The long track Speed Skating starts its new season this weekend with the first of six ISU World Cup events in Stavanger (NOR) from November 11-13, 2022. All six World Cup legs are equally important in the qualification battle for the season’s climax at the ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen (NED) in March. Skaters cannot afford to ease into the season, because every race counts.
She trained for just one final race last summer. After an injury-hampered Olympic season last year, Nao Kodaira (JPN) decided to hang up her blades, but not before she had given it all on the ice one more time. On October 22, the 2018 Olympic Champion took her eighth consecutive Japanese national 500m title in a sold-out Nagano M-Wave, to conclude her long and glorious Speed Skating journey in style.
The International Skating Union (ISU) is proud to announce Elladj Baldé as the Global Ambassador of the first-ever World Ice Skating Day (WISD), an annual festival celebrating Ice Skating all over the world through multiple events taking place simultaneously on December 4, 2022. This new worldwide ISU initiative strives to make ice skating an inclusive, accessible, and fun place by bringing together professional and amateur skaters regardless of any social, economic and cultural boundaries.
The shortlist for the 2022 International Content Marketing Awards has just been released, and the International Skating Union (ISU) is honored to announce that its #UpAgain campaign has been nominated in the “Best Use of Social Media (B2C)” and the “Best Specialist Campaign” categories.
Reigning World Champions Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) and Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier (USA) start into their ISU Grand Prix season as the Series kicks off with Skate America this week in Norwood, MA (USA). Jumping phenomena Ilia Malinin (USA) is expected to impress with his famous quad Axel.
Legendary Dutch Speed Skater Sven Kramer received the most prestigious of awards at the annual ANOC Gala Awards on October 19, 2022.
The ISU Council met on October 9-12, 2022 and decided to provisionally allot the following ISU Figure Skating Championships
The International Skating Union (ISU) is proud to announce the launch of the very first World Ice Skating Day (WISD), an annual festival celebrating Ice Skating all over the world through multiple events taking place simultaneously on December 4, 2022. Its mission is simple: to reunite ice skating professionals, amateurs, beginners and newcomers to break social, economic and cultural boundaries and to ultimately encourage greater inclusion, youth involvement and future development of all ice skating disciplines.
Speed Skating is about time and times have gradually become faster in the long history of the sport. At times new developments initiated revolutionary jumps in record times. In a brief history of world records we discuss some defining moments, starting with the old age and the first revolution: artificial rinks.
Speed Skating at top level is a balancing act in many ways. Relying on routine or trying something different is a dilemma once preparation for a new season gets underway. Switching from teams after for thirteen years, Jorrit Bergsma (NED) chose the latter. Antoinette de Jong (NED) did not change teams, but she had a change of routine too.
Most Speed Skaters start the off-season with a well-deserved holiday, but they pick-up training by the end of April usually. Without ice, the skater’s routine mainly comprises cycling, inline-skating, dry-land exercises and the gym. And of course, there is summer ice too.
Tennis has the holy grass of Wimbledon, Judo has the Budokan in Tokyo and Speed Skating has Thialf in Heerenveen (NED). The stadium is famous for the large crowds, cheering for every single rider at big championships, but it’s also one of the most high-tech Speed Skating facilities around the world.
Mass Start Olympic Champion Bart Swings (BEL) has claimed five medals in Roller Speed Skating at the World Games 2022 in Birmingham (USA), four of them gold. He also became the first athlete to win a gold medal at the World Games and the Olympic Winter Games in the same year.
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the death of ISU Honorary President, Mr. Ottavio Cinquanta who passed away on July 18 aged 83.