speed Skating events in Asia, the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating starts this weekend in Baselga de Piné, Italy. The first two of the three-legged Series are qualifying events for the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will be held at the 2018 Gangneung Olympic Oval in Gangwon (KOR) on January 19–February 1, 2024.
Despite the return of Olympic champion Irene Schouten (NED), Ragne Wiklund (NOR, pictured) took gold in the 3000m at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Beijing on Sunday. In the 500m, Erin Jackson (USA) added a second gold of the weekend to make it a three-race winning streak, before an improvised Dutch squad completed the women’s competition with victory in the Team Sprint.
Flying Dutchman Kjeld Nuis (pictured) left Beijing with a 100 percent record after beating Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) in the 1000m on Sunday to add another gold to Friday’s 1500m win. For 2018 Olympic 500m champion, Lorentzen, it was a first World Cup podium in four years, finally being able to skate freely after years of injury trouble. To wrap up the second ISU World Cup weekend of the season, Andrea Giovannini and Daniele Di Stefano made it an Italian one-two in the Mass Start, making amends for an ill-timed attack last week in Obihiro.
“He’s the best in the world right now,” said both Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) and Yuma Murakami (JPN) after they settled for silver and bronze behind Wataru Morishige (JPN, pictured) in the men’s 500m at the ISU World Cup in Beijing on Saturday. Morishige took his second gold of the weekend and his third consecutive in the World Cup. Patrick Roest (NED) made it back-to-back golds in the 5000m, while the US men won the Team Sprint in experimental fashion.
Miho Takagi (JPN) edged out Kimi Goetz (USA) by 0.01s to win her second gold medal of the weekend, ahead of Jutta Leerdam (NED), who had won her previous six 1000m World Cup races. In the Mass Start Marijke Groenewoud (NED) won after a powerful solo effort, with Canada’s Ivanie Blondin and Valérie Maltais (CAN) taking silver and bronze. Olympic champion Irene Schouten (NED) had to settle for fifth place on her return to the track where she celebrated three golds and a bronze at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
Kjeld Nuis (NED) got back in his Beijing bubble to top the 1500m podium at the second ISU World Cup of the season. In an exciting race against home skater Ning Zhongyan (CHN), the double Olympic champion won in 1:44.80, with Ning taking bronze. Wataru Morishige (JPN) won the 500m to take the sole lead in the World Cup rankings, while Olympic champion Gao Tingyu (CHN) returned to the ice with a fast time in the B Division.
Erin Jackson (USA) got back to winning ways in Beijing on Friday. At the track where she claimed Olympic 500m gold in 2022, the 31-year-old beat compatriot Kimi Goetz (USA) by 0.01s. Miho Takagi (JPN) made it back-to-back golds in the women’s 1500m, with Chinese duo Han Mei and Li Qishi sucking in the inspiration from the home crowd to take silver and bronze. It was Han's first individual World Cup medal of her career.
Speed skating is back in Beijing (CHN), cherishing the memories of the spectacular Winter Olympic Games last year. The second event of the ISU World Cup 2023/24 is the first international speed skating event to be held in the host city since the Games. With three gold medals and two bronze, Irene Schouten (NED) was the speed skating queen of Beijing 2022. After skipping the first World Cup in Obihiro, she’ll get her first taste of international competition this season at her beloved Ice Ribbon Oval.
The eagerly awaited second edition of the World Ice Skating Day (WISD) is set to dazzle on December 3, 2023. This event promises a spectacular array of global celebrations, showcasing ice skating sports in the most entertaining, imaginative, and inclusive ways. The anticipation is building as the picturesque town of Lake Placid (USA) prepares to host the crown jewel of the WISD - the World Ice Skating Day 2023 “Main Event”. This exciting event will be held at the iconic Olympic Center in Lake Placid, organized by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) in collaboration with the International Skating Union (ISU) and supported by US Figure Skating and US Speed Skating.
Ragne Wiklund (NOR) won the 3000m, beating Miho Takagi’s 2020 home ice track record by a two-second margin to conclude women’s competition at the first ISU World Cup event of the season in Obihiro. With the Mixed Gender Relay making its debut on the World Cup program, the enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a spectacular finale at the at the Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Oval on Sunday. Wesly Dijs and Femke Kok took gold for the Netherlands and were enthusiastic about the event’s future potential, despite a few hiccups.
Japanese sprinters Wataru Morishige and Tatsuya Shinhama share the World Cup lead after the first two 500m races in Obihiro. After Shinhama had won gold and Morishige silver on Friday, the two swapped places on the podium on Sunday. To conclude the men’s competition at the Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Oval, Patrick Roest (NED) won the 5000m in a track record time of 6 minutes and 10.99s.
Being pain-free was all it took for Masaya Yamada (JPN) to join the World’s speed skating elite. Having recovered from an ankle injury that had hampered him over the past three years, he has started the ISU World Cup season with two gold medals at home in Obihiro.
Miho Takagi (JPN) thrived on the support of her home crowd to collect two gold medals on the second day of the season-opening Speed Skating World Cup at the Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Oval. The Obihiro native left the rest of the field almost two seconds behind in the 1500m, and went on to dominate the Team Pursuit together with Momoka Horikawa and Ayano Sato. Femke Kok (NED) started the competition on Saturday with gold in the second 500m to go on top of the 500m ranking together with Kimi Goetz (USA), who came third after Friday’s win.
Japan’s skaters came out on top on home ice in the men’s field at the season-opening ISU World Cup in Obihiro on Friday. Tatsuya Shinhama, Wataru Morishige and Yuma Murakami (JPN) swept the podium in the 500m and Masaya Yamada (JPN) added gold in the 1000m at the Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Oval. Bart Hoolwerf (NED) pipped world champion Bart Swings (BEL) to the line in the Mass Start to conclude Friday’s action.