Tingyu Gao (CHN) looks to have caught up with the world’s best sprinters right on time. With the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in front of a home crowd within sight, the 23-year-old from Harbin started the international season with a career-first World Cup win in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) on Friday. Gao crushed the track record in 34.26 seconds. In the 5000m Nils van der Poel (SWE) also pulverized the track record to take gold.
Erin Jackson (USA) enjoyed a flying start to the Olympic Speed Skating season in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) on Friday. The 29-year-old US sprinter won the first Women’s 500m of the 2021/22 ISU World Cup series at the Arena Lodowa in 37.61 seconds, beating Nao Kodaira’s track record by 0.16s. Irene Schouten (NED) also clocked a track record to win the Women’s 3000m.
With this season’s international Short Track and Figure Skating competitions already well underway, the long track Speed Skaters kick off their Olympic campaign at the Arena Lodowa in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) this weekend. After last year’s two bubble events in Heerenveen (NED), ISU World Cup Speed Skating is back in full swing with four events across November and December 2021 serving as qualifying competitions for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the World Cup Final in Heerenveen in March 2022.
The international long track Speed Skating season kicks off with the first of five ISU World Cup Speed Skating events in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland on 12 November. After two legs in Europe, the competition moves to North America, gearing up for a season’s climax at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in February.
“It’s likely to be my last Speed Skating winter,” says Sven Kramer (NED), but the Dutchman doesn’t want to think about hanging up the blades just yet. “My focus is on the ice at the moment. I have to be at the top of my game in three months’ time, and I hope to finish on a high note at the Winter Olympics.” Coming fifth at the Dutch national championships last weekend, Kramer qualified for the first four ISU World Cup events this season but, for the 35-year-old, it’s all about the Dutch Olympic trials in December.
Despite significant success in Short Track, long track Speed Skating has long been a forgotten sport in Great Britain. Yet, the nation does have a rich Speed Skating legacy. “The Brits were instrumental in writing the rules for long track Speed Skating,” says Britain’s former racer Stephen Airey, who hopes to see the first British Speed Skater at the Olympic Games since 1992 in Beijing next year.
The ISU is currently investigating the reported homophobic comments by a Coach who is not an ISU Official relating to participants of the recent Finlandia Trophy. This investigation may result in disciplinary proceedings in line with the ISU Code of Ethics.
The Council reviewed the spontaneous application from Speed Skating Canada to host this Championships and decided to allot the ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships 2022 to Calgary/Canada.
The four-part short-form documentary series, which follows athletes who competed at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2021 is now available
Speed Skating is about power, stamina, technique and pace, but apart from physical abilities, mental health is just as important. Dutch coach Erik Bouwman and sports psychologist Ivo Spanjersberg believe that mental health can make the difference when it comes to winning silverware at the Olympics.
Long track speed skating is one of the few sports which was always included in the Olympic program since the inaugural Winter Games in Chamonix, France. The other sports are nordic skiing, ice hockey and figure skating, with the last two already featuring at the Olympic Summer Games before the separate Winter Games were introduced in 1924.
The media accreditations for the IISU World Cup Speed Skating 2021/22 series are now open.