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Thursday, 27 November 2008

Richmond Oval as good as ready to welcome the world

On December 12 and 13 the Richmond Olympic Oval will officially open its doors to the public. Besides the opening festivities, which will include tours of the new oval, the public will get a chance to feel like Olympic champions themselves during a number of 45-minute skating sessions. For more information click here http://www.richmond.ca/news/city/ovalopening.htm.

Of course the Richmond Olympic Oval will host the long track speed skating events during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, but the first official competition 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.

 

Schedule Canadian Single Distances Championships:

 

Saturday December 27

Men's 500m

Women's 500m

 

Sunday December 28

Women's 3000m

Men's 5000m

 

Monday December 29

Men's 1000m

Women's 1000m

 

Tuesday December 30

Men's 1500m

Women's 1500m

 

Wednesday December 31

Women's 5000m

Men's 10000m

 

For more information about the Canadian Single Distances Championships (including ticket sales) check out the following website:

http://www.speedskating.ca/index.cfm?id=1724

 

 

Schedule World Single Distances Championships:

 

Thursday March 12

Men¿s 1500m

Women¿s 3000m

 

Friday March 13

Men¿s 1000m

Women¿s 1500m

Men¿s 5000m

 

Saturday March 14

Women¿s 1000m

Men¿s 10000m

Women¿s 5000m

 

Sunday March 15

Women¿s 500m (first race)

Men¿s 500m (first race)

Women¿s 500m (second race)

Men¿s 500m (second race)

Women¿s Team Pursuit

Men¿s Team Pursuit

 

For more information about the World Single Distances Championships (including ticket sales) check out the following website:

http://www.speedskatingrichmond2009.com/Home/tabid/494/language/en-CA/Default.aspx

Sunday, 23 November 2008

 

Another gold medal for Claudia Pechstein in the 1500m and a gold medal for Bob de Jong in the 10k were the highlights of the second and final day of the World Cup in Moscow.

 

On the second day of the World Cup in Moscow Claudia Pechstein managed to win her second gold medal this weekend. She clocked a track record time of 1:55.96 in the 1500m. Second was Christine Nesbitt in a time of 1:56.40. The bronze medal was for Kristina Groves (1:56.76), who won the first two World Cup competitions in Berlin and Heerenveen.

 

Bob de Jong was the only skater to finish the 10k under 13 minutes this weekend. He won the gold medal in a track record time of 12:59.21. The silver was for Håvard Bøkko, who raced to a time of 13:00.65. Third was Enrico Fabris (13:11.98).

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

 

The World Cup in Moscow started off with two victories for Peter Mueller¿s speed skaters. Håvard Bøkko raced to a new track record in the 1500m earning him a gold medal and Claudia Pechstein did the same in the 5000m.

 

 

 

The men and women competing in Moscow this weekend only have two distances to race. Today the men¿s 1500m took place, in which Håvard Bøkko raced to his first gold medal in this distance. He finished in 1:45.46, setting a new track record. Mark Tuitert claimed the silver medal with a time of 1:45.81 and the bronze was for Enrico Fabris (1:46.00), who was also the first one to break the old track record today.

 

 

The second distance of the day was the women¿s 5000m. Again a track record was set: Claudia Pechstein raced to the fastest time. She skated 12 seconds faster than the old track record and finished in 6:49.92. Martina Sablikova won the silver medal (6:57.18) and Stephanie Beckert surprisingly finished third in a time of 7:01.72, beating top speed skaters such as Clara Hughes and Kristina Groves.

 

For complete results see here.

Click here for interviews with Claudia Pechstein and Håvard Bøkko after winning respectively the 5000m and 1500m on saturday.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Monday, 17 November 2008

This weekend the second World Cup of this season took place in Heerenveen. Photos are online. Go to our photo section to see all of them.

Click here to find a few links to some videos of the best races at the World Cup in Heerenveen. You will also find some interviews with speedskaters and coaches (Christine Nesbitt, Vincent Labrie, Pekka Koskela and others)

For complete results see here.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Click here to find a few links to some videos of the best races at the World Cup in Berlin. Click on the link and go directly to the video you want to see on Universal Sports - Speed Skating Channel.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

 

Christine Nesbitt and Stefan Groothuis raced to gold medals in the 1000m on the third and final day of the World Cup in Berlin. The Dutch women and Canadian men finished first in the Team Pursuit.

 

In the women’s 1000m Christine Nesbitt skated the fastest time of the day: 1:16.86. The silver medal was for fellow-Canadian Shannon Rempel (1:17.11) and Laurine van Riessen surprisingly finished third in 1:17.21.

 

Another surprise was Stefan Groothuis’s gold medal in the 1000m. He raced to a time of 1:09.13, beating Shani Davis by 0.02 seconds (1:09.15). Simon Kuipers finished third in 1:09.30.

 

In the women’s Team Pursuit the fastest time of the day was skated by the Dutch: 3:04.34. Second was Germany (3:04.51) and the bronze was for the United States (3:05.68).

 

And finally, the Canadian men captured the gold medal in the Team Pursuit after skating a time of 3:47.29. Germany finished second (3:47.37) and the bronze medal was for Japan (3:48.02).

 

For complete results see here

 

Christine Nesbitt and Ingrid Paul

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

 

 

Be sure to check out more photos on DESGphoto

Saturday, 8 November 2008

On the second day of the first World Cup, in Berlin, Beixing Wang, Joji Kato, Martina Sablikova and Sven Kramer won gold medals in respectively the women’s and men’s 500m, the women’s 3000m and the men’s 1500m. Also, another track record was skated and Jeremy Wotherspoon took a nasty fall.

 

In the women’s 500m Beixing Wang revenged the fact that she lost the gold medal to Jenny Wolf yesterday by just a few thousands of a second and skated to today’s fastest time: 37.91. The silver was for Wolf (37.95) and Sang-Hwa Lee finished third in 38.26.

 

After his fall in the 500m yesterday, today Joji Kato raced to a gold medal and a new track record (34.70). The previous track record was owned by Jeremy Wotherspoon, who took a very nast fall today and injured his left arm. He was taken to the hospital. Fengtong Yu finished second in 35.07, the bronze medal was for Mika Poutala (35.13).

 

Martina Sablikova won the women’s 3000m in a time of 4:03.70. Daniela Anschütz finished second in 4:07.08, and Masako Hozumi was third in 4:07.92.

 

With a sweep of all three medals plus the fourth place, the Dutch dominated in the men’s 1500m. The gold medal was for Sven Kramer, who skated to a 1:45.69. Erben Wennemars finsished second in 1:45.85, the bronze was for Simon Kuipers (1:45.95) and Mark Tuitert finished fourth in 1:46.04.

For complete results see here

Friday, 7 November 2008

 

Today Jenny Wolf, Keiichiro Nagashima, Kristina Groves and Sven Kramer won the first gold medals of the first World Cup of the season in Berlin in respectively the women’s and men’s 500m, the women’s 1500m and the men’s 5000m. Furthermore there were some nasty falls, one of Berlin’s track records was improved, and one country managed to “own the podium”.

 

In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf and Beixing Wang both finished in a time of 37.75, but after their races were studied more closely, it was decided that Wang was a couple of thousands of a second slower than Wolf, resulting in a gold medal, 100 points and a track record for Wolf and a silver medal and 80 points for Wang. The bronze medal was for Sang-Hwa Lee (38.12).

 

In the men’s 500m Keiichiro Nagashima skated to the fastest time of the day (34.92) and a gold medal. The silver medal was for Pekka Koskela (34.99) and Kyou-Hyuk Lee finished third in 35.01. Jeremy Wotherspoon, last year’s overall winner in the 500m World Cup, finished 7th in 35.33. Tae-Bum Mo, Joji Kato, Simon Kuipers and Mike Ireland all fell in their 500m, which in the case of the Canadian resulted in an injured left shoulder.

 

The Canadian women ruled in the women’s 1500m and demonstrated what it means to truly “own the podium”. Kristina Groves raced to the fastest time (1:57.65), second was Brittany Schussler in 1:57.74, and the bronze was for Shannon Rempel (1:58.04).

 

Sven Kramer consolidated the winning spree he has been on since the Dutch Single Distances Championships last weekend. Today he took the gold in the men’s 5000m in a time of 6:15.74. The silver medal was for Håvard Bøkko (6:20.03) and Carl Verheijen finished third in 6:20.87.

 

For complete results see here

Monday, 3 November 2008

The Dutch Speed Skating Association (KNSB) announced the Dutch team for the first two World Cups in Berlin and Heerenveen. The following athletes are selected.

Women

500m: Annette Gerritsen, Margot Boer, Thijsje Oenema, Marianne Timmer, Natasja Bruintjes.

1000m: Paulien van Deutekom, Annette Gerritsen, Natasja Bruintjes, Laurine van Riessen, Ireen Wüst

1500m: Paulien van Deutekom, Ireen Wüst, Marrit Leenstra, Elma de Vries, Laurine van Riessen

3000m: Renate Groenewold, Paulien van Deutekom, Lisette van der Geest, Gretha Smit, Diane Valkenburg.

Men

500m: Jan Smeekens, Simon Kuipers, Mark Tuitert, Stefan Groothuis, Beorn Nijenhuis

1000m: Stefan Groothuis, Erben Wennemars, Mark Tuitert, Simon Kuipers, Jan Bos

1500m: Sven Kramer, Mark Tuitert, Simon Kuipers, Erben Wennemars, Stefan Groothuis

5000m: Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen, Wouter olde Heuvel, Bob de Jong, Ted-Jan Bloemen.

Team Pursuit

Berlin

Women: Paulien van Deutekom, Ireen Wüst, Renate Groenewold

Men: Mark Tuitert, Erben Wennemars, Carl Verheijen

Heerenveen

Women: Paulien van Deutekom, Ireen Wüst, Renate Groenewold

Men: Simon Kuipers, Wouter olde Heuvel, Sven Kramer

 

The Norwegian Skating Federation has also announced which athletes will compete at the first World Cups. The selected athletes are:

Maren Haugli, Håvard Bøkko, Michael Flygind Larsen, Christopher Fagerli Rukke, Sverre Haugli, Øystein Grødum, Tore Solli, Frederik van der Horst

Sunday, 2 November 2008

 

The third and final day of the Dutch Single Distances Championships was a successful one for Sven Kramer, who won the 1500m as well as the 10k. On the women¿s side there were gold medals for Paulien van Deutekom and Renate Groenewold in respectively the 1500m and 5000m.

 

In the first distance of the day, the women¿s 1500m, Paulien van Deutekom raced to the fastest time: 1:58.16. After her disqualification in the 3000m yesterday, Ireen Wüst made a good comeback when she clocked the second time of the day: 1:59.07, and last but not least, the bronze medal was for Marrit Leenstra, gold medalist at the World Junior Championships last season, who is starting out her first season as a senior (1:59.43).

 

With only one race to go in the men¿s 1500m, the Dutch DSB team seemed to be on its way to three medals, but Sven Kramer of the TVM team put a stop to this when he clocked 1:45.81 in his race against Erben Wennemars (1:46.67/4). The silver medal was for yesterday¿s bronze medalist in the 1000m, Mark Tuitert (1:46.06), and Simon Kuipers finished third (1:46.35).

 

After winning the 3000m yesterday, Renate Groenewold also won the gold medal in the 5000m (7:04.00). Gretha Smit finished second in 7:08.83, and the bronze was for Lisette van der Geest (7:13.86).

 

In the men¿s 10k Sven Kramer won his third gold medal of the weekend in a time of 13:09.84. Carl Verheijen raced to the second time of the day (13:13.88), and Bob de Jong finished third in 13:19.34.

 

For complete results see http://www.aegonnkafstanden.nl/live-2009/nk/afstanden/content/protocol/index.asp

 

Click here for video material of the Dutch Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

On the second day of the Dutch Single Distances Championships there were gold medals for Paulien van Deutekom, Stefan Groothuis and Renate Groenewold; Erben Wennemars revenged his 15th place in yesterday’s 500m; and Ireen Wüst and Beorn Nijenhuis were disqualified after violating a new ISU regulation.

  

 

 

In the women’s 1000m Paulien van Deutekom successfully defended her title when she skated to a time of 1:16.66. The silver medal was for Annette Gerritsen, who won yesterday’s 500m and skated a 1:17.34 in today’s 1000m, and Natasja Bruintjes finished third in 1:17.72.

 

 

 

Stefan Groothuis, who struggled with an injury all last season, convincingly won the men’s 1000m in a time of 1:08.82. Second was Erben Wennemars, who finished 15th in the 500m yesterday (36.09 and 36.18), and skated to a 1:09.34 in today’s 1000m. And after yesterday’s bronze medal in the 500m, there was another bronze medal for Mark Tuitert in the 1000m (1:09.44).

 

Renate Groenewold was crowned Dutch champion in the 3000m after she won this distance in a time of 4:06.99. The silver medal was won by Van Deutekom (4:08.49) and the bronze medal was for Lisette van der Geest after she took 9 seconds off of her personal best time and skated to a 4:09.49.

 

Ireen Wüst and Beorn Nijenhuis were disqualified in respectively the 3000m and the 1000m after violating a new ISU regulation stating that a skater must stay in his or her lane at all times while skating the corners. Disqualification follows after crossing the line even once.

 

For complete results see http://www.aegonnkafstanden.nl/live-2009/nk/afstanden/content/protocol/index.asp

 

Click here for video material of the Dutch Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

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