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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

US Single Distances Championships/Olympic Trials – day 5

 

10k men

1.       Ryan Bedford – 13:20.46

2.       Trevor Marsicano – 13:21.06

3.       Jonathan Kuck – 13:30.14

 

1000m women

1.       Kelly Gunther – 1:17.10

2.       Anna Ringsred – 1:17.55

3.       Rebekah Bradford – 1:17.86

 

1000m men

1.       Nick Pearson – 1:09.04

2.       Tucker Fredricks – 1:09.22

3.       Brian Hansen – 1:09.38

 

5000m women

1.       Maria Lamb – 7:09.62

2.       Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. – 7:11.63

3.       Anna Ringsred – 7:21.18

 

 For complete results see here.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

 

Dutch Olympic Trials – day 4

 

1000m women

1.       Margot Boer – 1:15.70

2.       Laurine van Riessen – 1:15.93

3.       Annette Gerritsen – 1:16.57

 

10k men

1.       Bob de Jong – 12:53.63

2.       Arjen van der Kieft – 13:02.99

3.       Carl Verheijen – 13.11.01

 

5000m women

1.       Elma de Vries – 7:07.41

2.       Jorien Voorhuis – 7:12.39

3.       Diane Valkenburg – 7:13.97

 

For complete results see here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

On the third day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships/Olympic Trials Kristina Groves and Jeremy Wotherspoon finished first in the 1000m.

 

Kristina Groves, prequalified for the 3000m, needed 1:15.74 for her 1000m today, which earned her the gold medal. Second was Shannon Rempel (1:16.24), and Brittany Schussler finished third in 1:16.25. Christine Nesbitt was already prequalified for the 1000m.

 

“Canada has four or five skaters who can podium in World Cups”, Groves told Speed Skating Canada. “It was a really high calibre race, I was a little stressed, but I was able to focus my energy well. I was nervous today, but I think it was a positive nervousness, it allowed me to push myself. I’m really happy to be qualified for the 1000m event.”

 

After his gold medal in the 500m two days ago, Jeremy Wotherspoon also finished first in today’s 1000m. He crossed the finish line after 1:07.57. Prequalified Denny Morrison came in second (1:07.94), and Kyle Parrott claimed the bronze medal with his 1:08.10.

 

“After a year of forced rest, I’m getting back into racing shape slowly but surely”, Wotherspoon told Speed Skating Canada. “Right now, I’m focused on returning to my best racing shape – that is the most important thing for me at the moment. This will be the last time I skate for Canada at an Olympic Winter Games, and I’m convinced that it will be an experience unlike my other Olympic experiences.”

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

 

US Single Distances Championships/Olympic Trials – day 4

 

1500m men

1.       Chad Hedrick – 1:44.00

2.       Trevor Marsicano – 1:44.33

3.       Brian Hansen – 1:44.83

 

1500m women

1.       Heather Richardson – 1:56.22

2.       Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. – 1:58.73

3.       Anna Ringsred – 1:58.92

 

For complete results see  here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Dutch Olympic Trials – day 3

 

1500m men

1.       Simon Kuipers – 1:45.39

2.       Stefan Groothuis – 1:45.72

3.       Mark Tuitert – 1:46.47

 

500m women

1.       Annette Gerritsen (38.11 and 38.05)

2.       Margot Boer (37.94 and 38.44)

3.       Laurine van Riessen (38.72 and 38.78)

For complete results see here.

Monday, 28 December 2009

 

On the second day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships/Olympic Trials, Clara Hughes and Lucas Makowsky skated to the fastest times in respectively the 3000m and 5000m.

 

In the women’s 3000m Clara Hughes’ 4:05.03 proved to be more than fast enough to claim the gold medal, when Cindy Klassen needed 4:06.08 to complete the distance for second place. Third was Nicole Garrido in 4:08.06.

 

“I felt really good today and I knew I had to grab this opportunity to qualify for the 3000m event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”, Hughes told Speed Skating Canada.

“I really wanted to qualify for this event at the Olympics. The 5000m is my favourite distance, so I’ll be using the 3000m race as a practise run, in addition to being able to use it to relieve some competition-related stress prior to my big event.”

 

In the men’s 5000m Lucas Makowsky finished in 6:24.57, which not only earned him the gold medal, but it also represented a new personal best time for him in this distance. Denny Morrison finished second in 6:25.40 and Mathieu Giroux completed the podium with his 6:25.74.

 

“I was in the last pair to race today, I knew the time I needed in order to qualify”, Makowsky told Speed Skating Canada. “I used that late start to my advantage; though I could have skated better, the most important thing was to qualify, It’s a dream come true for me. Now that I know that I have a spot on Team Canada, there is less pressure on me for the 1500m race, so who knows what I can do now!”

 

For complete results see here.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Dutch Olympic Trials – day 2

 

1000m men

1.       Stefan Groothuis – 1:08.50

2.       Simon Kuipers – 1:08.52

3.       Kjeld Nuis – 1:09.28

 

3000m women

1.       Ireen Wüst – 4:06.80

2.       Diane Valkenburg – 4:09.14

3.       Yvonne Nauta – 4:10.72

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

This week, the Canadian Single Distances Championships are taking place in Calgary. At this competition spots on the Olympic Team are to be earned, so a lot is at stake. Today, the Olympic Trials kicked off with the 500m for men and women. On the men’s side, Jeremy Wotherspoon claimed the gold medal in the first 500m after skating a 34.70. Second was Jamie Gregg (34.74), and Mike Ireland finished third (34.79). In the second 500m, the gold medal was for Ireland (34.46), Wotherspoon finished second (34.47), and Kyle Parrott (34.54) claimed the bronze. Consequently, Wotherspoon took the overall gold medal, Ireland was second, and the bronze was for Parrott.

 

 

On the women’s side Christine Nesbitt finished first in both 500m’s (38.56, 38.54), thereby claiming the overall gold medal. After two third-place finishes Anastasia Bucsis (38.83, 38.81) finished second overall, and the overall bronze medal was for Shannon Rempel (38.82/2, 38.88/4). Tamara Oudenaarden was fourth overall, after her fourth place (38.99) in the first 500m and her second place (38.78) in the second 500m.

 

 

 

“Each heat went well, I’m really happy to have secured my spot in the 500m for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, since it’s not my specialty”, Nesbitt told Speed Skating Canada. “It was a bit challenging to keep my focus while racing today, since I’m not all that confident at this distance.”

 

Last week speedskating-online interviewed Anastasia Bucsis. Click here to read the story.

For complete results see here.

 

US Single Distances Championships – day 2

 

1000m men

1.       Shani Davis – 1:07.90

2.       Nick Pearson – 1:09.52

3.       Mitchell Whitmore – 1:10.07

 

5000m men

1.       Trevor Marsicano – 6:21.02

2.       Jonathan Kuck – 6:22.79

3.       Brian Hansen – 6:24.85

 

1000m women

1.       Kelly Gunther – 1:17.12

2.       Rebekah Bradford – 1:17.31

3.       Anna Ringsred – 1:18.00

 

3000m women

1.       Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. – 4:09.50

2.       Jennifer Rodriguez – 4:10.04

3.       Maria Lamb – 4:10.48

 

For complete results see  here.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

 

 

US Single Distances Championships – day 1

 

500m men

1.       Mitchell Witmore – 35.33 (1) and 35.27 (1)

2.       Brent Aussprung – 35.46 (2) and 35.32 (3)

3.       Matthew Plummer – 35.56 (5)  and 35.27 (1)

 

500m women

1.       Lauren Cholewinski – 38.75 (3) and 38.46 (1)

2.       Rebekah Bradford – 39.00 (4) and 38.46 (2)

3.       Anna Ringsred – 39.98 (6) and 39.87 (4)

 

For complete results see here.

 

Dutch Olympic Trials – day 1

 

500m men

1.       Jan Smeekens –  35.03 (1) and 36.16 (2)

2.       Simon Kuipers – 35.20 (3) and 35.08 (1)

3.       Ronald Mulder – 35.19 (2) and 35.19 (3)

 

5000m men

1.       Bob de Jong – 6:14.12

2.       Carl Verheijen – 6:15.70

3.       Arjen van der Kieft  – 6:20.14

 

1500m women

1.       Ireen Wust – 1:56.97

2.       Annette Gerritsen – 1:57.58

3.       Laurine van Riessen – 1:58.35

 

For complete results see here. 

Sunday, 13 December 2009

 

On the third and final day of the World Cup in Salt Lake City only two distances were scheduled. The day started off with the 1000m. In the women’s 1000m Christine Nesbitt proved once again that she’s the one to be reckoned with, after she skated to a personal best and a gold medal (1:13.36). Shani Davis, who raced to a new world record in the 1500m on Friday, won the men’s 1000m in a time of 1:06.67.

After last week’s world record and gold medal in the Team Pursuit, the Canadian women, Christine Nesbitt, Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves, finished second, while the Russian women took the gold this week (2:57.18). In the men’s Team Pursuit, the Norwegian team was the fastest when they raced to a time of 3:39.55.

 

For complete results see here.

 

For video material click here.

 

Photo credits: Daniel Yeow

Saturday, 12 December 2009

On the second day of the World Cup in Salt Lake City, Beixing Wang (37.02) and Kyou-Hyuk Lee (34.26) finished first in the 500m. Next up was the women’s 1500m, in which Christine Nesbitt raced to the fastest time: 1:52.76, and the last distance of the day was the men’s 5000m, which saw Enrico Fabris finishing first in a new track record time of 6:06.06.

 

 

“The 1500m is the hardest race, you hurt so bad afterwards, it’s really hard mentally to face the race week after week, knowing how badly it’s going to feel. Today though, I’m really happy with the way I prepared mentally”, Nesbitt told Speed Skating Canada.

 

For complete results click here.

 

For video material click here.

 

Photo credits: Daniel Yeow

Friday, 11 December 2009

Two amazing world records on the first day of the World Cup in Salt Lake City (three including Brian Hansen’s junior world record in the 1500m)! In the first distance of the day, the women’s 500m, Jenny Wolf raced to a 37.00, which was an improvement of her own world record of 37.02, skated in Calgary two years ago.

 

 

After Kyou-Hyuk Lee’s and Martina Sablikova’s victories in respectively the men’s 500m (34.26) and the women’s 3000m (3:56.29), Brian Hansen then skated a junior world record in the men’s 1500m (1:44.45), and the day was concluded by a stunning new world record for Shani Davis in the same distance: 1:41.04.

 

 

For video material click here.

 

For complete results click here.

 

Photo credits: Daniel Yeow

Sunday, 6 December 2009

After finishing first in the 1000m at the World Cups in Berlin and Heerenveen, Christine Nesbitt and Shani Davis both claimed another gold medal in this distance on the third and final day of the World Cup in Calgary. Nesbitt clocked a 1:14.03 and Davis raced to a new track record time of 1:06.91.

 

 

In the Team Pursuit the Canadian women finished first after skating a new world record: 2:55.79, and on the men’s side the Dutch team claimed another victory (3:38.05).

 

 

For complete results see here.

 

Photo credits: Daniel Yeow

Saturday, 5 December 2009

On the second day of the World Cup in Calgary both the men and the women skated another 500m. Like yesterday, Jenny Wolf finished first on the women’s side (37.21), and on the men’s side Kyou-Hyuk Lee raced to a new personal best and gold medal with his 34.28. Next up was the women’s 1500m, with a victory for Kristina Groves, who needed 1:54.35 to complete the distance. Moreover, Christine Nesbitt (silver) and Brittany Schussler (4th) proved that the Canadian women are a force to be reckoned with in the 1500m. In the final distance of the day, the men’s 5000m, Sven Kramer raced to a solid 6:11.11, good for another gold medal.

For complete results see here.

Friday, 4 December 2009

On the first day of the World Cup in Calgary Jenny Wolf and Mika Poutala finished first in the 500m. Wolf needed 37.33 to complete the distance and Poutala raced to a new Finish record: 34.38. In the women’s 3000m Stephanie Beckert was 0.03 seconds faster than Martina Sablikova, thereby claiming the gold medal with her 3:56.80, and the final distance of the day, the men’s 1500m, saw a North American podium, with Chad Hedrick finishing first in 1:42.14, and a silver and bronze medal for respectively Shani Davis and Denny Morrison. “It’s a step in the right direction, and it’s a lot better than my last race in Heerenveen”, Morrison told  Speed Skating Canada. "I skated as well as I had been able to in the past. I am 95% satisfied, and I have never skated so fast at this time of year. However, if this is how I skate in February at the Olympic Games, I will not be satisfied. I will be even stronger in February, because my last lap will be even faster. ”

For complete results see here.