When Jordan Stolz (USA) is at a Speed Skating rink, Bob Corby is never far away. A household name in US speed skating in the 1980s, Corby left the sport in the early 1990s, but he decided to lace up his speed skating boots once more, when a 14-year-old kid from Kewaskum, Wisconsin, called him about five years ago. Since then, the now 19-year-old six-time World Champion and his 73-year-old coach are inseparable.
She won titles and a silver medal at the ISU World Speed Skating Single Distances Championships in Calgary (CAN) last weekend, but Irene Schouten (NED) decided to call it quits. “After 15 years of top sports, I have decided to quit.” she said in a personal social media post on Monday morning. The 31-year-old Dutchwoman leaves the sport as one of the all-time greats, having collected three Olympic titles, a World Allround title, eight World Single Distance titles and five European Single Distance titles.
As if it were another day at the office, Jordan Stolz (USA) ticked the last box of his second consecutive triple crown at the ISU World Single Distances Championships in Calgary on Sunday. The 19-year-old American defended his 1500m title after already having retained his 500m and 1000m titles. Earlier on Sunday, Davide Ghiotto (ITA) won his second consecutive 10,000m title, leaving home favorite Ted-Jan Bloemen (CAN) 8.19 seconds behind after 25 laps.
Joy Beune (NED) surprised herself and the rest of the field when she won the 5000m world title on the final day of the ISU World Single Distances Championships in Calgary. She kept Irene Schouten (NED) from winning a record four gold medals at a single championships, and then went on to take bronze in the 1500m to conclude a breakthrough tournament. Miho Takagi (JPN) won her second individual World Single Distances title with gold in the 1500m.
“I got beaten by probably the greatest Mass Start skater of all time,” Livio Wenger (SUI) said Saturday after he took bronze behind Bart Swings (BEL), who added a second consecutive Mass Start World title to five World Cup trophies, three European titles and an Olympic gold medal. Wenger himself gave Switzerland an historic first medal at an ISU World Single Distances Championships, while Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (CAN) celebrated silver in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in the packed Calgary Oval. Before the Mass Start final, Jordan Stolz (USA) defended his 1000m title, one day after doing the same in the 500m.
“Finally,” Miho Takagi (JPN) sighed with a smile. The Japanese superstar had won almost every possible prize in international speed skating, except for an individual World Single Distance title. On Saturday, she finally filled that spot in her trophy cabinet with a gold medal in the 1000m at the ISU World Single Distances Championships. Irene Schouten (NED) collected her third world title in three days, overcoming an early fall in the Mass Start to outsprint rival Ivanie Blondin (CAN) for the win.
Exactly 18 years after Italy won the Team Pursuit title at the Olympic Winter Games Torino, Andrea Giovannini, Michele Malfatti and Davide Ghiotto (ITA) seized a historic first Team Pursuit World title for their country. The speed skating Squadra Azzurra left Norway and Canada behind in silver and bronze. Jordan Stolz (USA) opened his medal account at the ISU World Single Distance Championships with 500m gold in a track record time of 33.69 seconds.
It was double gold for the Dutch women on the second day of the ISU World Single Distances Championships in Calgary. After Joy Beune, Irene Schouten and Marijke Groenewoud skated an immaculate race to win Team Pursuit gold, redeeming themselves for last year’s disqualification, Femke Kok (NED) defended her 500m title with a perfect performance, leaving silver medalist Kim Min Sun (KOR) .36 seconds adrift.
“It's a world record, it's a gold medal, we obviously feel amazing,” said Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (CAN) with a big smile after he came off the ice a Team Sprint champion with teammates Anders Johnson and Laurent Dubreuil. The Canadian men followed the path of their female teammates, who also took gold in the Team Sprint on Thursday. Before the spectacular team events brought the first day of the ISU World Single Distances Championships to a close, Patrick Roest (NED) retained his 5000m title, beating long distance World Cup winner Davide Ghiotto (ITA).
“I really wanted this one, because I know I actually am the best. I can say that now, can’t I?” Irene Schouten (NED) indeed showed she is the best in the 3000m as the ISU World Single Distances Championships began on Thursday. Isabelle Weidemann (CAN) finished second and Martina Sáblíková (CZE) third. All three medalists had their own bumpy run-up to the tournament. In the women’s Team Sprint, Carolina Hiller, Maddison Pearman and Ivanie Blondin (CAN) won the first Canadian title of the championships on home ice in Calgary.
Almost everything Angel Daleman (NED) touched in Hachinohe City turned to gold last weekend at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships. The 16-year-old Dutchwoman won all but two of the events in which she competed, seizing five individual golds and the Team Sprint title. The teenager also picked up a silver medal in the Team Pursuit. In the more-balanced Men’s competition, Sigurd Henriksen (NOR) won his third consecutive 5000m title.
Further to the International Skating Union’s (ISU) Statement of January 30, 2024 regarding Kamila Valieva (ROC), the ISU takes the discussions within the Figure Skating community and the media with regard to the re-ranking of teams for the Olympic Winter Games (OWG) Beijing 2022 Team event very seriously.
Jordan Stolz (USA) and Angel Daleman (NED) dominated last season’s ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, each winning four individual gold medals. Stolz went on to win three World Single Distance titles at senior level the following month. And while the 19-year-old American is no longer eligible for the junior championships, Daleman, at 16, is. The Dutchwoman has three more chances for World Junior Championship glory, the first of which is this weekend in Hachinohe City, Japan.
Metoděj Jílek (CZE) and Meike Veen (NED) have been crowned the winners of this season’s ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating series. The 17-year-old Czech and the 19-year-old Dutchwoman both won two individual gold medals to seize the overall World Cup Trophies on the third and final weekend of the series in Hachinohe (JPN). With four overall trophies, the Netherlands topped the nations ranking.
Sandrine Tas (BEL) and Ramona Härdi (SUI) took historic first-ever female speed skating World Cup medals for Belgium and Switzerland on the final day of the World Cup season in Quebec City. Taking advantage of the favorites’ focus on the overall ranking, Tas won the Mass Start, edging out Härdi in the final sprint. Valérie Maltais (CAN) took the Mass Start Trophy. Earlier on Sunday, Femke Kok (NED) won the final 500m race of the World Cup season, while Joy Beune won the 1500m.