News and background stories

Saturday, 27 February 2010
In today's final of the Team Pursuit, Team Canada beat Team USA to win the gold medal. Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison and Mathieu Giroux skated to a time of 3:41.37, where Team USA needed 3:41.58 to complete their race. The Netherlands defeated Team Norway in the B final and claimed the bronze medal by skating a new Olympic record: 3:39.95.
For complete results see here.

Friday, 26 February 2010
In the Olympic Team Pursuit, Team Canada and Team USA have advanced to the final, which will take place tomorrow. Team Canada skated skated to Olympic records in both the quarter finals and the semi finals (3:42.38 and 3:42.22), thereby defeating first Italy, then Norway. Team USA defeated Japan in the quarter finals and the Dutch team in the semi finals.
For more results see here.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010
After her gold medal in the 3000m last Sunday, today Martina Sablikova also claimed the Olympic gold medal in the 5000m. She needed 6:50.91 to complete the distance. Stephanie Beckert came in second (6:51.39) and Clara Hughes finished third (6:55.73).
For complete results see here.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Much to everyoneís surprise, Seung-Hoon Lee claimed todayís gold medal in the 10k at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and not Sven Kramer. Yet Lee didnít skate the fastest time of the day though: after Kramer was told by his coach Gerard Kemkers to change to the inner lane, while he was supposed to go the outer, Kramer got disqualified and found his 12:54.50, which would have been an Olympic record, to be worth absolutely nothing. Lee raced to the second time, which was an Olympic record: 12.58.55 and good for the gold medal. Second was Ivan Skobrev in 13:02.07, and Bob de Jong, gold-medalist in the 10k at the Olympics in Torino, finished third (13:06.73).

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Another gold medal for the Netherlands today at the Olympic oval in Richmond when Ireen WŁst finished first in 1:56.89. Kristina Groves was second in 1:57.14, the bronze medal was for Martina Sablikova (1:57.96).

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 20 February 2010
A great surprise today at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, when Mark Tuitert claimed the gold medal in the 1500m, thereby beating 1000m Olympic champion Shani Davis, who finished second. Tuitert raced to 1:45.57, where Davis needed 1:46.10 to complete the distance. Havard Bokko finished third in 1:46.13.
For complete results see here.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

After Kristina Grovesí bronze medal in the 3000m last Sunday, Canada added another speed skating medal when Christine Nesbitt raced to the gold medal in the 1000m today. This gold medal also marked Canadaís third gold medal overall at these Olympics. It was a tight field today. Where Nesbitt needed 1:16.56, Annette Gerritsen finished in 1:16.58, good for a silver medal and a great accomplishment after her fall in the 500m on Tuesday. Laurine van Riessen claimed the bronze medal with her 1:16.72.

For complete results see here.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

It was a great day for US speed skating at the Olympic oval today with the gold medal for Shani Davis (1:08.94) and the bronze for Chad Hedrick (1:09.32). Second was Mondayís gold-medalist in the 500m Tae-Bum Mo in 1:09.12.

For complete results see here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Sang-Wha Lee finished first in today's 500m after winning both races. In the first heat, she needed 38.24 to complete the distance, in the second heat she passed the finish line after 37.85. Jenny Wolf finished second in both heats (38.30/37.84), and Beixing Wang was third in both heats (38.48/38.14).
For more results see here.

Monday, 15 February 2010

An all-Asian podium for the menís 500m at the Richmond Olympic Oval today. After two 500mís and three zamboniís that were all more or less failing, Tae-Bum Mo was crowned Olympic champion. The failing zamboniís caused 1.5 hours delay, and it actually came close to a postponement of the races until tomorrow.

In the first 500m Mika Poutala raced to the fastest time: 34.86. Second was Tae-Bum Mo (34.92) and Joji Kato finished third in a time of 34.93. In the second race, Tae-Bum Mo finished first in a time of 34.91. Keiichiro Nagashima raced to the second time (34.88) and Joji Kato took another third place: 35.10.

Overall, the gold medal was for Tae-Bum Mo, Keiichiro took the silver medal, and Joji Kato claimed the bronze.

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The first Olympic gold medal on the women's side was won today by Martina Sablikova in the 3000m. She needed 4:02.53 to complete the distance. Stephanie Beckert came in second, in a time of 4:04.62. and Kristina Groves claimed the Olympic bronze medal (4:04.84).

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 13 February 2010
In the first Olympic distance, the men's 5000m, Sven Kramer finished first in a new Olympic record (6:14.60). He skated in the 11th pair of 14, and as a result was forced to set a time. Which in the end proved to fast enough for the gold medal. Seung-Hoon Lee came in second (6:16.95), the bronze medal was for Ivan Skobrev (6:18.05). After the last race, Kramer ran over the ice and the camera track to go see his family, and thus came close to electrocuting himself. Fortunately no one got hurt.

Friday, 12 February 2010


Speedskating-online is in Vancouver. Click here to check out the photo album to see how Vancouver is getting ready for the Olympics.