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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

 

On the fifth and final day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond there were gold medals for Clara Hughes and Lucas Makowsky in respectively the 5000m and 10k. For Hughes it was her second medal this competition, after her silver medal in the 3000m earlier this week. Makowsky also won the 5000m, and won the silver medal in yesterday’s 1500m.

 

 

 

On the last day of 2008, Clara Hughes raced to the fastest time in the 5000m at the Canadian Single Distances Championships (7:10.65) and consequently ended up on the highest step of the podium. The silver medal was for Kristina Groves, gold-medalist in the 3000m earlier this week, who skated the 5000m in 7:10.91. Brittany Schussler, who won the bronze medal in the 1000m, 1500m and 3000m at this competition, added another bronze medal in today’s 5000m: 7:24.34. Shannon Rempel, who also looks back on a successful competition with a gold medal in the 500m and a silver medal in the 1000m and 1500m, finished fourth (7:30.43).

 

“It was a tough distance to skate. It was more of a mental battle than anything else. I am glad it is done”, Shannon Rempel told Speed Skating Canada after racing the 5000m. “In all, I had a solid week. I did what I wanted to do and I am satisfied with the results.” 

 

In the 10k there was another gold medal for Lucas Makowsky, who also finished first in the 5000m earlier this week. On top of that, he finished second in yesterday’s 1500m. In the 10k he raced to a 13:54.33. Jordan Belchos finished second (14:03.23) and the bronze medal was for Mathieu Giroux (14:03.74), a former short track speed skater who finished fifth in the 1500m as well as in the 5000m in Richmond. Thanks to these results Giroux qualified for the 1500m, 5000m and 10k at the Winter World Cups.

 

Successful with four medals at the Canadian Single Distances Championships, including gold medals in the 1000m and 1500m, was Denny Morrison, who consequently qualified for the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 5000m at the Winter World Cups. “I came in this week feeling confident about my equipment compared to the World Cups this Fall, which gave me a chance to focus on my technique. My openers were a lot better. To qualify in all the races for the World Cups is great as this will keep doors open for me”, Morrison told Speed Skating Canada. “It was pretty nice to have so many people at a Canadian Championships. It’s nice to have the local support as we look forward to the Olympics. This will definitely be an advantage for Canadian skaters during the Olympics.”

The following athletes have qualified for the World Cup circuit this winter. Selections will be confirmed this weekend by Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Long Track Committee.

Women – 500m
Shannon Rempel
Christine Nesbitt
Kim Weger
Tamara Oudenaarden
Danielle Wotherspoon
 
Women -1000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Shannon Rempel (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Kerry Dankers
 
Women – 1500m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Shannon Rempel (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Clara Hughes
 
Women – 3000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Christine Nesbitt
Shannon Rempel
 
Women – 5000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Shannon Rempel
Nicole Garrido
 
Team Pursuit
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes
Shannon Rempel
Justine L’Heureux
 
Men – 500m
Jamie Gregg
Kyle Parrott
Denny Morrison
Muncef Ouardi
Vincent Labrie
 
Men – 1000m
Denny Morrison (pre-selected)
Kyle Parrott
François-Olivier Roberge
Jamie Gregg
Steven Elm
 
Men – 1500m
Denny Morrison
Lucas Makowsky
Steven Elm
François-Olivier Roberge
Mathieu Giroux
 
Men – 5000m
Lucas Makowsky
Denny Morrison
Steven Elm
Jay Morrison
Mathieu Giroux
 
Men – 10000m
Lucas Makowsky
Jordan Belchos
Mathieu Giroux
Jay Morrison
Steven Elm
 
Team Pursuit
Jay Morrison (pre-qualified)
Lucas Makowsky (pre-qualified)
Steven Elm (pre-qualified)
Denny Morrison
Mathieu Giroux
Peter Martel
 
Qualified for the World Sprint Championships are Christine Nesbitt, Brittany Schussler and Shannon Rempel for the ladies and Denny Morrison, Jamie Gregg and Kyle Parrot for the men. Final selection will also be confirmed by Speed Skating Canada this weekend.

For complete results see here.

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

 

Another day, another medal... Like yesterday in the 1000m, Christine Nesbitt and Denny Morrison took the gold on the fourth day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond. Today, they finished first in the 1500m.

 

In the women’s 1500m Christine Nesbitt, who was paired with Justine L’Heureux, raced to the fastest time: 2:00.10. It was Nesbitt’s third medal at the Canadian Single Distances Championships. Shannon Rempel captured the silver in a time of 2:01.07 and Brittany Schussler completed the podium when she took the bronze (2:01.48), making the podium exactly the same as it was yesterday in the 1000m.

 

“It was a very good race. I skated with Christine Nesbitt, and it was motivating and exciting to race beside one of the world’s best”, Justine L'Heureux told Speed Skating Canada. L’Heureux finished fifth after she raced to a 2:04.64. “I used to be better in the 3000m, but for the last year or so, I have done pretty well in the 1000m and 1500m. I keep improving and learning with every race.”

 

After four days of competion, Denny Morrison won his fourth medal in a row when he took the gold in the 1500m. He raced to a time of 1:47.45. Second was Lucas Makowsky, who finished 1.25 seconds behind Morrison in a time of 1:48.70. Steven Elm won the bronze in a time of 1:49.63.

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Monday, 29 December 2008

On the third day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond Christine Nesbitt and Denny Morrison finished first in the 1000m. For Morrison it was his third medal in a row, Nesbitt claimed her second medal at this competition.

  

After finishing second in the 500m on the first day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships and racing to a fourth place in the 3000m yesterday, Christine Nesbitt ended up on the highest step of the podium today, when she skated to the fastest time in the 1000m: 1:17.25. The silver medal was for Shannon Rempel (1:17.39), gold-medalist in the 500m two days ago, and Brittany Schussler added another bronze medal to the bronze medal she won in yesterday’s 3000m (1:18.31).

 

 

On the third day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships Denny Morrison stepped on the podium for the third time in a row. He finished third in the 500m on the first day of competition, won the silver medal in the 5000m yesterday, and today he finished first in the 1000m: 1:10.72. The silver medal in the 1000m was for Kyle Parrott. After finishing second in the 500m two days ago, Parrott raced to a 1:10.99 today. François-Olivier Roberge finished third in 1:11.01.

 

“It was quite a race. I had a very good opener but my first run didn’t go as well as I wanted. Nonetheless, my race was good on the technical side”, François-Olivier Roberge told Speed Skating Canada. “Looking at the results after the race, I was very surprised at how close we all were. I mean, I was only 0.02 from second place. Now I am looking forward to racing the 1500m tomorrow. I will be working on making my exits after each turn stronger. Just like today, I want to be in the top five.”

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Sunday, 28 December 2008

 

On the second day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond there were gold medals for Kristina Groves and Lucas Makowsky in respectively the 3000m and the 5000m.

 

After a very successful start of the season, with numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in the 1000m and 1500m at the Fall World Cups, Kristina Groves gave a good start to the Canadian Single Distances Championships yesterday when she raced to a fourth place (and a season’s best time for her) in the first 500m (39.85). Today she added a gold medal in the 3000m: 4:11.79. Second was Clara Hughes in 4:14.36 and Brittany Schussler finished third after racing to a time of 4:19.59.

 

“Traditionally, I am better in the 1000m and 1500m. But I have been training and improving my 3000m a lot lately. I think it was a solid race today. It was exactly what I was looking for to accomplish. I'm so happy with this performance”, Brittany Schussler told Speed Skating Canada.

 

Lucas Makowsky also looks back on a good start of the season. Unlike last year, when he skated most of his races in the B division at the World Cups, this season he is consistently skating in the A division. On top of that, Makowsky was part of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the Team Pursuit at the World Cup in Berlin. Yesterday he finished 20th in the first 500m (37.05), but today he was far more successful and finished first in the 5000m. He skated his 6:39.32 in the first pair, and after him no skater managed to beat this time. Denny Morrison finished second in 6:43.37, the bronze medal was for Steven Elm (6:44.78).

 

Last week, Speedskating-online interviewed Lucas Makowsky about his start of the season: click here to read more about his performances at the Fall World Cups.

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Sunday, 28 December 2008

 

This weekend the Dutch All-round Championships took place in Heerenveen. On the men’s side there were no surprises when Sven Kramer ended up on the highest step of the overall podium and took home the gold medal after winning three of the four distances. On the women’s side there was a little more competition, but in the end Ireen Wüst managed to win overall after finishing first in three of the four distances as well.

 

Unlike last year, Sven Kramer did not win the gold medal in the first distance at the Dutch All-round Championships. Erben Wennemars, who did not compete at last year’s Dutch All-round Championships, skated to the fastest time of the day: 35.82. Kramer revenged himself in the second distance and skated to 6:16.77, after which he watched Wennemars struggle to a 6:39.93. On the second day Kramer finished first in the 1500m (1:47.34) as well as in the 10k (13:04.21) and consequently won the overall title. Second overall was Wouter Olde Heuvel, Carl Verheijen finished third.

 

On the women’s side Ireen Wüst finished first in the 500m (40.05), the 1500m (1:59.23), and the 5000m (7:12.08), Renate Groenewold skated the fastest time in the 3000m (4:06.92). In the last distance of the competition, the 5000m, Wüst and Groenewold were paired together and a fierce battle seemed to be at hand, but after a crossover problem Groenewold was disqualified, and Wüst raced to the overall victory. Second overall was Elma de Vries, Paulien van Deutekom finished third.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

 

Today, the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond kicked off with the 500m for men and women. These Canadian Championships are the first official competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval, that will be the venue of the Olympic Games in 2010 and the World Single Distances Championships later this season, and consequently this competition makes for an interesting test case in terms of what will be possible on the ice.

 

 

In the first 500m on the men’s side the gold medal was for Jamie Gregg after he skated to a time of 35.42. Second was Denny Morrison in 35.60 and the bronze was for Muncef Ouardi (35.67). The second 500m of the day saw a different winner: Kyle Parrott took the gold after skating a 35.63, the silver medal was for Vincent Labrie (35.67) and Muncef Ouardi ended up on the third step of the podium for the second time today after racing to a 35.74.

 

 

 

These combined times resulted in the overall gold medal for Jamie Gregg (71.300), Kyle Parrott finished second (71.330) and the bronze medal was for Denny Morrison (71.370).

 

“There was a lot people watching the race today. It’s exciting to skate in front of such a big crowd and to have the people behind you. I enjoyed the crowd’s cheering. It really gets me going”, Kyle Parrott told Speed Skating Canada. "I still have to work on my race opener. I had a bit of a slip in the first 70m of one of my races. But overall things went very well. I am satisfied with my times.”

 

In the women’s 500m, the first gold medal was for Christine Nesbitt (39.35). Shannon Rempel came in second after she skated a 39.54 and the bronze medal was for Kim Weger (39.74). In the second 500m the times were a lot faster: Shannon Rempel claimed the gold medal after skating a 38.90. Christine Nesbitt finished second (39.11) and the bronze was for Tamara Oudenaarden (39.64).

 

The combined times resulted in the overall gold medal for Shannon Rempel (78.440), Christine Nesbitt finished second (78.460) and Kim Weger took the bronze (79.590).

 

“Today was my first competition of the season. I took some time off this Fall to concentrate on my studies. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived here. I was not sure of where I was compared to other skaters. But from the first race, the ice was feeling good. Towards the end of my second race, I could really feel the fatigue but it all turned out well. I am very happy of my performance”, Kim Weger told Speed Skating Canada. 

 

Click here for complete results.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Monday, 15 December 2008

 

On December 12 and 13 the Richmond Olympic Oval officially opened its doors to the public. The Richmond Olympic Oval will host the long track speed skating events during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The first official competition, however, will be the Canadian Single Distances Championships (December 27-31). And March 12 - 15 the World Single Distances Championships will be the first international competition to take place in Richmond.

 

Amanda Smith, Richmond resident, went to the oval for Speedskating-online and took some pictures.

 

Click here for the photos.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

 

Jing Yu and Kyou-Hyuk Lee finished first in the 500m on the second day of the World Cup in Nagano. Like yesterday, Shani Davis was fastest in the 1000m and Christine Nesbitt managed to win the gold medal in the 1000m for the third time this season.

 

Like yesterday, the men¿s 500m saw an all-Asian podium after Kyou-Hyuk Lee raced to the gold medal in 34.92. Fengtong Yu came in second in a time of 34.95 and the bronze medal was for Joji Kato (34.96).

 

Jing Yu was the surprising winner in the women¿s 500m. After Jenny Wolf fell in her first corner, Yu raced to the fastest time of the day ( 38.63). Like yesterday, Sang-Hwa Lee won the silver medal (38.72), Aihua Xing finished third (38.78).

 

Shani Davis managed to set a new track record when he skated to the fastest time in the men¿s 1000m (1:08.92). Kyou-Hyuk Lee finished second in a time of 1:09.16 and the bronze medal was for Denny Morrison (1:09.23).

 

For the third time this season Christine Nesbitt claimed the gold medal in the 1000m when she finished in a time of 1:16.38. Jing Yu ended up on the podium for the second time today when she won the silver medal (1:17.37). Peiyu Jin finished third (1:17.60). Noteworthy is the fact that Jenny Wolf started in the B division and raced to 1:17.57. This would have been fast enough to win the bronze medal in the A division.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

 

The first day of the Sprint World Cup in Nagano, Japan, brought one big surprise: Jennifer Rodriguez won the women’s 1000m. In the men’s 1000m Shani Davis skated to the fastest time. The 500m saw no big surprises; Jenny Wolf won her sixth 500m, Keiichiro Nagashima won his second 500m this season.

 

In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf once again skated to the fastest time, after racing to the only sub 38 seconder (37.71) of the day. The silver medal was for Sang-Hwa Lee (38.39) and Sayuri Yoshii raced to the bronze in a time of 38.66.

 

Keiichiro Nagashima won his second 500m this season when he finished in 34.81, beating the leader in the World Cup rankings, Fengtong Yu, who skated to the second time of the day (34.91). The bronze medal was for Joji Kato ( 35.06), making it an all-Asian podium.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

The biggest surprise of the day was Jennifer Rodriguez, who won the gold in the women’s 1000m (1:16.34). It was her first World Cup victory since November 2005 and after taking two years off from speed skating. Rodriguez told NOS that skating today felt like it used to feel. The silver medal was won by Christine Nesbitt (1:16.39), who came to Asia this week, after skipping last week’s World Cup in Changchun. The bronze was won by another Canadian: Kristina Groves raced to the third place in a time of 1:16.62.

 

In the men’s 1000m there were no big surprises when Shani Davis won the gold in a time of 1:09.21. The silver medal was for Denny Morrison (1:09.40) and Kyou-Hyuk Lee finished third in a time of 1:09.43.

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

 

Like yesterday, the second day of the Sprint World Cup in Changchun saw four different gold medalists. In the 500m Dmitry Lobkov and Jenny Wolf raced to the fastest times and in the 1000m Laurine van Riessen won her first gold medal ever at a World Cup competition and Simon Kuipers won his first World Cup gold medal in this distance.

 

In the men¿s 500m Dmitry Lobkov started in the second pair after he got disqualified on Saturday. His time of 35.07 proved to be the fastest of the day, earning him the gold medal. Yesterday¿s gold medalist Fengtong Yu finished second in a time of 35.09 and third was Keiichiro Nagashima (35.20).

 

Jenny Wolf won her fifth gold medal in the 500m this World Cup season when she skated to a new track record. The winning time of 37.98 was 0.04 seconds faster than Beixing Wang¿s old track record. The silver medal was won by Annette Gerritsen in a time of 38.52 and the bronze went to Sang-Hwa Lee after she clocked a time of 38.56.

 

Simon Kuipers managed to race to his first 1000m gold medal at a World Cup competition (1:09.83), beating Shani Davis and fellow-Dutchman Stefan Groothuis, who respectively won the silver and bronze in 1:09.99 and 1:10.01. Yesterday¿s winner and track record holder Kyou-Hyuk Lee was paired with Groothuis; he finished fourth in a time of 1:10.02.

 

There was another Dutch success in the women¿s 1000m, when Laurine van Riessen raced to her first ever World Cup gold medal with a time of 1:17.25. Kristina Groves, who won the gold medal yesterday, finished second in a time of 1:17.80 and Shannon Rempel finished third in a time of 1:18.27.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

 

On the first day of the World Cup in Changchun, China, there were gold medals in the 500m for Fengtong Yu and Jenny Wolf. In the 1000m Kristina Groves skated to the fastest time of the day, as did Kyou-Hyuk Lee. 

 

With a new track record and the only sub 35 seconder, Fengtong Yu managed to win the gold medal in the first 500m of this weekend. He raced to a time of 34.97. With this victory he’s now leading the overall 500m classification. Second was Keiichiro Nagashima in a time of 35.08 and the bronze was for Kyou-Hyuk Lee (35.27), making it an all-Asian podium. 

 

Jenny Wolf won her fourth 500m of this World Cup season in a time of 38.09. Sang-Hwa Lee finished second in a time of 38.71, 0.62 seconds behind Jenny Wolf. The bronze was for Annette Gerritsen (38.86). Beixing Wang decided to skip this weekend’s races. 

 

The men’s 1000m saw another track record when Kyou-Hyuk Lee skated to 1:09.68. Second was Stefan Groothuis in a time of 1:10.15, beating his pair Shani Davis, who finished third (1:10.32).

 

In the absence of Christine Nesbitt, Kristina Groves won her first 1000m gold medal this season when she raced to a time of 1:18.18, which also makes her the new leader in the overall 1000m classification. Second was another Canadian, Shannon Rempel (1:18.20) and third was Laurine van Riessen (1:18.48), who prevented Brittany Schussler from making it an all-Canadian podium. Schussler finished fourth in a time of 1:19.01.

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

 

For complete results see here.

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