Nao Kodaira (JPN) will not be up for another full Speed Skating season next year, but she does not quite hang up her blades just yet. Japan's first female Olympic Speed Skating gold medalist said she wants to conclude her Speed Skating career after the Japanese single distance Championships in her hometown Nagano (JPN) on October 22-24th.
Nana Takagi (JPN) has decided to hang up her Speed Skating blades. The 29-year-old from Obihoro (JPN) became the first Japanese female athlete to win multiple titles at the Olympic Winter Games, when she claimed victory in both the Team Pursuit medal and Mass Start at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang (KOR). Nana’s younger sister and Beijing 2022 Olympic 1000m champion Miho Takagi announced to take a break from the sport " without setting a timeline" for a possible return to the ice.
Speed skating is the fastest human powered sport on earth and Kjeld Nuis (NED) made it a little faster again last Thursday. The Olympic 1500m champion skated 103km/h on a frozen lake in Norway, to break his own unofficial world speed record on skates with 10km/h. Nuis skated on a specially prepared track behind a car with a windscreen to give him a draft.
Exhausted after a long season, Irene Schouten (NED) had contemplated not skating the World Cup final in Thialf. Luckily, the Beijing Winter Olympic Speed Skating star did show up to add two more gold medals to her incredible season’s tally, winning the 3000m and the Mass Start. Olympic 500m Champion Erin Jackson (USA) secured the 500m World Cup Trophy, winning the final race on Sunday, while Miho Takagi (JPN) seized 1000m gold, with Brittany Bowe (USA) taking home the 1000m World Cup Trophy.
He had been too tired to sleep last night, but Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) managed to recharge himself for one final effort on Sunday. Coming in fourth in the 500m, the Canadian secured the World Cup Trophy in the shortest distance. Tatsuya Shinhama (JPN) won the last race to finish a disappointing season on a high note. Kjeld Nuis (NED) added a 1500m gold to Saturday’s 1000m win, but Joey Mantia (USA) went home with the 1500m World Cup Trophy. Bart Swings (BEL) finished this season’s action securing the Mass Start Trophy with a confident win in the final race.
He did not skate, but Thialf stadium cheered for local hero Sven Kramer (NED) one last time on Saturday. After having finished his racing career competing at his fifth Olympic Games in Beijing last month, the Dutch speed skating icon celebrated his farewell from the sport together with Ireen Wüst (NED). Before the celebrations off the ice, there was some spectacular competition on the ice. Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) managed to take 500m silver after a horror week, Kjeld Nuis (NED) made amends for missing the Olympic 1000m and Nils van der Poel (SWE) had his own farewell race in the 5000m.
“It was the most awesome experience of my skating career,” Ireen Wüst (NED) said. At age 35, having collected 13 Olympic medals (six gold, five silver, two bronze) and multiple European and World titles, the Dutch speed skating queen of a generation waved the Thialf home crowd farewell at the ISU World Cup Final in Heerenveen on Saturday. Wüst finished fourth in her last race as a professional speed skater, leaving the 1500m World Cup gold to Miho Takagi (JPN). Erin Jackson took her fifth 500m World Cup win of the season, retaining her lead in the ranking with only Sunday’s race to go in the shortest distance.
After groundbreaking records, momentous victories and true sportsmanship at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and thrilling ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Hamar (NOR) last week, the 2022 Speed Skating season comes to a close with one more highlight: the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final in Heerenveen (NED). Skaters look forward to a full house at the Thialf Stadium after the pandemic forced to keep the stands empty last year.
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International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize achievements of women in the Ice Skating world. In the following lines, learn about four women skaters who have been incredibly remarkable on and off the ice:
Heading into the final day in Hamar Nils van der Poel (SWE) said that 20 seconds would be very difficult to claw back in the 10,000m. After the 1500m, he had to make up 21 on Patrick Roest (NED). Somehow he pulled it off. Skating a new track record, Van der Poel dethroned three-time champion Roest to follow up two Olympic golds in Beijing with his career first World Allround title. Roest had to settle for silver and Bart Swings (BEL) took the bronze.
After being confirmed as the queen of Olympic Speed Skating with three gold medals and a bronze in Beijing, Irene Schouten (NED) added the Allround crown at the ISU World Championships in Hamar on Sunday. The 29-year-old Dutchwoman made up for what she lost in the shorter distances with unmatched performances in the endurance events to leave Miho Takagi (JPN) in second place and Antoinette de Jong (NED) in third. “I won it with my 3000m and 5000m of course,” Schouten said.
Patrick Roest (NED) came to Hamar to win his fourth consecutive World Allround Title but he is not getting things all his own way. Having bitten the dust against Nils van der Poel (SWE) in the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympic Games in Beijing last month, the Dutchman again has a fight on his hands with his Swedish nemesis. Roest heads into the second day on top but Van der Poel is chasing in second place. After the Allround was done for the first day, Bjørn Magnussen, Henrik Fagerli Rukke and Håvard Lorentzen delighted the home crowd by winning the Team Sprint title ahead of Poland and the Netherlands.
In a classic fight between speed and stamina, Miho Takagi (JPN) struck hard in the 500m before Irene Schouten (NED) hit back with a track record in the 3000m. The pair set up an epic fight for the title and heading into the second day of the women’s Allround World Championships in Hamar, Takagi holds a 0.43-second advantage over her Dutch rival in Sunday’s 1500m. To conclude Saturday’s action the Dutch women finished ahead of Poland and Norway in the World Team Sprint.