Sport Navigator news News related to Sport Navigator en Copyright 2008-2010 Sport Navigator Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Calgary shows to be superfast again at 3rd World Cup <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;\">With the 2018 Winter Olympics little over two months away, the speed skaters travelled to the Olympic Oval in Calgary for the third weekend in the World Cup. Our skaters performed very well again, winning 11 medals over the weekend.&nbsp;</span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Sprintgold Alex Boisvert-Lacroix<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Alex Boisvert-Lacroix could celebrate his first victory in the World Cup. The 30-year old Canadian was the big man on the 500 meters on home soil in Calgary.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">It was a bit of a messy 500 meters though, with breaks caused by crashes and the following repairs of the ice. Boisvert-Lacroix wasn</span>\'<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">t bothered by that. He started in the third pairing and raced to a magnificent time. His 34,31 however was exactly the same as the Korean Min Kyu Cha one race before him. It needed some calculating, but Boisvert-Lacroix turned out to be exactly one thousand of a second faster than the Korean. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span arial\",sans-serif\"=\"\">A minimal difference with huge consequences. </span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Because Boisvert-Lacroix saw how one rider after another could not beat his time. Mike Poutala didn</span>\'<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">t, Ronald Mulder in the last pairing also couldn</span>\'<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">t make it. So in the end Alex Boisvert-Lacroix could really celebrate his first gold medal in the World Cup. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Ted-Jan Bloemen threatens Kramer<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">A magnificent race on the 5000 meters, but in the end it was again Sven Kramer who won the gold. But in the Olympic Oval it was clear to all that Ted-Jan Bloemen really has the potential to hurt the world champion on \"his\" 5k.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">The Dutch Canadian proves this season to be the biggest challenger of Sven Kramer. Bloemen doesn</span>\'<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">t settle for the silver behind the Dutchman, but tries to challenge him whenever and wherever he can. Bloemen (31) choose to attack Kramer in Calgary. When he accelerated, Bloemen left Kramer behind for a while, but the Dutchman answered in style and so both riders pushed eachother to the limit. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Kramer won the race in 6.07,04, Bloemen followed in 6.08,45. But it is clear that the Canadian closes in on Kramer with each race, and that is very interesting regarding the approaching Olympics. Bloemen did win his third silver medal in this World Cup. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Mika Poutala: bronze and fifth<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">With 34 years of age Mika Poutala ca call himself a veteran amongst the sprinters. But that does not keep the Fin from battling for the medals on a regular basis. In Calgary he once again was successful with that.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Mika Poutala battled on the ice with Dai Dai Ntab, and the Finnish rider won that fight in 34,38. It meant the third place at that time behind Boisvert-Lacroix and Kyu Cha, with still five pairings to come on to the ice. But nobody managed to beat the time Poutala had set. It meant another bronze medal for Poutala. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the 1000 meters Poutala also showed there is nothing wrong with his form at the moment. The rider from Helsinki had a great battle with Russian Alexey Yesin, whom he beat with three hundreds of a second: 1.07,47. The fastest time sofar, but in the remaining pairings there were a lot of fast men. </span><span arial\",sans-serif\"=\"\">Vincent de Haitre was the first to beat Poutala\'s time. </span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Nuis, Lorentzen and Verbij even broke the barrier of 1.06 and moved Poutala to fifth place. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Canada: gold in world record time<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">The Canadian men appear to be in great shape just two months before te start ofthe Olympics. They demonstrated that once again with a gold medal in the - not yet Olympic - event of the teamsprint. The Canadian foursome Gilmore Junio, Laurent Dubreuil, Vincent de Haitre and Alexandre St-Jean raced towards a sparkling world record. Nobody ever was faster than their 1.17,31. It brought them gold, of course. The Canadians were almost a second faster than the Russians and more than a second faster than the Dutch.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Giant leaps for Yu-Ting Huang<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Two seasons ago Yu-Ting Huang could just finish the 1000 meters within one minute and 37 seconds. Last year, she already broke 1.20 and in Calgary the skater from Chinese Taipeh again crushed all of her records.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Until now Yu-Ting Huang only had some fame as an inline-skater. She won the bronze medal on the marathon during the 2013 World Championships, just behind Italian Francesca Lollobrigida and Dutch Manon Kamminga. A great result, but on the ice there seems to be even more possible for the 29-year old Huang. Her progress is spectacular. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the ice of the Olympic Oval Yu-Ting Huang set the seventh time om the 1000 meters. With 1.13,97 she was over a second faster than the Dutch riders Lotte van Beek en Sanneke de Neeling, just to mention a few names. Her personal best before the World Cup in Calgary was 1.16,06, which she achieved during the World Cup in Heerenveen, earlier this season. She took over two seconds of that time. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Also on the 500 meters her personal best went to pieces. Yu-Ting Huang improved herself in the B Division, where she ended up fourth. But she improved herself with over seven tenth of a second. Giant leaps in the world of sprinters. If she goes on like this, Huang will find herself at the podium somewhere this season. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Claudia Pechstein wins mass-start<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Claudia Pechstein has more qualities than just a great 5000 meters. The 45-year old German was even able to win the mass-start in Calgary. In the sprint Pechstein was alittle biut faster than Danish Elena Moeller Rigas, who won the silver by staying just in front of Japanese Nana Takagi.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">A special victory for Pechstein. The mass-start is normally dominated by Dutch, Canadian and Asian skaters, who are also a lot younger than Pechstein. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Just behind the top three finished Saskia Alusalu from Estonia. The 23-year old rider raced smart. She won the first two sprints, which earned her ten points. Those were enough to leave for example the faster Italian Lollobrigida behind her.</span><span arial\",sans-serif\"=\"\"> <o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 403 from Stavanger World Cup brings up 14 medals again <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;\">The circuit of the World Cup travelled to Stavanger in Noray for the second weekend of races. And the Norwegian fans really had something to cheer about. Our Norwegian skaters have been average for a while, but are back on top now. They grabbed many medals, counting up to the total of 14 for our skaters this weekend. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Double gold Havard Lorentzen<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen made the crowd in the Sormarka Arena go wild. The 25-year old from Norway won a week ago the first Norwegian gold on the 500 meters in a World Cup since 15 years. A week later he repeated that in front of his home crowd.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the first 500 meters Lorentzen was successful straightaway. He underlined why he is named the best sprinter in the first part of the season. With 34,64 he finished just in front of Hein Otterspeer, who needed 34,66 for the distance. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Barely two hours later Lorentzen added his second gold medal of the day. This time on the 1000 meters, where he yet again beat a Dutchman. Lorentzen raced towards 1.08,22, a time which Kaj Vebrij could not beat (1.08,47). In fact Lorentzen had three Dutch riders behind him, including Thomas Krol and world champion Kjeld Nuis. One Norwegian beating all the Dutch, that was a reason to celebrate in Stavanger. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the second 500 meters Lorentzen finished in sixth place (34,79), but that didn</span>\'<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">t matter too much anymore. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">\'Old\' Pechsten still can do it<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Claudia Pechstein already won races when her current rivals like Irene Schouten and Ivanie Blondin weren\'t even born yet. She already participated in the 1992 Olympics, where she won the bronze medal on the 5000 meters as one of her nine Olympic medals. Perhaps she can add one more in PyeongChang. Pechstein will turn 46 during the Olympics, but showed in Stavanger that she still can do it.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On</span>&nbsp;\"<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">her\"&nbsp;</span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">5000 meters she was faster than everyone else. Her time of 6.56,60 was enough to shake off all opponents. Irene Schouten didn\'t make it, Antoinette de Jong not even came close and even Martina Sablikova was ebout three seconds slower. It meant World Cup medal number 111 for Claudia Pechstein, an unreal number.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Great gold Sverre-Lunde Pedersen<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">The Norwegian fans really had something to cheer about. It were not just the gold medals of Lorentzen, but Sverre-Lunde Pedersen also contributed to the party. A week before he won the bronze on the 5000 meters in Heerenveen, but this time Pedersen had success on the 1500 meters, the highest valued distance in speed skating.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Pedersen already came to action in the fourth pairing, against fellow-countryman</span><span arial\",sans-serif\"=\"\"> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Allan Dahl Johansson. The two Norwegians made it a great fight with Pedersen as the best man. He clocked 1.45,07, a time which nobody in the following races could beat. Joey Mantia came close, but the American finished in 1.45,28. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Pedersen also started on the 10k, a distance in which he could not win a second medal. His time of 13.02,42 meant a sixth place. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bronze Artur Was on 500 meters<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Poland\'s Arthur Was added another World Cup medal to his modest but growing collection. De 31-year old skater already competes on the highest level for some years, but still is able to surprise every now and then. That also happened in Stavanger, where he ended in third place on the first 500 meters.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Was came on to the ice in the sixth pairing, racing against Dutchman Dai Dai Ntab. The Polish rider did very well and finished in a great time of 34,74. In the remaining races he lost sight of the gold, but ended up with a rewarding bronze medal behind winner Lorentzen and number two Otterspeer. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the second 500 meters Artur Was was just a little bit slower with 34,81, but immediately fell back to place nine. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Canadians take lots of silver<br /> </span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">The Canadians speed skaters won a lot of silver medals in Stavanger, even though there was one gold in the end. That was won by the Canadian men on the teamsprint, where they raced towards the gold in a new world record: 1.19,52. On the same discipline the women won the bronze medal.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Marsha Hudey was responsible for the first silver medal. De 27-year old skater from White City is only 1.57 meters high, but full of power. She raced towards 37,87 and with that time she was the best of the rest behind Nao Kodaira, the Japanese winner in 37,08. On the second 500 meters Hudey finished fifth in 38,10. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the longer distances there was double silver for the Canadian team. The first was won by Ivanie Blondin. The 27-year old Blondin had a fine race on the 5k against rival Irene Schouten. Both riders pushed each other all the way, but not even that could help Blondin beat the best time of Pechstein. Blondin was faster for a big part of the race, but fell back in the final laps. She ended up in second place, just halve a second behind Pechstein. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Ted-Jan Bloemen (31) took care of the third silver medal, the same color as he won a week earlier in Heerenveen during the 5000 meters. This time TJ Flowers, as the Canadians name the naturalized Dutchman, did it on the 10k. In a direct fight with Sven Kramer he pushed the best skater of all times to the limit. However, when Kramer accelerated in the final laps, Bloemen could not follow. He finished in 12.52,64, little over one and a halve second slower then Kramer (12.50,97). <o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 402 from Great start of the Olympic season with 14 medals <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;\">The international top in speed skating met for the first time this Olympic season in Thialf Heerenveen, where the first World Cup turned out to an event with competition at the highest level. Our skaters grabbed a magnificent number of 14 medals during the weekend! Here are some highlights:</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Lorentzen delivers gold for Norway<br /> </span></span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">It has been a while since the last golf medal for a Norwegian sprinter at the 500 meters in a World Cup. To be exact: fifteen years. H</span>a<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">vard Holmefjord Lorentzen personally ended that drought.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">De 25-year old Norwegian raced to victory in the first 500 meters in Thialf. He did so in a blue suit, instead of the traditional red for the Norwegians. A scientist proved after investigation that a blue suit would be faster than a red one. Lorentzen absolutely believes so after this weekend. In the first 500 meters he raced to a time of 34,69, which was the fastest om them all. He followed the gold later on by a bronze medal. On the 1000 meters Lorentzen ended up third in 1.08,28 after Pavel Kulizhnikov and Kai Verbij. The second 500 meters brought him the eighth place in 35,03. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Dubreuil: gold after promotion<br /> </span></span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">It was a pretty bizar weekend for Laurent Dubreuil. On the first day the 25-year old from Canada still raced the 500 meters in the B Divison.He ended up third in 35,11, which was enough for promotion. ,,Not the best of races, but I am happy to start again in the A Division</span>\"<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">, told Dubreuil.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Some 24 hours later Dubreuil was even more happy, after winning in the A Division in a time of 34,80. Only Smeekens stayed close with 34,84. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Silver Bloemen at 5000 meters<br /> </span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">At the first occasion Ted-Jan Bloemen showed he is a man to keep an eye on for the next Olympics. De holder of the world record on the 10k gave Sven Kramer a hell of a fight at the 5k. Bloemen stauyed close for a very long time and at some points even passed before Kramer. But when Kramer stepped on the gas a few laps before the end, Bloemen could not follow. But his 6.14,95 was fast enough to take second place behind Kramer (6.12,88). ,,Of course I rather win, but I am very happy with this result</span>\"<span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">, Bloemen said.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Great bronze for Pedersen<br /> </span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Sverre Lunde Pedersen also contributed to the great opening weekend for the Norwegian team. Pedersen thought for a long time he could even win the 5k, which would be a huge surprise. De 25-year old Norwegian put up a great time in already the second pairing. His 6.15,81 was not beaten for a very long time. Dutch aces erik Jan Kooiman and Jan Blokhuijsen were not faster and even Jorrit Bergsma could not beat the time from Pedersen. After that race the Norwegian was already sure of the bronze medal, which was exactly what he won. In the last pairing both Sven Kramer and Ted-Jan Bloemen were faster.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the 1500 meters Pedersen could not be of any importance. In 1.47,01 he ended up in thirteenth place.<br /> <br /> </span><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Ivanie Blondin impressive<br /> </span><span arial\",sans-serif\"=\"\">At the beginning of the season Ivanie Blondin already made a great impression. </span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">The Canadian ace was good as usual at the mass-start, the event which probably gives her the best chances of an Olympic medal. The 27-year old Blondin just confirmed that with a second place in Thialf, right after Japanese Ayano Sato.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">But the medal on the 3000 meters must have felt the best for Blondin. She raced towards a time of 4.04,16, which was good for gold after six pairings. One race later Blondin went to bronze, as both Antoinette de Jong and the Russian Natalia Voronina were faster. But Blondin is certain to play a role on that distance as well, which is not yet the case on the 1500 meters. There Blondin finished thirteenth in 1.58,29. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Vanessa Herzog close to bronze<br /> </span></span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">Just one hundred of a second separated Vanessa Herzog from a bronze medal on the 500 meters. De 22-year old from Austria produced a fine race in 37,68. One race later she was beaten with 37,67 by Angelina Golikova, and in the end also Kodaira and Lee were faster. The fourth place remained for Herzog.</span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">On the 1000 meters there was a seventh place for Herzog, who finished in 1.15,48. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">It was already a miracle Vanessa Herzog could race in Thialf. Last April she was runover by a van during a training on her bike. One of the wheels from the truck rolled over her upper leg, but miraculously Herzog only suffered some broozes. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span lang=\"EN-US\"><span style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;\">Gold Canada at teamsprint<br /> </span></span><span lang=\"EN-US\" arial\",sans-serif;=\"\" mso-ansi-language:en-us\"=\"\">The Canadian men were successful on the teamsprint. In the field of ten countries the Canadian three Laurent Dubreuil, Alexandre St-Jean and Vincent de Haitre won the gold. They were the only ones who broke the barrier of 1.20 with their time of 1.19,55w, which was halve a second faster than the Norwegians and about a second and a halve faster than the Russians.</span></p> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 401 from Season ended with beautiful medals in Stavanger <p><span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">The season for the international speed skaters ended last weekend in the Norwegian city of Stavanger with the finals of the World Cup. Again, for our skaters it was a good weekend with multiple medals and high rankings in the final classifications.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Great silver Vincent de Haitre</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Vincent de Haitre ad a wonderful season on the 1000 meters. In Stavanger the only 22-year old Canadian crowned his winter, in which he joined the world\'s best in speed skating. He was rewarded with a second place in the final classification of the World Cup, right behind the untouchable Kjeld Nuis.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The same Nuis - winner of every race over 1000 meters he started in - crossed the path of De Haitre in Norway. The Dutchman won 1.08,76, a time that was roughly about half a second faster then De Haitre, who finished in 1.09,28. But that time was good for silver, after the Canadian had won a World Cup race in Astana earlier in the season.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Nico Ihle bronze on 1000 meters</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">For Nico Ihle goes the same as for Vincent de Haitre, with the difference that the German already goes a long way with his 31 years of age. But Ihle performes this season better then ever and looks back on a great year,</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That brought him a fine bronze medal in Stavanger, where Ihle ended up third on the 1000 meters. He only had Nuis and De Haitre in front of him, but his 1.09,42 meant a nice conclusion of the season. Ihle ended on fifth place in the final classification of the 1000 meters, and partly by a sixth place in Stavanger on the 500 meters (35,12) also on the seventh place in the classification of that distance.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Remarkable silver Ted Jan Bloemen</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Ted Jan Bloemen already goes a long way in the top of international speed skating, but the 30-year old Canadian with the Dutch roots, had a remarkable achievement this season. In Stavanger he ended the combined classification over 5k and 10k as second, and that meant hir first place on the podium of the classification over all that years.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That markes the progress of Bloemen since he decided to step over to the Canadian team. Sice then TJ Flowers, as he is called there, really blooms.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In Norway he ended up being second in 6.18,46 on the last 5k of the season, right behind Jorrit Bergsma. The same order was held on the podium of the World Cup, where Bloemen held off New Zealand\'s Peter Michael.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Pedersen grabs bronze on 1500 meter</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Sverre Lunde Pedersen finished his season with a great bronze medal on the 1500 meters. In front of his home crowd the 24-year old Norwegian fought an epic battle with Dutchman Patrick Roest. At stake was not only the victory for the day, but also the podium in the World Cup classification.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The win however was for Kjeld Nuis, who was - again - too fast for everyone withi his 1.45,00. Pedersen saw how Roest raced to 1.46,28 and knew he had to beat that time. That didn\'t work out. The Norwegian clocked 1.46,61 and saw how Roest passed him in the classification, in which Pedersen still ended up with a great third place.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Bronze mass-start Bart Swings</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">For the fifth year in a row Bart Swings was on the podium of the final classification World Cup on the mass-start. This time the 26-year old from Belgium ended up on third place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That was the same place as Swings took in the finale mass-start of the season. He sprinted for the win with Jorrit Bergsma and Korean Seung-Hoon Lee. But Lee won, Bergsma finished second and for Swings remained the third place. The differences were neglectable: only twelve hunderds of a second between number one and three.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That result didn\'t bring Swings any higher in the rankings, with Bergsma on place two and Lee as the winner. Buth with the bronze Swings kept alive his remarkable stretch.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Norwegians win battle for place two</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The Norwegian four in the teampursuit thrilled the home crowd in Stavanger. The enthusiastic Norwegians saw their riders fight an epic battle with the Dutch team. A fight that in the end was lost on little over three tenth of second.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Sindre Henriksen, Simen Spieler Nilsen, Sverre Lunde Pedersen and Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen finished in 3.43,35. That was just a wee bit slower than the Dutch (3.43,02), a difference that was hardly to be seen on the ice in the direct battle of the two superpowers of the ice.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the final classification of the Wold Cup the Norwegians won a place and climbed to the second spot. Before the race they were exactly equal with the Japanse, but they were beaten on the final race.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Bronze Germany on team sprint</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The German riders Nico Ihle, Denny Ihle and the only 22-year old Joel Dufter won bronze in Stavanger on the team sprint. The top three - Netherlands, Canada and Germany - were only separated by half a second.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Germany was 15 hunderds of a second behind the Canadians, who won second place. In the final classification of the World Cup Germany did finish in a great second place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 400 from Beautiful silver medal for Lorentzen at World Sprints <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold;\">The best sprinters in the world gathered this weekend in the Olympic Oval of Calgary, Canada for the world championships sprint.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Beautiful silver medal for Lorentzen<br /> </span>Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen has given the Norwegian speed skate fans something to cheer about. He is the first Norwegian skater since the end of the 90’s to end up on the podium at a world championship for sprinters. Lorentzen finished in second place and was for a brief moment very close to the world title.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The strength of Lorentzen is in the 1000 meters, something he made very clear in Calgary. Perhaps more important was that he didn’t loose too much time on the 500 meters, with a 6<sup>th</sup> place (34,43) and a 10th place (34,62).</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">He made his moves on the 1000 meters. The man who suffered a severe injury after a terrible fall little over a year ago, made his way to the podium with a 4<sup>th</sup> (1.07,08) and a 3<sup>rd</sup> place (1.07,38). After his race he was already sure of the bronze, but when Ronald Mulder wasted too much time on the final 1000 meters he ended up with the silver medal. When Kai Verbij almost fell in the final race, Lorentzen was for an instant close to the world title, but Verbij stayed on his feet and won</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bronze medal Mika Poutala<br /> </span>Once again Mika Poutala did not leave a world championship empty handed. The experienced Fin won a bronze medal on the 500 meters and added another success to his already long list.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the first 500 meters Poutala ended up as 7<sup>th</sup> in 34,44. IN the second race he was only a fraction faster, although two tenth of a second means wa world of difference among the sprinters. With 34,23 he ended up with the bronze.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Poutala did well on the 1000 meters, but not good enough to win any medals. He came in 9<sup>th</sup> (1.07,96) and 10<sup>th</sup> (1.07,97). In the general classification poutala ended up on fifth place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Three strong races by Nico Ihle<br /> </span>Nico Ihle will wake up with nightmares about his 500 meters on the second day of the tournament. The German produced three strong races, but was punished for the mistakes he made on the fourth.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Ihle had a tough race and finished in a time of 35,03, with which he only ended up on 22<sup>nd</sup> place. Ihle lost too much time in that single race to be able to make up in de last one.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In every other race Ihle came in on fifth place. On the 500 meters (34,37) and both the 1000 meters (1.07,16 and 1.07,75). In total there was place eight for Ihle.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In alle andere races eindigde Ihle als vijfde. Op de 500 meter (34,37) en de beide wedstrijden over 1000 meter (1.07,16 om 1.07,75). Daarmee was er voor de Duitser in totaal een achtste plaats.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Double silver for De Haitre<br /> </span>Vincent de Haitre had an outstanding World Championships. The Canadian sprinter is very strong on the 1000 meters, but had the misfortune that Kjeld Nuis is in the best form of his life. The Dutchman kept De Haitre twice from a gold medal.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">With De Haitre finishing 1.06,72 in the first 1000 meters, Nuis responded with 1.06,61. And the 1.07,23 by De Haitre in the second race was met by a 1.06,51 from Nuis. But with double silver there was little to complain for the Canadian.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 500 meters things weren’t that shiny for De Haitre. With 35,04 and 35,00 he raced to the places 23 and 20. In the final classification De Haitre finished on place nine.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Roman Krech: twice silver<br /> </span>Well, where De Haitre had bad luck with the performances of Kjeld Nuis, Roman Krech met a superior Ronald Mulder. The skater from Kazachstan twice produced a great race, but twice the Dutchman was a little bit faster.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">What Krech did, was remarkable. Not only did he race very fast, but he posted exactly the same time twice. In both races over 500 meters he ended up in 34,21. Fast, but not fast enough. Mulder first raced to 34,18 and then even 34,08. That was too much for Krech, but two silver medals were a nice consolation prize.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 1000 meters there was no role for Krech. With 1.08,60 and 1.08,66 he came in 15<sup>th</sup> and 17<sup>th</sup>. Overall he ended up being tenth.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Hege Bøkko in fifth place<br /> </span>Norwegian Hege Bøkko performed well, but was not rewarded with a medal. On the distances she missed out on the podium, and she did the same in the final classification.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the first day Bøkko was the closest to the podium. She ended up fourth on the 500 meters in 37,43 and won fifth place on the following 1000 meters (1.13,96). On the second day she lost too much time. She raced to 37,88 on the 500 meters for a tenth place and 1.14,04 fo a sixth place on the final 1000 meters. It brough her fifth place in the final classification, where more was possible.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Vanessa Herzog in the top ten<br /> </span>Also in Calgary Vanesse Herzog showed she gets more and more connected to the worlds best sprinters. She ended the tournament with a great spot in the top ten. In fact she ended up on place eight, even in front of Russia’s Olga Fatkulina.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Herzog opened the tournament with place seven on the 500 meters (37,59), followed by tenth place on the 1000 meters in 1.14,74. On day two her 500 meters was less good than the first one. In 38,05 she came in as 12<sup>th</sup>. On the 1000 meters she improved to 1.14,45, but once again that time brought her to tenth place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 399 from