Irene Schouten(NED) bounced back with a track record in Heerenveen, after a surprise loss in the 3000m in Stavanger (NOR) last week. “You learn from your mistakes and thanks to last week’s mistakes, I skated a track record today,” she said. Earlier on Sunday, Min Sun Kim (KOR) took back-to-back gold in the 500m, edging out Vanessa Herzog (AUT) and Jutta Leerdam (NED) on the final day of the ISU World Cup in Thialf.
Pacing is the name of the game in the 1500m and Connor Howe (CAN) executed it to perfection in Thialf on Sunday. The 22-year-old Canadian took his first World Cup victory in 1 minute and 43.38s, beating Olympic champion Kjeld Nuis (NED) by 0.26s. In the final event of this season’s second ISU World Cup, Ning Zhongyan took China by the hand to edge out the Netherlands by 0.27s for gold in the Team Sprint.
The Dutch women gave the home crowd something to cheer for at Thialf stadium on Saturday. Antoinette Rijpma-de Jong (NED) surprised Miho Takagi (JPN) in the 1500m, while Marrit Fledderus, Michelle de Jong and Femke Kok (NED) left Canada and the United States behind in the Team Sprint to conclude the second day of the ISU World Cup in Heerenveen.
Challenged by three Norwegian youngsters, Patrick Roest (NED) dug deep and found his best self in the 5000m at the ISU World Cup in Heerenveen on Saturday. The Olympic silver medalist shaved almost a second off his own 2021 track record, finishing in 6 minutes and 4.36s. Sander Eitrem and Hallgeir Engebråten (NOR) came second and third, while their compatriot Sigurd Henriksen set a new junior world record in 6:17.67. Earlier on Saturday, Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) took revenge for a failed 1000m on Friday, winning the 500m in a convincing time of 34.34s.
A new generation is shaking up international men’s speed skating. Last week’s sensation Jordan Stolz (USA) crashed in the 1000m on the first day of the second ISU World Cup in Heerenveen. But with silver medalist Joep Wennemars (NED) and bronze medalist Marten Liiv (EST) there were two new faces on the World Cup podium behind golden Ning Zhongyan (CHN) in the 1000m. In the Mass Start, Dutch youngster Bart Hoolwerf took his career second World Cup win.
A crash in training and a bent skate could not stop Jutta Leerdam (NED) taking 1000m gold at the second ISU World Cup leg in Heerenveen on Friday. The Dutch Olympic silver medalist beat Beijing 2022 champion Miho Takagi (JPN) for the second week in a row. In the Mass Start Irene Schouten (NED) bounced back after last week’s bronze with gold after an impressive solo escape.
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the death of the President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia and ISU Honorary Member Alexander Georgievitch Gorshkov who passed away on November 17, aged 76.
The second World Cup in Heerenveen (NED) will feature the comeback of Kjeld Nuis (NED), who got a wildcard after missing out on qualification due to injury at the Dutch trials in October. The Olympic 1500m Champion will face an interesting battle with Jordan Stolz (USA). In Nuis’ absence, the 18-year-old Wisconsin prodigy dominated the Men’s 1000m and 1500m at the first World Cup in Stavanger (NOR) last week. But past results don’t guarantee future performance, as Olympic Champions Miho Takagi (JPN) and Irene Schouten (NED) found out in Norway. They’ll hope to bounce back at the Thialf Stadium in Heerenveen.
After winning the 1500m in a track record on Friday, Jordan Stolz (USA) struck again in the 1000m on Sunday. Although still a junior, the 18-year-old Wisconsin prodigy left Olympic silver medalist Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) almost half a second behind in second place.
Olympic silver beat Olympic gold twice in Sunday’s women’s races at the start of a new World Cup season in Stavanger (NOR). Jutta Leerdam (NED) left Miho Takagi (JPN) behind in the 1000m, while Ivanie Blondin (CAN) kept Irene Schouten (NED) at bay in the Mass Start.
Miho Takagi (JPN) was undefeated at 1500m in last year’s World Cup and picked up where she left off at the start of the new season in Stavanger on Saturday.
International friendship gave Yuma Murakami (JPN) and Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) a boost heading into the new season. The Japanese sprinter went to Quebec to train with his Canadian rival for seven weeks last summer, and it paid off for both at the first World Cup event of the season in Stavanger.
Ragne Wiklund (NOR) did the home crowd proud at the start of the World Cup season in Stavanger on Friday. The Norwegian youngster surprisingly beat Irene Schouten (NED) in the 3000m, the Olympic champion having to settle for silver.
The Team USA men got off the blocks fast at the start of the new international speed skating season at the Sørmarka Arena in Stavanger (NOR) on Friday. At age 18, Jordan Stolz (USA) took his first ISU World Cup win in spectacular fashion, clocking a new track record in 1 minute and 44.89s to leave the rest of the field behind.
A new generation challenges familiar faces, when the new international long track season gets underway with the first World Cup in Stavanger (NOR) from November 11-13, 2022. Some household names in international Speed Skating waved goodbye after the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, but others like triple gold medallist Irene Schouten (NED) are still eager to add silverware to their trophy cabinet.