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Monday, 31 December 2007


Only one distance on the third day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships: the 1500m. In the men’s 1500m Denny Morrison captured the gold medal in a new personal best and Canadian record time of 1:42.76. Second was his pair and brother Jay Morrison, who also skated a new personal best time: 1:45.27. The bronze medal was for Steven Elm (1:45.69). “It was a pretty good race”, Denny Morrison told Speed Skating Canada. “I gave myself a bit of gap for the all-round title, which is a goal of mine here. The 10k is not my best race, so I need as much room as possible. Today I was really relaxed and my splits were very even. I improved my corners as well."

Kristina Groves finished first in the women’s 1500m after skating a 1:54.86. Second was Christine Nesbitt in 1:57.20, third was Shannon Rempel in 1:57.27. “I was surprised with the time”, Groves told Speed Skating Canada. “I did have one of my fastest opening 300 metres ever and the rest of it was solid, except for the last lap which was kind of lousy. It was a good test for me.”

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 30 December 2007


After his two gold medals in the 500m on Friday, Jeremy Wotherspoon managed to win the 1000m as well on the second day of the Canadian Single Distances Championships. He raced to a time of 1:07.45. Second was Denny Morrison in 1:07.62, third was Vincent Labrie in a new personal best time of 1:09.21.


In the women’s 1000m the gold was for Christine Nesbitt after skating 1:15.15. Second was Kristina Groves in 1:15.62, third was Shannon Rempel in 1:15.79.


The women’s 3000m was won by Kristina Groves in a time of 4:04.08. The silver medal was for Christine Nesbitt (4:08.25), the bronze was for Brittany Schussler, who skated 4:11.43.


Arne Dankers won the gold medal in the men’s 5000m after skating a time of 6:24.85. Second was Justin Warsylewicz in 6:27.06, third was Denny Morrison in 6:27.68.


For complete results see here.



Despite a stomach flue, Sven Kramer won the 1500m and 10k at the Dutch All-round Championships and as a result he won the overall all-round title as well. Because of this flue, Kramer did not race his best 1500m possible and finished in a (track record) time of 1:50.27. Second was Wouter Olde Heuvel in 1:50.46, third was Rhian Ket in 1:50.84.


In the 10k Sven Kramer won his fourth distance in two days in a track record time of 13:41.31. Second was Ted-Jan Bloemen in 13:50.31, third was Carl Verheijen in 13.50.73.


After winning all four distances Sven Kramer also took the overall all-round title. It was for the first time since 1966, when Kees Verkerk won the Dutch All-round Championships, that someone captured the overall Dutch all-round title after winning all four distances. Second was Wouter Olde Heuvel, third was Ben Jongejan. Noteworthy also is Koen Verweij’s fifth place overall: he is only 17 years old.


The women’s 1500m was surprisingly won by Marrit Leenstra after she raced to a track record time of 2:00.97. Second was Paulien van Deutekom in 2:01.29, third was Renate Groenewold in 2:01.92.


The final distance for the women, the 5000m, was won by Renate Groenewold in a track record time of 7:15.66. The silver medal was for Ireen Wüst (7:16.36), the bronze medal was won by Paulien van Deutekom (7:23.92).


The overall All-round title was for Ireen Wüst, second was Renate Groenewold, third was Paulien van Deutekom.


For complete results see here.

Saturday, 29 December 2007


At the Canadian  Single Distances Championships Jeremy Wotherspoon won the 500m twice. In his first 500m he raced to a 34.44, second was Vincent Labrie in 34.80, third was Denny Morrison in a new personal best time of 34.87. It was the first time Morrison managed to skate a sub 35; in his second 500m he improved his personal best once again: 34.85, which was good for a fourth place. Wotherspoon¿s second 500m was faster as well. He won in a time of 34.13, which is the second fastest time ever. Second was Mark Nielsen in a new personal best time of 34.63, third was Labrie in 34.81. "It was good to come back and near the times I did at the first two World Cups", Wotherspoon told Speed Skating Canada.  "My main focus was to have good starts and a better first turn.  I feel confident now for the second half of the season."

In the women's 500m Shannon Rempel won the gold medal twice. In her first 500m she skated a 38.45, the silver medal was for Christine Nesbitt (39.21), the bronze was for Cindy Klassen (39.23). In the second 500m Rempel won in 38.41, second was Nesbitt in 38.73, third was Kristina Groves in 38.94. "I got big lead in that first race and that took the pressure off", Rempel told Speed Skating Canada. "I was able to focus a lot more on technique in the second race. It was good to get the victory in this event but still my main focus will be on the 1000m and 1500m.  Those are the races I have the most potential."

For complete results see here.



In Groningen Sven Kramer dominated at the Dutch All-round Championships by winning the 500m in a time of 36.81. Second was Jan Blokhuijsen in 37.13, third was Rhian Ket in 37.51.


Kramer also won the gold medal in the 5000m, after skating a new track record time of 6:28.82. Second was Wouter Olde Heuvel in 6:35.38, the bronze medal was for Ben Jongejan (6:39.30).


Carl Verheijen was never really able to impress. After his fall in Kolomna and two car acidents earlier this year, he is struggling to find his way back to the top. In the 500m he finished in a disappointing 39.12, in the 5000m he raced to a time of 6:40.50.


In the women¿s 500m the gold medal was for Ireen Wüst, who skated a 40.09. The silver medal was for Marrit Leenstra (40.32), Tessa van Dijk won the bronze in 40.51.


Renate Groenewold won the 3000m in a new track record time of 4:09.70. Wüst was second in 4:11.01, third was Paulien van Deutekom in 4:12.65.


For complete results see here.

Thursday, 20 December 2007


The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games daily competition schedule is available! Here's an overview of the long track and short track competition.



Long Track

Richmond Oval


Short Track

Pacific Coliseum

13 Feb – Saturday

5000m men

500m qual. ladies

3000m relay qual. ladies

1500m final men’s

14 Feb – Sunday

3000m ladies


15 Feb – Monday

500m men’s


16 Feb – Tuesday

500m ladies


17 Feb – Wednesday

1000m men’s

1000m qual. men’s

5000m relay qual. men’s

500m final ladies

18 Feb – Thursday

1000m ladies


19 Feb – Friday



20 Feb – Saturday

1500m men’s

1500m final ladies

1000m final men’s

21 Feb – Sunday

1500m ladies


22 Feb – Monday



23 Feb – Tuesday

10000m men’s


24 Feb – Wednesday

5000m ladies

1000m qual. ladies

500m qual. men’s

3000m relay final ladies

25 Feb – Thursday



26 Feb – Friday

Team Pursuit qual.


500m final men’s

1000m final ladies

5000m relay final men’s

27 Feb - Saturday

Team Pursuit finals



Monday, 17 December 2007

Simon Kuipers got back the bronze medal he lost in the 1000m at the World Cup in Calgary on November 18, 2007. At this World Cup, referee McClements announced that not Kuipers, but Shani Davis and Kyou-Huyk 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. Today the Council of the International Skating Union, meeting in Torino, Italy on December 16-17, 2007, sustained the appeal of the Netherlands Skating Association (the KNSB) protesting a change made to the “official times” of the men´s1000 meter A race in the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating event held on November 18, 2007 in Calgary, Canada.


The Council determined that Rule 247, paragraph 4 clearly states The times are considered official when the Referee has signed the timekeeping protocol. The official times may not be questioned.” For the pair Kuipers-Davis, the Referee had signed the protocol and thereafter, contrary to Rule 247, paragraph 4 undertook to change the “official times” protocol he previously signed, and to substitute another. The Council found that the Referee’s action in this regard was made in good faith, but is not permitted by Rule 247.


The Council determined that Rule 251, paragraph 2, establishes both “photo cells” and “photo finish” as “Automatic Timekeeping” equipment authorized for speed skating use, and in Calgary, for the pair Kuipers–Davis, with both procedures in use, the “official times” protocol signed by the Referee was based on the “photo finish” depiction of the finish of the race showing Kuipers as the first across the finish line.


The Council also took note of Rule 260, paragraph 1 which provides “A skater has completed a distance when the tip of a skate has touched or reached the finish line after the prescribed number of laps”, and determined that the words “touched or reached” have significance with respect to the authorized automatic timing systems, and that the “photo cells” placed at a low elevation on the ice are not suitable to determine when a skate at an elevation above the “beam” of the photo cell reaches the finish line. In such a case the skate is obviously not touching the ice at the finish line. The Council found, however, that the “photo finish” automatic timing system used by the Timekeepers in determining the “official times” of the Kuipers-Davis pair is suitable for such determination and correctly shows Kuipers as the winner of the pair.


For the avoidance of doubt in future Races, the Council decided to immediately modify the rule in question, namely rule 251, paragraph.2. According to this modification the official times from the photo finish equipment will be decisive in case that there is a discrepancy with the times from the photo cells system.


Original text: Decision of the ISU Council 

Sunday, 16 December 2007

On the second day of the World Cup in Erfurt Kang-Seok Lee won the 500m again, like he did yesterday. He finished in a time of 35.17. Second was Joon Mun in 35.21, third was Simon Kuipers in 35.26.


In the women¿s 500m there were no surprises either: another gold medal for Jenny Wolf. She finished in a new track record time of 37.88. The silver medal was for Annette Gerritsen (38.72), the bronze medal was for Sang-Hwa Lee (38.76).


The women¿s 1000m saw the same gold medalist as yesterday too: Anni Friesinger. She finished in a time of 1:15.64. Second was Ireen Wüst in 1:16.11, third was Chiara Simionato in 1:16.49.


The only surprising winner today was the gold medalist in the men¿s 1000m. Jan Bos finished first in a new track record time of 1:08.98. Second was Shani Davis in 1:09.02, the bronze medal was for Joon Mun (1:09.26).


At the end of the day Kang-Seok Lee won the first 100m of the season in a time of 09.64. In the ladies' 100m, Jenny Wolf finished first in a time of 10.32.


See here for complete results.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

At the last international competition of 2007, the sprint World Cup in Erfurt, Kang-Seok Lee won the gold medal in the 500m for men. He skated a time of 35.22. The silver medal was for Dmitry Lobkov, who finished in 35.24, the bronze was for Kyou-Hyuk Lee (35.31).


In the women’s 500m the gold was for Jenny Wolf, who skated a 38.00. Surprisingly, Anni Friesinger was second in 38.61, third was Annette Gerritsen in 38.68.


Like last weekend in Heerenveen, Anni Friesinger won the 1000m for women. She skated a time of 1:15.71. The silver medal was for Chiara Simionato, who finished in 1:16.46, third was Cindy Klassen in 1:16.48.


In the men’s 1000m Shani Davis, who became a father for the first time last Thursday, won the gold medal after skating a new track record time of 1:09.05. Second was Denny Morrison in 1:09.33, third was his pair Joon Mun in 1:09.49. Erben Wennemars, who won the bronze medal in the 1000m last weekend in Heerenveen, was disqualified for an illegal crossover. François-Olivier Roberge did not start in the 1000m after he fell in the 500m earlier today.

See here for complete results.

Monday, 10 December 2007


Last weekend, the second European Fall World Cup took place in Heerenveen. Several track records were broken, and there were some nasty falls and some great surprises.


Shani Davis won the 1000m in a track record time of 1:08.39. His pair Simon Kuipers was less fortunate. He seemed to be on track towards a very fast time as well, but fell in the last corner. Second was Denny Morrison, Kyou-Hyuk Lee and Erben Wennemars finished third.




Sven Kramer surprisingly took the gold in the 1500m in a time of 1:45.21. He also finished first in the 5000m and the Team Pursuit. The Dutch had a stronger team on the ice than they did at the last World Cup in Calgary, and Kramer, Erben Wennemars and Wouter Olde Heuvel managed to skate a 3:40.57, finishing first before the Canadian and Russian teams. In the women’s Team Pursuit the Dutch took the gold as well after skating a time of 3:00.54. The Canadian women finished second and the Russian women took the bronze.


In the women’s 500m there were no surprises. Again, Jenny Wolf and Beixing Wang proved to be the strongest women in this distance. Wang won the first 500m, Wolf took the gold in the second one.


There was a small surprise in the women’s 3000m. Martina Sablikova won the first three World Cups, but this time Renate Groenewold managed to skate the fastest time: 4:02.64. Sablikova finished second.















Most important results





1. Tucker Fredericks 34.89

2. Kyou-Hyuk Lee 35.00

3. Joon Mun 35.05



1. Sven Kramer 1:45.21

2. Denny Morrison 1:45.34

3. Mark Tuitert 1:45.54



1. Beixing Wang 37.96

2. Jenny Wolf 38.03

3. Annette Gerritsen 38.53



1. Renate Groenewold 4:02.64

2. Martina Sablikova 4:04.22

3. Ireen Wüst 4:06.12





1. Kang-Seok Lee 34.92

2. Joji Kato 34.94

3. Joon Mun 34.96



1. Sven Kramer 6:15.26

2. Håvard Bøkko 6:18.35

3. Shani Davis 6:21.36



1. Anni Friesinger 1:55.98

2. Kristina Groves 1:56.18

3. Christine Nesbitt 1:56.56





1. Shani Davis 1:08.39

2. Denny Morrison 1:08.71

3. Kyou-Hyuk Lee/Erben Wennemars 1:08.80


Team Pursuit Men

1. Netherlands 3:40.57

2. Canada 3:42.82

3. Russia 3:45.22





1. Jenny Wolf 37.81

2. Beixing Wang 37.92

3. Sang-Hwa Lee 38.59



1. Anni Friesinger 1:15.34

2. Christine Nesbitt 1:15.66

3. Chiara Simionato/Beixing Wang 1:16.14


Team Pursuit Women

1. Netherlands 3:00.54

2. Canada 3:02.87

3. Russia 3:03.81



See here for complete results and for even more photos check out our photo pages!

Sunday, 2 December 2007


On the second day of the World Cup in Kolomna the women’s 1500m was won by Anni Friesinger in 1:55.39. Second was Christine Nesbitt, winner of the gold medal in the 1500m at the World Cups in Salt Lake City and Calgary. She skated a time of 1:56.00. The bronze medal was for Daniela Anschütz after she clocked a 1:57.10.


In the first men’s 10k of the season Håvard Bøkko won in a time of 13:06.53. Second was Tom Prinsen in 13:16.11, third was Bob de Jong in 13:17.77. De Jong’s pair Carl Verheijen fell and did not finish his race due to an injury.


See here for complete results.

Saturday, 1 December 2007


Two distances on the first day of the World Cup in Kolomna, that initially was supposed to take place in Moscow but was relocated after roof problems. In the men’s 1500m we saw another victory for the Netherlands. At the first World Cup in Salt Lake City Erben Wennemars won the gold medal, a week later in Calgary Simon Kuipers clocked the fastest time and today Erben Wennemars was the fastest skater once again in a time of 1:46.07. Second was Enrico Fabris in 1:46.09, third was Håvard Bøkko in 1:46.12.


 In the women’s 5000m Martina Sablikova took another gold medal, even though her time was not the fastest of the day. She won in a time of 6:53.67, whereas Gretha Smit skated a 6:53.63 and won the B division. Second was Clara Hughes in 6:56.63, third was Daniela Anschütz in 6:58.58.


See here for complete results.

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