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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Stefan Groothuis prolonged his title in the 1000m on the second day of the Dutch Single Distances Championships. In the women’s 1000m, Annette Gerritsen won her second title this weekend, after yesterday’s title in the 500m. And the current Olympic champion in the 3000m, Ireen Wüst, took the gold medal in this same distance in Heerenveen today.

In the women’s 1000m, Annette Gerritsen claimed the gold medal after she finished in a time of 1:16.83. The podium was an exact copy of yesterday’s podium for the 500m. Margot Boer came in second (1:17.18) and Olympic champion in the 1000m in Torino, Marianne Timmer, finished third (1:17.26).

Stefan Groothuis proved that he is still the fastest skater in the 1000m in The Netherlands, when he prolonged his title (1:09.30). Simon Kuipers claimed the silver medal ( 1:09.53), and Mark Tuitert won his second bronze medal this weekend (1:09.57).

The Dutch Fall World Cup Team for the 1000m men will consist of Stefan Groothuis, Simon Kuipers, Mark Tuitert, Jan Bos and Lars Elgersma.

Current Olympic champion in the 3000m, Ireen Wüst, took the gold medal in this same distance in Heerenveen today after skating to a time of 4:11.52. Renate Groenewold, who had surgery after a herniated disc this summer, won the silver medal (4:12.46). Like Groenewold, Diane Valkenburg is also returning to the ice after surgery. Valkenburg had her right kidney removed in March 2009. In April she started training again and today she managed to win the bronze medal in the 3000m (4:13.30).

For complete results see here.

Friday, 30 October 2009

This weekend the Dutch Single Distances Championships are taking place in Heerenveen. At this competition, not only the national titles will be at stake, but it is also the event that will determine the Dutch teams for the Fall World Cups. Jan Smeekens and Annette Gerritsen won the 500m, just like last year and the year before that. In the 5000m Sven Kramer won the gold medal.

The men’s 500m saw the same gold-medalist as last year and the year before that. But unlike last year, Jan Smeekens only managed to win the first 500m (35.23). In the second 500m he finished 7th (35.55), after he lost some time due to a false start. Surprise of the day, however, was Ronald Mulder's silver medal. He finished his 500m’s in 35.47 (2) and 35.33 (1). Like last year, the bronze medal was for Mark Tuitert (35.54/3 and 35.47/4). 

The Dutch Fall World Cup Team for the 500m men will consist of Jan Smeekens, Ronald Mulder, Simon Kuipers, Stefan Groothuis and Mark Tuitert.

With a second place (38.51) and a first place (38.37) Annette Gerritsen was crowned Dutch Champion in the 500m for the third year in a row. Margot Boer won the silver medal (38.44/1 and 38.63/2) and Marianne Timmer finished third in both 500m’s (38.78 and 38.98), resulting in the overall bronze medal.

The Dutch Fall World Cup Team for the 500m women will consist of Margot Boer, Annette Gerritsen, Marianne Timmer, Thijsje Oenema and Laurine van Riessen.

In the 5000m for men there were no surprises. Sven Kramer finished first after racing to a time of 6:20.71. Bob de Jong claimed the silver medal (6:23.13), and third was Wouter Olde Heuvel, who finished in a time of 6:25.33.

For complete results see here.

Friday, 30 October 2009

US Speedskating announced the American teams for the Fall World Cups last week.

 

World Cup Team 500m women

Elli Ochowicz, Heather Richardson, Jen Rodriguez, Lauren Cholewinski and Rebekah Bradford

 

World Cup Team 500m men

Tucker Fredricks, Brent Aussprung, Shani Davis, Nick Pearson, Matt Plummer

 

World Cup Team 1000m women

Jen Rodriguez, Heather Richardson, Elli Ochowicz, Rebekah Bradford and Jilleanne Rookard

 

World Cup Team 1000m men

Shani Davis, Nick Pearson, Trevor Marsicano, Chad Hedrick and Jonathan Kuck

 

World Cup Team 1500m women

Jen Rodriguez, Jilleanne Rookard, Maria Lamb and Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr

 

World Cup Team 1500m men

Chad Hedrick, Shani Davis, Trevor Marsicano, Jonathan Kuck and Brian Hansen

 

World Cup Team 3000m/5000m women

Jilleanne Rookard, Maria Lamb, Catherine Raney and Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr

 

World Cup Team 5000m/10k men

Shani Davis, Jonathan Kuck, Chad Hedrick, Brian Hansen and Ryan Bedford

 

World Cup Team TP women

Maria Lamb, Catherine Raney, Jen Rodriguez, Jilleanne Rookard, Nancy Swider-Petlz, Jr

 

World Cup Team TP men

Shani Davis, Brian Hansen, Chad Hedrick, Jonathan Kuck, Trevor Marsicano

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Based on pre-qualification and last weekend's Fall World Cup Selections in Richmond, Speed Skating Canada announced the Canadian teams for the upcoming European World Cups.

 

World Cup Berlin

World Cup Heerenveen

World Cup Hamar

500m

Women:

Anastasia Bucsis

Justine L’Heureux

Christine Nesbitt

Tamara Oudenaarden

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Vincent Labrie

Richard MacLennan

Denny Morrison

Muncef Ouardi

François-Oliver Roberge 

Women:

Anastasia Bucsis

Justine L’Heureux

Christine Nesbitt

Tamara Oudenaarden

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Jamie Gregg

Mike Ireland

Vincent Labrie

Muncef Ouardi

Kyle Parrott

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1000m

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Jeff Kitura

Richard MacLennan

Denny Morrison

Philippe Riopel

François-Oliver Roberge

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Jamie Gregg

Richard MacLennan

Denny Morrison

Kyle Parrott

François-Oliver Roberge

 

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1500m

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Mykola Makowsky

Denny Morrison

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Mykola Makowsky

Denny Morrison

Women:

Nicole Garrido

Kristina Groves

Justine L’Heureux

Christine Nesbitt

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Jeff Kitura

Lucas Makowsky

Denny Morrison

3000m

Nicole Garrido

Kristina Groves

Clara Hughes

Cindy Klassen

Brittany Schussler

Nicole Garrido

Kristina Groves

Clara Hughes

Cindy Klassen

Brittany Schussler

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5000m

Men:

Jordan Belchos

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Jay Morrison

Men:

Jordan Belchos

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Jay Morrison

Women:

Nicole Garrido

Kristina Groves

Clara Hughes

Brittany Schussler

10k

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Jordan Belchos

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Keith Sulzer

Team Pursuit

-

Women:

Nicole Garrido

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Justine L’Heureux

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Denny Morrison

Jay Morrison

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

 

On the fourth and final day of the Canadian World Cup Selections in Richmond Clara Hughes and Jordan Belchos claimed gold in respectively the 5000m and 10k, the last two events of the competition.

 

After racing to the fastest time in the 3000m yesterday, Clara Hughes also managed to win the 5000m when she crossed the finish line after 7:11.31. Second was Cindy Klassen in 7:19.32, and the bronze was for Nicole Garrido (7:24.63).

 

“My race was ok, and I did do some good things that I wasn’t able to do Monday during the 3000m event”, Hughes told Speed Skating Canada. “On the other hand, I couldn’t replicate what I did well yesterday. My time was reasonable, without being excellent. Now I have to put together everything that worked well, so I still have some work to do.”

 

In the 10k Jordan Belchos finished first in 13:55.07. There was another medal for Mathieu Giroux after he skated to the second time of the day (14:00.04), and the bronze medal was for Keith Sulzer (14:14.72).

 

 “I like the 10k, because you can establish a rhythm and try to hang on; that’s the event I prefer”, Belchos told Speed Skating Canada.

 

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Monday, 19 October 2009

 

On the third day of the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections, there were gold medals for Kristina Groves and Clara Hughes in respectively the 1000m and the 3000m, and Denny Morrison claimed another gold medal after his victory in yesterday’s 1000m by skating to the fastest time in the 1500m. 

 

 

In today’s first event, the women’s 1000m, Kristina Groves needed 1:17.23 to complete the distance, which proved to be fast enough for the gold medal. Brittany Schussler finished second in 1:17.74 and the bronze was for Cindy Klassen (1:18.86).

 

“It wasn’t the best 1000m race of my life, but regardless, it was a great opportunity to skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval before the Olympic Winter Games begin”, Groves told Speed Skating Canada. “There are still a lot of things I’d like to improve upon; I need to have a better first half of the race, for example.”

 

 

Next up was the men’s 1500m, in which Denny Morrison raced to a time of 1:46.39, which was a lot faster than his 1500m at the World Single Distances championships in Richmond last March (1:47.05). Second was Lucas Makowsky in 1:47.42, also faster than his time skated in March (1:48.55), and Mathieu Giroux claimed the bronze medal with his 1:48.70.

 

“I’m really happy with my time. I’ve been concentrating a lot on my technique this year, in contrast to last year when I was focusing on my physical fitness. Now if I can combine the two, then great things are to come”, Morrison told Speed Skating Canada.

 

In the final distance of the day, the women’s 3000m, Clara Hughes finished first after racing to a time of 4:12.16. The silver medal was for Christine Nesbitt, gold-medalist in yesterday’s 1500m and Saturday’s 500m; she completed the distance in 4:15.65, and Cindy Klassen claimed another bronze medal (4:15.90).

 

“I set out with a faster pace as if it was the 1500m”, Hughes told Speed Skating Canada. “It was a solid race and I’m in good shape. I’m looking forward to the 5000m event tomorrow.”

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

 

On the second day of the Fall World Cup Team Selections in Richmond, Christine Nesbitt won her second gold medal of the weekend, this time in the 1500m. In the men’s competition Denny Morrison and Lucas Makowsky both won their first gold medal of this competition, in respectively the 1000m and 5000m.

 

In the 1000m Denny Morrison finished in a time of 1:09.91, good for the gold medal. Yesterday’s gold-medalist in the 500m, Kyle Parrott, had another good day when he raced to the second place (1:10.46). The bronze medal was for Jamie Gregg (1:10.53).

 

“I was only hoping to win, but that’s what I did; this is more than I expected! In fact, I was almost two seconds faster in my races today than in training races”, Morrison told Speed Skating Canada. “Last week, I trained really hard, but this week I had more rest days in order to make sure I was ready.  Generally speaking, my progress is seen throughout the season in order to be in the best possible shape for the end of the year.  I’m really happy to be able to achieve the times I did at this point in the season; I’ll be in even better shape in a few months.”

 

Christine Nesbitt raced to her second gold medal this weekend. After winning yesterday’s 500m, she ended up on the highest step of the podium again after she finished her 1500m in a new track record time of 1:56.89. Kristina Groves won the silver medal ( 1:57.30) and Brittany Schussler came in third after racing to a time of 1:58.13.

 

The last distance of the day was the 5000m. Lucas Makowsky managed to win the gold when he finished in a time of 6:35.56. Denny Morrison won his second medal this weekend. He claimed the silver medal after racing to a time of 6:37.14, and Mathieu Giroux finished third in 6:38.01.

 

 

On his own website Lucas Makowsky said: “I was happy with the 5k today because I skated a really flat race, and my time was very close to what I skated at Worlds back in March. That was a good sign, but it was far from a flawless race. I adjusted the offset of my blades last week and I haven’t fully adapted to it yet. I know it’s there though, because I’ve had a few really good training sessions on the new offset. Once I get a little more comfortable with my position on my blades, I know it will come around.”

 

 

 

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

 

Saturday, 17 October 2009

 

 

On the first day of the Canadian Fall World Cup Selections in Richmond there were gold medals for Christine Nesbitt and Kyle Parrott in the 500m. In the first 500m Nesbitt raced to a 38.62, which was a season’s best for her. The silver was for Shannon Rempel (39.18) and Tamara Oudenaarden took the bronze (39.89). Nesbitt also finished first in the second 500m (38.99); this time around the silver was for Oudenaarden (39.83), while Brittany Schussler raced to the third time: 39.94. Obviously, Nesbitt also finished first overall, Oudenaarden was second.

 

“In my first race I clocked one of my best times for that particular distance, so I’m very happy”, Nesbitt told Speed Skating Canada, “I really worked on my technique, and I was able to transfer all my strength into my skating; I feel really good!”

Surprisingly, Anastasia Bucsis took the overall bronze medal in the 500m (40.03 and 40.11), thereby making her very first World Cup team. After her races she said:

“I'm really excited with how everything unfolded today. I was confident in my approach but I didn't really know how my times would compare to the other girls! I felt good on ice leading up to racing and I went in with a positive attitude. All I wanted was to skate how I know how I can skate and to have fun! I had fun!”

 

Kyle Parrott raced to the fastest time in the first 500m: 35.05. Vincent Labrie, troubled by an injury last season, finished second in 35.29, and the podium of the first 500m was completed by Jamie Gregg (35.51). In the second 500m the gold was for Mike Ireland, who was also injured for almost the entire past season. He needed 35.30 to complete the distance. Gregg finished second (35.31) and the bronze was for Labrie (35.34). These combined times resulted in the overall gold medal for Parrot, the silver was for Labrie and Gregg finished third.

 

“I felt very good on the ice today”, Parrott told Speed Skating Canada. “There are such great skaters here today that I wasn’t certain of winning, but the fact that I ranked first overall is absolutely the most motivating thing to happen to me at these selections.”

 

Jeremy Wotherspoon, who broke his arm at the first World Cup of the past season, finished 7th overall (35.76 and 35.89).

 

The 500m women’s World Cup team will most likely consist of Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel, Tamara Oudenaarden, Brittany Schussler and Anastasia Bucsis, whereas Muncef Ouardi, Vincent Labrie, Jamie Gregg, Mike Ireland and Kyle Parrot seem most likely to have qualified for the men’s 500m World Cup team. Speed Skating Canada will announce the official selection after the closing of the events in Richmond.

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.