The off-season does not mean that the Skaters are just on vacation. Besides summer training and making new programs, there are a lot of things going on in the skating world. Let’s see what has happened in the past few weeks.
The Speed Skating community sadly lost an Olympic champion. On Saturday, May 20 2023, Richard “Terry” McDermott (USA) passed away at age 82. McDermott won 500m gold at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck (AUT), and was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1977. Terry is also famous for his television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show during which the Beatles pop band was also invited.
It is with great sadness that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the passing of the famous Dutch Speed Skating coach Leen Pfrommer, who died at the age of 87 in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Pfrommer was passionate about Speed Skating and coached several generations of top Dutch skaters, including Ard Schenk (NED), the prolific athlete who won three gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo (JPN).
Post-Olympic years often hand a chance to upcoming talents to make a name for themselves, but hardly ever did a new kid on the block enter the international Speed Skating elite with such brutal force as Jordan Stolz (USA) did last season.
Speed Skating fans, get ready to mark your calendars! The International Skating Union (ISU) has released its competition calendar for the next four seasons of Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating, and it promises to be an exciting few years for fans of the sport. From ISU World Championships to ISU World Cups, there will be no shortage of thrilling events to watch.
What. A. Senior debut! Jordan Stolz (USA) had the time of his life at the 2023 ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen (NED), winning three gold medals in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.
We joined Yuma Murakami (JPN) on his last day of competition at the ISU World Speed Skating Championships 2023 in Heerenveen (NED). The Japanese skater shows us how he prepares for his race and relaxes after a long day on the ice.
In April every year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) celebrates the #PlayTrueDay, a digital campaign dedicated at promoting clean sport worldwide. The International Skating Union (ISU) has been standing in solidarity with this cause over the years, as part of its ongoing mission to protect the integrity, fair play and ethics of ice skating sports.
The International Skating Union (ISU) is proud to reaffirm its continuous commitment to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), a United Nations initiative promoting sport as a vector for peace and social change. Since its launch by the United Nations in 2013, this movement celebrates its 10th anniversary today.
In the lead-up to the ISU World Speed Skating Championships 2023, Jutta Leerdam from Netherlands won every 1000m she competed in. At the Worlds in Thialf, Heerenveen (NED), she completed her perfect season with the World title.
Ragne Wiklund (NOR) shows us a day in her life at the ISU World Speed Skating Championships 2023 in Heerenveen (NED), where she clinched the World 3000m title. The newly crowned world champion tells us about her special ritual: writing a message to her coach on her accreditation.
The International Skating Union is up 8 places to a top 10 overall position driven by a rise in fan growth and engagements following the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize achievements of women in the Ice Skating world. In the following lines, we will focus on four women coaches who are paving the way for future generations.
On December 4, 2022, the International Skating Union (ISU) together with a variety of partners, national federations and skating clubs from all over the globe celebrated the first ever World Ice Skating Day (WISD). This inaugural edition was a success with events organized in 47 countries and at 170 ice rinks worldwide (read here). To boost a competitive spirit amongst the WISD organizers, the ISU announced the “Best WISD 2022” contest, which aims at rewarding the most successful WISD actions based on a list of specific criteria and targets (read here). Among the 25 nominees shortlisted for the 2022 Awards, the ISU is delighted to announce Indonesia (Federasi Ice Skating Indonesia) as winner of the Best WISD 2022 in the 500+ attending participants category, together with Mexico for the category involving less than 500 participants. The Ice Academy of Montreal (CAN) won the Best #WISDance category, awarding the most creative WISD signature choreography.
“I guess I wrote some history,” Jordan Stolz (USA) commented modestly, and he had indeed. Already the youngest ever World Single Distance Champion after winning both the 500m and 1000m, the American sealed an historic hattrick on the final day in Heerenveen with victory in the 1500m. It makes the 18-year-old the first skater in World Single Distance Championship history to win three individual distances. Another milestone winner rounded off the Men’s competition, as Davide Ghiotto became Italy’s first-ever World Single Distance Champion with gold in the 10,000m.