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Friday, 30 November 2007

Canada announces the World Cup teams for the December World Cups in Europe.

World Cup Kolomna December 1 and 2

 

Men:

1500m: Steven Elm, Jeff Kitura, Lucas Makowsky, Aaron Sadlier, Justin Warsylewicz

10000m: Steven Elm, Lucas Makowsky, Aaron Sadlier, Justin Warsylewizc

 

Women:

1500m: Nicole Garrido, Kristine Groves, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, Brittany Schussler

5000m: Michele D’Amours, Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Brittany Schussler

 

World Cup Heerenveen December 7, 8 and 9

 

Men:

500m: Vincent Labrie, Brock Miron, Denny Morrison, Muncef Ouardi, François-Olivier Roberge

1000m: Steven Elm, Jeff Kitura, Brock Miron, Denny Morrison, François-Olivier Roberge

1500m: Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Jeff Kitura, Denny Morrison, François-Olivier Roberge

5000m: Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Lucas Makowsky, Aaron Sadlier, Justin Warsylewicz

Team Pursuit: Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Jeff Kitura, Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison, Aaron Sadlier, Justin Warsylewicz

 

Women:

500m: Cindy Klassen (1), Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel, Kerry Simpson (2), Kim Weger, Danielle Wotherspoon

1000m: Kristina Groves, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel

1500m: Kristina Groves, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel

3000m: Nicole Garrido, Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen

Team Pursuit: Nicole Garrido, Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel,

 

World Cup Erfurt December 15 and 16

 

Men:

500m: Vincent Labrie, Brock Miron, Denny Morrison, Muncef Ouardi, François-Olivier Roberge

1000m: Steven Elm, Jeff Kitura, Brock Miron, Denny Morrison, François-Olivier Roberge

 

Women:

500m: Cindy Klassen (1), Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel, Kerry Simpson, Kim Weger, Danielle Wotherspoon

1000m: Cindy Klassen, Shannon Rempel, Brittany Schussler, Kim Weger, Danielle Wotherspoon

Friday, 23 November 2007

 

The World Cup that was supposed to take place in Moscow on December 1 and 2 has been relocated to Kolomna. Yesterday the Krylatskoje speed skating rink was closed due to the possibilty of a collapsing roof. Krylatskoje will be closed for at least a few months. About 150 athletes, coaches, officials and journalists are now forced to look for new accomodations in the Kolomna region some 100k from Moscow.

 

As a result of the complaint submitted by the Dutch Speed Skating Association (KNSB), the ISU will investigate the time registration system that was used at the last World Cup in Calgary. On the last day of this World Cup Simon Kuipers lost his 1000m bronze medal to Shani Davis. According to the KNSB, however, photo finish material shows Kuipers finishing before Davis. The KNSB believes that part of the problem may be the time registration system. They urge the ISU to create more possibilities to check the different kinds of systems being used. The KNSB advises a triple method, consisting of photo finish material, visual accounts and the so-called transponder.  On Monday December 17 the ISU will give a verdict on the case.

 

 

Last weekend Calgary was the first rink to use a wireless time registration system.

Monday, 19 November 2007

 

Simon Kuipers lost the bronze medal he won in the 1000m at the World Cup in Calgary on Sunday. Immediately after his race against Shani Davis it was not clear who had actually won the race. According to the time registration Davis had skated a faster time, but after the finish line footage had been studied, it was decided that Kuipers was in fact the true winner in a time of 1:07.39. A few hours after the medal ceremony however, referee Jim McClements announced that not Kuipers, but Davis and Kyou-Hyuk Lee had won the bronze in the 1000m, because Kuipers did not have both blades on the ice when crossing the finish line. As a result he was clocked when his second blade crossed the line. So instead of third, Kuipers finished fifth in the official results of the 1000m. The Dutch Speed Skating Association has submitted an official complaint to the ISU.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Only two distances on the final day of the World Cup in Calgary: the 1000m and the Team Pursuit. In the women’s 1000m Anni Friesinger won in a new German record time of 1:13.49. Christine Nesbitt was second in 1:14.14, third was Chiara Simionato in 1:14.15.

 

Anni Friesinger also took the gold in the women’s Team Pursuit, together with teammates Claudia Pechstein and Daniela Anschütz. The German team skated a time of 2:56.46. Second was Canada in a time of 2:59.18, third was Russia in 3:01.04.

 

After being disqualified in the 1000m for an illegal cross-over last week in Salt Lake City and a fall in the 1500m last Friday, Denny Morrison made an impressive comeback when he won the 1000m in a time of 1:07.25. He beat Jeremy Wotherspoon, who took the silver medal after skating one of the fastest openers ever in the 1000m (16.16) and a final time of 1:07.31. Third was Simon Kuipers (1:07.39).

 

In the men’s Team Pursuit Denny Morrison managed to capture another gold medal. Together with teammates Arne Dankers and Steven Elm Morrison skated a 3:41.95. Second was Norway (3:42.88) and the bronze was for Germany (3:44.40).

 

See here for complete results.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

 

Like yesterday, the women’s 500m was won by Jenny Wolf in a time of 37.15, second was Beixing Wang (37.55) and Annette Gerritsen was third in 37.63. She just missed the Dutch record, but it was a new personal best time.

 

In the men’s 500m Jeremy Wotherspoon skated a 34.24: good for another gold medal. Second was Tucker Fedricks in 34.31, which was an improvement of the old American record skated by Casey FitzRandolph at the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. Third was Mika Poutala in a new Finish record time of 34.39. Weijiang An fell, almost taking his pair Jan Smeekens with him. Former world record holder Joji Kato won the B division in 34.81.

 

Christine Nesbitt skated the women’s 1500m in exactly the same time as she did last week at the World Cup in Salt Lake City: 1:52.75. Again good for the gold medal. Second was Anni Friesinger in a new German record time of 1:53.09, and third was another Canadian: Kristina Groves (1:53.18).

 

In the men’s 5000m Sven Kramer took back the world record in the 5000m that he lost to Enrico Fabris last week. Kramer finished in an amazing time of 6:03.32. Noteworthy also was his 3000m time, which was faster than the world record time in the 3000m skated by Eskil Ervik. Second was Enrico Fabris in an Italian record time of 6:06.42, which was faster than the old world record time as well. Carl Verheijen took the bronze medal after skating a 6:11.15.

 

See here for complete results.

Friday, 16 November 2007

 

Day 1 of the World Cup in Calgary saw the first women’s world record of the season when Jenny Wolf raced to a 37.02 in the 500m. On top of that, Wolf’s opener of 10.13 was the fastest opener ever skated by a woman. The previous world record of 37.04 was also skated by Wolf, at the World Cup in Calgary last season. Second was Beixing Wang in 37.21 (a Chinese record), third was Sayuri Yoshii in 37.88. Expectations may be high for tomorrow’s 500m, but Wolf is not expecting to skate another world record, because tomorrow she will finish in the inner lane.

 

In the 3000m Martina Sablikova won again, like she did last week at the World Cup in Salt Lake City. This time she skated to a 3:55.83. Second was Renate Groenewold in a Dutch record time of 3:55.98, and the bronze medal was for Kristina Groves (3:58.78).

 

Jeremy Wotherspoon added another World Cup victory in the 500m after racing to a 34.23. Dmitry Lobkov was second in 34.35, third was Joon Mun in 34.43.

 

And finally, Simon Kuipers surprisingly won the 1500m in a new personal best time of 1:42.37. His pair Mark Tuitert raced to a new personal best time as well: 1:42.87, which was good for the bronze medal. Second was Shani Davis in 1:42.83.

 

Even though Wolf raced to a world record today, it is not of much use for Calgary to get back into the race with Salt Lake City over being the fastest ice on earth, since Calgary already owned this world record.

 

See here for complete results.

Monday, 12 November 2007

The last day of the World Cup in Salt Lake City was successful for Jeremy Wotherspoon, with victories in both the 500m and the 1000m. He won the 500m in another very fast time of 34.14, second was Kang-Seok Lee in 34.23, third was Fentong Yu in 34.49. In the 1000m Wotherspoon was paired with world record holder Shani Davis, which resulted in an exciting race: Wotherspoon won in a Canadian record time of 1:07.03, Davis clocked a 1:07.04. Third was Kyou-Hyuk Lee in 1:07.07. Despite the great results for Wotherspoon over the weekend, he is certain there is still room for improvement: "This is in no way the best that I can do because I've hardly been back at it, so I'm excited to see what else I can do in the future. I'm better now than I was before but definitely not perfect."

In the women's 1000m Chiara Simionato won in a new Italian record time of 1:13.47, second was Anni Friesinger in a German record time of 1:13.71, and the bronze was for Christine Nesbitt, who skated a personal best of 1:13.92.

And finally, the gold in the 3000m was for Martina Sablikova after she managed to skate a 3:57.98 despite an injury. Second was Cindy Klassen (3:59.37), third was Renate Groenewold (3:59.79).

See here for complete results.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

 

Check out our newest feature video material!

Wotherspoon's, Wennemars' and Koskela's world record races.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Two new world records on the second day of the World Cup in Salt Lake City: Pekka Koskela improved the world’s fastest time in the 1000m to a 1:07.00 and Marrit Leenstra skated a junior world record of 1:56.47 in the 1500m. After some problems with his boots yesterday and finishing seventh in the 500m, Koskela managed to pick himself up again today and came very close to the 1:07 barrier. His pair Denny Morrison, already very fast in the 1000m this season, was disqualified after a bad cross-over. Second was Shani Davis, third was Jeremy Wotherspoon, who skated the fastest flying lap ever (24.3).

 

Christine Nesbitt took her first-ever gold World Cup medal in the 1500m, skating a new personal best time of 1:52.75. Kristina Groves was second, Chiara Simionato finished third in 1:54.65, a new Italian record. Noteworthy was the new junior world record skated by Marrit Leenstra, who improved Ireen Wüst’s old record.

 

In the 500m Jenny Wolf and Beixing Wang switched places compared to yesterday: today Wolf took the gold, skating a 37.22, Wang finished second in 37.45. The bronze medal was for Sayuri Yoshii (37.90).

 

In the 5000m Enrico Fabris surprisingly beat Sven Kramer by skating a new world record time of 6:07.40. In what was his first 5000m of the season, Fabris skated the first Italian world record ever. For Kramer this was the first time that he lost a race since Torino 2006. Kramer was second in 6:07.52, Håvard Bøkko was third in 6:14.14.

 

See here for complete results.

Friday, 9 November 2007

 

The World Cup season has started off with an amazing world record in the 500m. In Salt Lake City Jeremy Wotherspoon improved the old record of 34.25 and ended up skating an incredible time of 34.03. After skating a new personal best time of 34.36 two weeks ago at the Canadian World Cup Team Selection, expectations were high, but this fast a time may have come as a surprise to all. Second was Kang-Seok Lee (34.20), third was Kyou-Hyuk Lee (34.31).

 

In the 1500m Erben Wennemars skated a personal best of 1:42.32, which is the same time as the world record skated by Shani Davis at the World Cup in Calgary last season. Denny Morrison skated a personal best as well and was second: 1:42.79, third was Shani Davis (1:42.92).

 

Beixing Wang won the 500m (37.32) and the 1000m (1:14.19). In the 500m Jenny Wolf was second, Sayuri Yoshii was third and in the 1000m Anni Friesinger took the silver and Fei Wang took the bronze.

 

See here for complete results.

 

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