ISU World No. 53 May 2014
International Skating Union Official Newsletter.
INTERNATIONAL SKATING UNION OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER INSIDE • • • • • NO 53 MAY 2014 ISU NEWS SEASON REVIEW OLYMPIC REVIEW CONGRESS PREVIEW RESULTS JORIEN TER MORS (NED) Jorien ter Mors is a Dutch Speed Skater and Short Track Speed Skater. She won the 1500 meters and Team Pursuit titles in Speed Skating at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and is the first lady to have competed in both disciplines at the Olympics. International Sport Federations which were constituted a long time ago are generally proud of their long history. However there is something that is not truly positive for them, i.e. their Statutes were written many years ago and since the world of sport has modified its approach over the years, they are now confronted with necessary changes. ISU COUNCIL The ISU Council met on February 14, 17 and 20, 2014 in Sochi / Russia and allotted the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (junior & senior) to the Spanish Ice Sports Federation, to be held on December 11-14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Based on proposals received from Members, the Council agreed upon a number of topics for the Forum to be held during the ISU Congress on June 9, 2014 which include; the on-going activities of the ISU Sport disciplines and ISU Elections 2016/2018. Mindful that the ISU support towards the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is restricted to a limited group of organizing Members, to a limited number of skaters and to a limited number of Officials, the ISU Council agreed to financially support a group of identified Members traditionally staging International Figure Skating Competitions starting with the season 2014/15. This ISU support has the objective to ensure the proper and consistent organization and conduct of the identified International Competitions, to give adequate opportunities for all skaters to compete at the international senior level and earn World Standing points and to increase the opportunity for Officials to officiate at an international level. Full details of this ISU support and related conditions are available in ISU Communication 1858. The ISU Council agreed to meet again on June 8, 14 and 15, 2014 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on October 17-19, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland and on March 23 - 24, 2015 in Shanghai, China. For more information on the decisions of the Council see ISU Communication 1854. 2 The ISU, founded in 1892 in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, is among those federations. One of the first pieces of evidence is the issue of natural ice-rinks. In the past they were more available in Nordic countries and the best skaters started in the first groups since the ice conditions were more favorable (this is particularly true in Speed Skating). Progress, technology and industry made the artificial ice-rinks available and the ISU proposed to the ISU Congress, which has the power to change the rules, to modify that imposition, so that the best skaters were to progressively compete in the last groups. Except for Technical Rules, to pass an amendment at Congress, which is the highest body of the ISU, it was and still is necessary to obtain a two-third majority. It must be noted that based on the number of ISU Members, there is a maximum of 115 votes in 2014 and therefore a two-third majority means 77 votes are required to confirm that a new proposal is accepted. But the procedure also requires that the proposal be included in the Congress Agenda months in advance, otherwise it must be presented as an Urgent Matter (Art. 29, para 5) in order to be included in the Congress Agenda. Urgent Matters need a 4 / 5 majority i.e. 92 out of 115 votes in favor. In order to continue to be attractive, at present a sport needs to receive consensus from the entities who are most involved in the sport area, namely sponsors, television-media and spectators (TV viewers and individuals attending the event). But as pointed out, to adapt a sport discipline to the requirements of the sport’s entities it is necessary to compose a constructive solution and in particular to respect the procedure of democracy existing in each International Sport Federation. After that, the involved entities need to be persuaded that the new package is better than the one they used to offer to the final “consumer” for many years. Now, since an International Sport Federation is working with the cooperation of elected and appointed people and the ISU is very attentive to respect the ISU Statutes, it is necessary that the large mass of individuals in the ISU, defined as ISU Office Holders, supports the message and actually helps to form the rules with the aim to improve the situation. When this does not happen, it is clear that everything remains linked to the existing rules, therefore the sport disciplines remain as they have been for many years. In the past this was accepted however today and in the future the consequence might be that sport disciplines are no longer considered attractive enough. Here a point comes to surface, i.e. is it correct that the ISU Office Holders, normally considered as experts, that are elected by the Congress or appointed by the Council (the two major ISU bodies) accept a much different direction since this was the Congress orientation? One can note that important rules may be changed, but yet again the matter shall be submitted to the Congress which has to reach a two-thirds majority as described above. Ottavio Cinquanta President, International Skating Union ISU World is the official newsletter of the International Skating Union Published and produced by ISU, Chemin de Primerose 2, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland Telephone : +41 21 612 66 66. Facsimile : +41 21 612 66 77. Editorial board : Selina Vanier, Rodney Lajoie. Designed by : moserdesign.ch Front cover photograph : Jorien ter Mors (NED) © Getty Images Photography : © Getty Images © AFP © Elina Paasonen SPORTS DIRECTORATE In the Figure Skating Branch, the Team Event was successfully included into the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games program. Following the Games the ISU World Junior and World Figure Skating Championships along with the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships took place and put an end to the busy Olympic Season. Preparation for the new season is under way and the proposals for the ISU Congress are being discussed. Development Seminars are being prepared along with the Global Seminar in Frankfurt which will take place in July. In the Speed Skating Branch, the World Short Track Championships in Montreal (CAN) showed a very high level of performance and ISU NEWS in Speed Skating the Allround Championships took place in front of over 20000 spectators. The proposals for the upcoming ISU Congress are discussed in collaboration with the respective Technical Committees. In depth evaluation is under way in both disciplines in order to improve them and standardized the calendar for the 2014/15 season. A number of inspection visits for the 2015 Championships are scheduled to take place in the coming months. Finally a successful TV Workshop was held in Saitama (JPN) to discuss, offer and propose new ideas to improve the presentation of Figure Skating on television. A demonstration by a professional Japanese dance company of next season’s requirement, the Spanish Dances was organized with the help of the Japan Skating Federation. Proposed rule changes for the ISU Congress and the requirements for next season were presented by the IDTC. An Educational DVD with “live examples” and “exercise examples” of Required Pattern Dance Key Points for the upcoming season for Junior and Senior Short Dance will be available to order on the ISU website. Finally an ISU Judges and Referees Seminar was held in Las Vegas (USA) at the end of April. Speed Skating Vice President and Sports Director on the structure and the details of the ISU Speed Skating calendar for the next seasons, taking into account the new standardized calendar for ISU Championships that will be implemented as from 2014/15. Short Track The Short Track Speed Skating Technical Committee (STSSTC) was busy with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games where they held a number of meetings. Two weeks after the Olympics the ISU Championships continued. Turkey hosted their first ISU Short Track Championships from March 7-9 with the World Junior Championships in Erzurum. The ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships took place in Montreal (CAN) in a sold out venue. The STSSTC also held meetings in Montreal to discuss and prepare the proposals for changes to the Short Track Speed Skating Special Regulations and Technical Rules which will be submitted at the forthcoming ISU Congress in Dublin (IRL). The Technical Committee also scheduled the next Seminar for Short Track Speed Skating Officials which will be held in Frankfurt (GER) September 3-7, 2014. 3 ISU TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Single and Pair Skating The Technical Committee members acted as Referees and Technical Controllers at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and at ISU Championships. Two Committee meetings were held during the Olympics and during the Worlds Championships in Saitama, Japan. The Committee evaluated the content and quality of almost 100 Referees and Technical Controllers Reports which also contained a number of suggestions relating to the ISU Judging System. These suggestions along with proposals made by ISU Members and Technical Committee members, ISU Rule change proposals for the ISU Congress 2014, preparation of the annual ISU Communication with changes for the season 2014/15 and amendments to the current Technical Panel Handbooks for the next season were the bulk of the Committee’s work. At the end of April the Technical Committee Members acted as Moderators at two Judges Seminars: ISU Sponsored Pair Judges Seminar in Berlin, Germany and Recognized Judges Seminar in Las Vegas, USA. Synchronized Skating The Synchronized Skating Technical Committee (SySTC) has been busy with preparations for the Junior World Challenge Cup, ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and the ISU Congress as well as preparing the requirements for next season. At the same time, the SySTC members have published the Element Requirements for next season and issued the proposals for the upcoming ISU Congress. An annual Trial Judging seminar was held in Rouen (FRA) during the 20th Anniversary edition of the French Cup. The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships were held in Courmayeur (ITA) and marked the end of the ISU Championships season. An IOC representative attended the World Championships as an observer. The SySTC now concentrates on preparing for the ISU Congress as well as finalizing the Technical Requirements for the 2014/15 season. BRIAN WESTOVER It is with deep sorrow that the ISU learned of the death of Brian Westover in April 2014. Mr. Westover was an ISU Short Track Competitors Steward and considered by many as one of the best in his field. The ISU pays homage to Mr. Westover’s contribution to Short Track and will remember him with fondness. Speed Skating The Speed Skating Technical Committee (SSTC) had technical representatives at four ISU Championships, two Essent ISU World Cups and three ISU Junior World Cups. The SSTC managed the qualification process and facilitated the event entry process at the Olympic Winter Games. SSTC meetings were held in Sochi and on the occasion of the Essent ISU World Allround Championships last March. The annual season review meeting with Coaches took place prior to the World Cup final. The Committee reviewed the proposals for Speed Skating Rule changes announced in the provisory agenda for the ISU Congress and adjusted some of its own proposals based on further feedback. The SSTC has worked in close cooperation with the ISU ISU MEDICAL COMMISSION Dr. David Mitchell retires after 26 years on the ISU Medical Commission. Dr. Mitchell was appointed in 1988 and was the Chief Medical Officer for the National Ice Skating Association from 1985 to 2000. He was also involved with Anti-Doping UK and had a 30 year career as a General Practitioner. The ISU thanks Dr. Mitchell for his dedication and contribution to the sports and wishes him much success in the future. Ice Dance Members of the Ice Dance Technical Committee (IDTC) acted as Referees and Technical Controllers at the Olympic Winter Games and ISU Championships. The IDTC Members conducted meetings with Coaches at all ISU Championships in order to receive feedback in particular on suggestions of technical requirements for the coming seasons. The Annual IDTC meeting with Coaches, Officials and Skaters was organized in Tokyo (JPN). ISU WEBSITE : www.isu.org OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES The Figure Skating competition in the Iceberg venue was one of the most popular events at the Olympic Winter Games. The inaugural team competition was a big success. Led by Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov and Evgeni Plushenko, Team Russia easily took the gold medal. Team Canada, headlined by Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir and Patrick Chan claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Team USA featuring Meryl Davis/Charlie White and Ashley Wagner. Volosozhar/Trankov went on to earn the gold medal in the individual event ahead of surprise silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova/ Fedor Klimov (RUS) and Aliona Savchenko/ Robin Szolkowy (GER). Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) placed fourth ahead of Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN). Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) became the first Japanese man to win Olympic Gold and at 19 years old, he is also the youngest Olympic Men’s Champion in 68 years. Patrick Chan (CAN) took home the silver medal and Denis Ten (KAZ) surged from 9th place after the Short Program to capture the bronze. Ten is also the first Figure Skater from Kazakhstan to earn an Olympic medal. Javier Fernandez (ESP) was narrowly edged out of the podium to finish fourth, ahead of Tatsuki Machida (JPN). Davis/White made history by taking the first Ice Dance gold for the USA. Defending champions Virtue/Moir earned the silver medal. Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) danced to the bronze medal. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) ranked fourth and Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) finished fifth. In the Ladies event, Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) edged out defending champion Yuna Kim (KOR) to strike gold. Carolina Kostner (ITA) skated to the bronze medal. Gracie Gold (USA) was fourth, followed by Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS). 4 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS The ISU European Figure Skating Championships returned to Budapest (HUN) January 14 -19 for the first time in ten years. It was the 106th edition of the event. Javier Fernandez (ESP) defended his European title ahead of first-time medalists Sergei Voronov (RUS) and Konstantin Menshov (RUS). Menshov rose from 11th in the Short Program to clinch the bronze, edging out Michal Brezina (CZE) by less than one point. Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy (GER) FIGURE SKATING Maxim Kovtun (RUS) finished fifth. 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) struck gold in her debut at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships. Her teammate Adelina Sotnikova repeated as silver medalist while defending champion Carolina Kostner (ITA) settled for the bronze. Alena Leonova (RUS) came fourth ahead of Mae-Berenice Meite (FRA). Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov led a Russian sweep in the Pair Skating event followed by Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov and Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov. Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek (ITA) placed fourth and Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres (FRA) came fifth. Four-time European Champions Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) withdrew due to illness before the Free Skating. In the Ice Dance event, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) danced to their first European title. Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland (GBR). 2012 World Junior Champions Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin (RUS) placed fourth in their debut at the European Championships, followed by teammates Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko (RUS). Mura skated to his first ISU Championship title and led the Japanese men to a one-two finish. Takahiko Kozuka earned the silver medal and Nan Song (CHN) took the bronze. Denis Ten (KAZ) placed fourth and Richard Dornbush (USA) was fifth. Kanako Murakami (JPN) won the Ladies event followed by her teammate Satoko Miyahara and Zijun Li (CHN). Haruka Imai (JPN) completed a strong showing of the Japanese ladies in fourth place and Courtney Hicks (USA) placed fifth. Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) recaptured the title they had won back in 2012. Silver medalists Tarah Kayne/Daniel O’Shea (USA) and bronze medalists Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim (USA) won their first medal at an ISU Championship. 5 FOUR CONTINENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS The 16th edition of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships took place in Taipei City (TPE) from January 22-26. Takahito Meryl Davis / Charlie White (USA) 6 In what was a North American ice dance duel, Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) beat Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) for the gold medal. Two-time World Junior bronze medalists Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton (USA) claimed the bronze in their debut at the event. WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS The Junior season 2013/14 cumulated with the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia (BUL) March 12-16. Nam Nguyen (CAN) won the Junior Menâ€™s title. Adian Pitkeev (RUS) earned the silver medal and the bronze went to Nathan Chen (USA). Alexander Petrov (RUS) was fourth and Shoma Uno (JPN) was fifth. Led by Elena Radionova, the Russian Junior Ladies swept the podium as they had in 2013. Radionova became the first lady to defend the World Junior title. Serafima Sakhanovich and Evgenia Medvedeva were the silver and bronze medalists. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) finished fourth, Alaine Chartrand (CAN) came fifth. Xiaoyu Yu/Yang Jin (CHN) continued the success of the Chinese pairs and won their first World Junior title. Evgenia Tarasova/ Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Maria Vigalova/ Egor Zakroev (RUS) claimed silver and bronze, their first medals at this event. Vasilisa Davankova/Andrei Deputat (RUS) placed fourth, followed by Madeline Aaron/Max Settlage (USA). Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker (USA) upset favorites Anna Yanovskaya/Sergey Mozgov (RUS) in the Ice Dance event. Madeline Edwards/Zhao Kai Pang (CAN) moved from fifth to snatch the bronze medal. Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter (USA) ranked fourth and Alexandra Nazarova/Maxim Nikitin (UKR) came fifth. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS The 104th edition of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships took place in Saitama (JPN) March 26 to 30. Japan was selected to host the World Championships in 2011, but the event had to be moved to Moscow (RUS) following the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe. 177 skaters from 38 ISU members participated in the event. The twelve medals went to seven ISU members. Japan got two gold medals and one silver. Italy had one gold and one bronze. One gold went to Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) FIGURE SKATING Germany, Russia claimed two silver medals, Canada earned one silver and one bronze while France and Spain left with a bronze medal each. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) concluded their successful career with their fifth World title. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) confirmed their results from Budapest and Sochi by taking the silver medal. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) picked up the bronze like they had last year. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) came fourth and Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) were fifth. Mao Asada (JPN) skated off with her third world title. Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) claimed the silver in her debut at the World Championship and the bronze went to Carolina Kostner (ITA). Anna Pogorilaya (RUS), another newcomer, placed fourth and Gracie Gold (USA) was ranked fifth. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) capped off a great season by earning his first World title. Teammate Tatsuki Machida won the silver medal in his debut at the World Championship. Javier Fernandez (ESP) repeated as bronze medalist. Maxim Kovtun (RUS) and Jeremy Abbott (USA) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) came out on top in an extremely tight Ice Dance competition. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) finished just 0.02 points behind in second place and bronze medalists Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) trailed the champions by just 0.06 points. Elena Ilinykh/ Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) won the Free Dance but were too far behind after an error in the Short Dance and came fourth. Madison Chock/ Evan Bates (USA) finished fifth. 7 WORLD SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS The 15th edition of the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships took place in Courmayeur (ITA) April 4-5. Italy hosted the event for the first time. 23 teams from 18 ISU members competed in the Championships. Team Finland 1 (Marigold Ice Unity) struck gold, giving Finland its eight world title in the discipline. Team Canada 1 (Nexxice) edged out Team Finland 2 (Rockettes) for the silver medal. The Rockettes took bronze. Team Russia 1 (Paradise) came fourth followed by Sweden 1 (Team Surprise). Carolina Kostner (ITA) OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES The Speed Skating events took place in the Adler Arena where 36 medals were up for grabs and 43 Men and 32 Ladies set new national records and five Olympic records were broken. The Dutch swept four podiums and won a total of 23 medals, Russia and Poland won three medals, Korea, Canada and Czech Republic all got two medals and China clenched one medal. The first Dutch podium sweep was the 5000 m where Sven Kramer (NED) bettered his own Olympic record, successfully defended his Olympic title and topped the podium followed by Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma. Since the 2010 Olympics Kramer won most races in this distance and the last time there was a sweep was at the 1964 Olympics with Norway. In the Ladies’ 3000m, Dutch star and 2006 gold medalist Ireen Wüst managed to regain her title ahead of the reigning Olympic Champion Martina Sáblíková (CZE). Olga Graf won the bronze medal on home ice and also skated a new national record (she also achieved a new national record in the 5000 m). In the Men’s 500 m although the Dutch had never won gold in this distance they triumphed with their second sweep of the Games. Michel Mulder won 0.012 ahead of Jan Smeekens. Ronald Mulder skated a track record in his second race, which brought him from sixth to third place. Reigning 500 m Olympic Champion Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) kept her title and Olga Fatkulina (RUS) clenched the silver while Margot Boer won the first Dutch Olympic medal in this distance. In the Men’s 1000 m Stefan Groothuis (NED) won the gold and Michel Mulder the bronze. Denny Morrison was the second Canadian in history to medal in the 1000 m after Gaétan Boucher (in 1980 and 1984). He was not qualified for this distance but his teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot when realizing that Morrison’s chances of winning a medal was higher than his own. China came to center stage in the Ladies’ 1000 m when Hong Zhang won the title. Two Dutch skaters followed with Wüst in second and Boer taking the bronze. The Men’s 1500 m was the tightest race in Olympic history, with two skaters finishing in 1:45.00. A study of the 1000ths of a second brought Poland its first ever Olympic Speed Skating gold medal. Zbigniew Bródka beat 8 Dutchman Koen Verweij with only 0.003 second. Morrison took his second medal with a bronze. Jorien ter Mors was the first lady to compete in both Speed Skating and Short Track at the Olympic Winter Games, she set a new Olympic record of 1:53.51 and led the 1500 m Ladies podium which was also a clean Dutch sweep. Defending champion Wüst clenched the silver while Lotte van Beek got bronze. The final Dutch sweep was in the Men’s 10000 m. Kramer was hungry for victory following his disqualifying mistake in Vancouver. However Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record of 12:44.45 and took the title. Kramer got the silver while 2006 Olympic champion Bob de Jong won his fourth medal in this distance becoming the most decorated long distance skater. 2010 Olympic Ladies’ 5000 m Champion Martina Sáblíková retained her title and for the first time in history, the German ladies did not make it to the podium. Wüst won silver, her fourth medal at these Games, and 35-year-old Carien Kleibeuker (NED) won bronze, bringing the total of individual medals for the Netherlands to 21. In the Team Pursuit the Dutch teams set new Olympic records, the men 3:37.71 and the ladies in 2:58.05. The Polish teams also did well with a silver medal in the Ladies and bronze for the Men. The Russian Ladies took the bronze while the Korean Men took the silver medals. A number of skaters have announced their retirement which marks the beginning of a new Olympic cycle which will peak at the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018. WORLD CUP In this Olympic season, the World Cup circuit was spread over six weekends. The Series started last November in Calgary (CAN) then moved to Salt Lake City (USA). On December 1 the series went to Astana (KAZ) then Berlin (GER). The next World Cup took place three months later in Inzell (GER), two weeks after the Olympic Games. The following week the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final took place in Heerenveen (NED) where Americans Shani Davis and Heather Richardson won the Grand World Cup. Martina Sablikova (CZE) SPEED SKATING In the ladies 500 m, Sang-Hwa Lee dominated most of the season and brought the World Record down to 36.36 however she did not compete after the Olympics giving other contenders the opportunity to win the Cup. Finally Olga Fatkulina (RUS) took the Cup, Heather Richardson was second and Jenny Wolf (GER) finished her career ranked third. Richardson took the 1000m title followed by teammate Britanny Bowe and then by Fatkulina. Bowe won the Salt Lake City race in a world record time of 1:12.58. Ireen Wüst (NED) won the 1500 m ahead of Lotte van Beek (NED) and Bowe. Martina Sáblíková won the long distance World Cup for the 8th successive time, ahead of Claudia Pechstein (GER) and Yvonne Nauta (NED) who had her international break-through this season. Francesca Lollobrigida brought Italy success by winning the Mass Start ahead of Dutch Ladies Irene Schouten and Janneke Ensink. The Dutch ladies dominated the Team Pursuit, with Poland and Japan following. In the men’s 500 m, twin brothers Michel and Ronald Mulder battled for the victory however Ronald was the most stable taking the Cup while Michel finished in second. Last year’s winner Jan Smeekens completed the podium. Tae-Bum Mo (KOR) led throughout the season, but did not compete after the Olympics therefore he did not finish in the top three ranking. Shani Davis won the 1000 m for the sixth time and now has the most victories than anyone in this distance. Denny Morrison (CAN) and Kjeld Nuis (NED) followed. The 1500 m had five different winners; although only Denis Yuskov (RUS) won two races, he ranked overall second behind Koen Verweij and Davis came in third. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) won the long distance, winning the last three races. Sven Kramer (NED) won the first three, but then finished his World Cup season after the Olympics and finished third, passed in the ranking by Patrick Beckert (GER). Bob de Vries (NED) won the mass start, Arjan Stroetinga (NED) and Bart Swings (BEL) followed. The Dutch men dominated the Team Pursuit, USA and Norway finished second and third. 9 Zbigniew Brodka (POL) Sáblíková (CZE). Six time European Champion Sven Kramer did not defend his titles this season leaving the way for Jan Blokhuijsen who was crowned the new European champion, while Koen Verweij (NED) won the silver medal. Håvard Bøkko (NOR) took the bronze in his home country. where Ireen Wüst won the World title for the third consecutive. Olga Graf (RUS) won silver and Yvonne Nauta took the bronze. In the Men the 2014 European silver medalist Koen Verweij (NED) won the World title ahead of team mate Jan Blokhuijsen and Russian Denis Yuskov. WORLD SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS Jing Yu (CHN) and Michel Mulder won the Essent ISU World Sprint Championships in Nagano (JPN), three weeks before the Olympic Games started. Yu had won back in 2012 and team mate Hong Zhang took the silver medal. 2013 Sprint Champion Heather Richardson (USA) had to contend with bronze. Mulder won his second consecutive title and 2009 Sprint Champion Shani Davis won silver. By finishing third Daniel Greig became the first Australian Speed Skater to win a medal at an ISU Event. WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS The ISU World Junior Championships were held last March in Bjugn (NOR). Antoinette de Jong and Patrick Roest became Ladies’ and Men’s World Junior Champions. De Jong also took the 1000 m and 3000 m distance titles while Vanessa Bittner (AUT) won the title in the 500 m and Melissa Wijfje (NED) the 1500 m. The Dutch ladies also won the team pursuit followed by Korea and Japan. Although Roest did not win a distance title he did win the 3000 m in the allround and was often on the podium. Kai Verbij (NED) on the other hand won the 500 and 1000 m, Fan Yang (CHN) the 1500 m and Nils van der Poel (SWE) the 5000 m. The Asian skaters dominated the Team Pursuit: The Korean men won the title ahead of Japan and China. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS For the third time Ireen Wüst won the European title at the Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships in Hamar (NOR). Silver went to Yvonne Nauta (NED) and bronze to Martina WORLD ALLROUND CHAMPIONSHIPS The Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships were held in Heerenveen (NED) SHORT TRACK OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES The Short Track Speed Skating competition took place in the Iceberg Skating Palace and was considered by many as one of the most exciting events in Sochi. 24 medals were up for grabs and China won the most with six, Russia and Korea took five medals, Canada and Italy claimed three medals while the Netherlands and the USA got one medal each. Charles Hamelin (CAN) won the first Short Track Speed Skating medal of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the Men’s 1500 m. China’s Tianyu Han was the surprise of the race by taking silver while Victor An (RUS) brought Russia the first medal in Short Track Skating history with his bronze medal. In the Ladies’ 500 m Jianrou Li (CHN) took the title followed by Arianna Fontana (ITA) who had won bronze in Vancouver in the same distance. Seung-Hi Park (KOR) got the bronze medal. Zhou Yang (CHN) won the ladies 1500 m for the second consecutive time, Shim Suk-Hee (KOR) finished in second place and Arianna Fontana (ITA) won bronze. In the Men’s 1000 m and to the delight of the home crowd Victor An and Vladimir Grigorev clenched the gold and silver medal respectively and Sjinkie Knegt finished third, winning the first medal in Short Track Speed Skating for the Netherlands. In the Ladies’ 3000 m Relay race and four years after their disqualification team Korea regained their title. Referees disqualified China for impeding, promoting Canada to silver and Italy to bronze. In the Men 500 m event Russia’s Victor An out skated his competition to win his third medal and second Olympic title. Dajing Wu (CHN) took silver and Charle Cournoyer (CAN) bronze. Park Seung Hi (KOR) won the Ladies’ 1000m title followed by Kexin Fan (CHN) and Suk Hee SHIM (KOR). Russia won their first Relay title in the Men’s 5000 m Relay race followed by USA and China. An (RUS) won his first European title three weeks before the Olympic Winter Games. Teammate Semen Elistratov took the silver medal and Niels Kerstholt (NED) followed with bronze. Russia also took the Relay gold medal, then Netherlands got their second consecutive silver medal and Germany got bronze. Maltais (CAN) earned the bronze medal. On the Men’s side, Victor An (RUS) took the overall title, while JR Celski (USA) finished in second and Charles Hamelin (CAN) finished in third. Suk-Hee Shim (KOR) won the Ladies’ 1500 m title followed by teammates Alang Kim and Olympic Champion Seung-Hi Park. 1500 m Olympic Champion Charles Hamelin (CAN) won gold on home ice in a sold out venue. In close second place Tianyu Han (CHN) and third-place finisher was Se-Yeong Park (KOR). Seung-Hi Park (KOR) won the 500 m gold medal followed by Brit Elise Christie and Kexin Fan from China. Wu Dajing (CHN) was crowned new 500 m World Champion, ahead of JR Celski (USA) and Charles Hamelin. The Olympic Champion in this distance Victor An (RUS) finished fourth. In the Ladies’ 1000 m event Suk-Hee Shim (KOR) took the title followed by Seung-Hi Park (KOR) and Valérie Maltais (CAN). The final individual event was the Men’s 1000 m, the Olympic Champion Victor An (RUS) clenched the World title, Olympic bronze medalist Sjinkie Knegt (NED) bettered his performance by winning the World silver medal and Se Yeong Park (KOR) took the bronze. In the Ladies’ Relay China took the gold, Canada silver and Italy bronze and finally the Men’s Relay saw the Netherlands crowned new World Champions, then Korea and Great Britain followed. 10 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships were held in Erzurum (TUR) 7-9 March 2014. Do Hee Noh (KOR) won her second consecutive title and lead a Korean clean sweep. Se Jung Ahn finished second and Minjeong Choi got the bronze medal. Since the beginning of the Championships Korea has swept the podium eleven times. Team Korea also won the Ladies’ Relay followed by Canada and China. In the Men’s category Munhyeon Lee (KOR) clinched the overall title followed by teammate Hyo Been Lee and Sandor Liu Shaolin won the first individual medal for Hungary at a World Junior Championships. China won the Relay, Hungary took silver and Japan finished third. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Suk-Hee Shim (KOR) was crowned overall World Ladies Champion while teammate Seung-Hi Park (KOR) got the silver medal for the second consecutive year. Valérie EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS From January 17-19 the ISU European Short Track Championships took place in Dresden, (GER) Jorien Ter Mors won the first individual European Championships title for a Dutch female Short Track skater. Elise Christie got the silver medal for a second consecutive year and 2013 European Champion, Arianna Fontana (ITA) was awarded with bronze. The Netherlands also won the Relay with Great Britain and Hungary tailing behind. Victor Victor An (RUS) ISU CONGRESS PREVIEW The International Skating Union travels to Dublin (IRE) for the 55th ISU Ordinary Congress on June 9 - 13, 2014. Delegates will meet in the Convention Centre Dublin. Over 350 participants are expected, including ISU Office Holders and delegations from Member Federations. Every Congress sees major decisions about the future and direction of the ISU. In 2014 over 400 proposals have been submitted. The Congress begins on June 9 with a debate on the Constitution and General Regulations. Joint Members for Figure Skating and Speed Skating have two votes on each proposal whereas Members for Figure Skating or Speed Skating alone are entitled to one vote. Workshops and the first ever Forum are planned for the Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to full Congress then parallel Figure Skating and Speed Skating sessions. To conclude a plenary session will take place on Friday June 13. Proposals require a two thirds majority of Members in favor in order to be accepted. General ISU Membership – Better define the minimum requirement for Members activities and to open ISU membership to countries not having an operating ice rink under the condition that the Council may apply special conditions to those Members. Short Track Speed Skating – To change the official name of the discipline to Short Track instead. Sport Directorate – Following the 2012 Congress decision to discontinue the Sports Directorate as a body effective before the 2014 Congress, a proposal is made for a transition period between the 2014 and 2016 Congresses whereby the position of a Sports Manager Figure Skating would be filled by the current Chair of the Sports Directorate to ensure the proper training of an efficient Figure Skating Event Coordination team among other tasks. Speed Skating Introduction of races and standardization of ISU Events – A proposal is made to include Mass Start and Team Sprint races in more Championships and to adjust the scheduling in order to accommodate these changes. A recommendation is also made to reduce the number of 500 m races to one per event. Adjust the qualification process for World Championships – For World Single Distances Championships it is proposed to apply the same system as for Olympic Winter Games. As for the World Sprint and World Allround Championships country quota places will be allotted by a combination of results from the preceding Championships and designated World Cup competitions. Olympic Winter Games entries – A proposal to adjust the entry rules for the Olympic Winter Games and to introduce Mass Start races if accepted by the IOC. Short Track Standardization of ISU Championships – It is proposed that all ISU Championships start with a qualification day, then days two and three would be split into morning ranking races and afternoon medal races. False Start – In the case of a second false start committed by a skater, the concerned skater will get a penalty. Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance Same duration for all Free Programs – To standardize the duration to four minutes for the Seniors and three and a half minutes for Juniors. Consequently the Men’s Free Skating will have seven jump elements instead of eight and there will be no Choreographic Sequence in the Pair Skating Free Skating Programs. Reverse starting order – At all ISU Championships and International Competitions, all competitors will skate their Free Skating/ Dance in the reverse order of their places in the Short Program. Ice Dance factors - Factors of all Program Components will be given equal weight. The sum of the factors of the Program Components remains the same (4.0 for Short Dance and 6.0 for Free Dance) Synchronized Skating Harmonization – the main proposal is to harmonize the Special Regulations and Technical Rules with other Figure Skating Disciplines. Introduction of Option Groups – this would facilitate a greater variety in the structuring of Programs. Elements – to provide more freedom in Synchronized Skating elements that are currently considered restrictive which will give more options for coaches and teams in the choreography of their programs. 11 THE PROPOSALS Some of the most important proposals from the ISU Council, Sports Directorate and Technical Committees are summarized briefly below. The full agenda has been published in ISU Communication 1863 on www.isu.org. Congress Program Monday June 9 Opening of the Congress / Congress Forum / Workshops Tuesday June 10 – Thursday June 12 Full Congress / Sections Figure Skating and Speed Skating Friday June 13 Full Congress and Closing Banquet FIGURE SKATING Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Ladies Gold Silver 4 5 Adelina Sotnikova Yuna Kim Gracie Gold Yulia Lipnitskaya RUS KOR ITA USA RUS Bronze Carolina Kostner Points 224.59 219.11 216.73 205.53 200.57 Men Gold Silver 4 5 Yuzuru Hanyu Patrick Chan Javier Fernandez Tatsuki Machida Points JPN CAN KAZ ESP JPN Bronze Denis Ten Points 280.09 275.62 255.10 253.92 253.42 Team Event Gold Russia Silver Canada Bronze 4 5 United States Italy Japan Points 75 65 60 52 51 12 Pairs Gold Silver 4 5 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov Qing Pang / Jian Tong Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch RUS RUS GER CHN CAN Bronze Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy Ice Dance Points Gold Silver 4 5 Meryl Davis / Charlie White Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev USA CAN RUS FRA RUS 195.52 190.99 183.48 177.22 172.92 Bronze Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov 236.86 218.68 215.78 209.88 202.10 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, January 13 - 19 2014, Budapest (HUN) Ladies Points 1 Julia Lipnitskaia 2 Adelina Sotnikova 3 Carolina Kostner 4 Alena Leonova 5 Mae Berenice Meite 6 Valentina Marchei 7 Elena Glebova 8 Nathalie Weinzierl 9 Joshi Helgesson 10 Elene Gedevanishvili RUS 209.72 RUS 202.36 ITA 191.39 RUS 178.15 FRA 173.37 ITA 165.25 EST 155.71 GER 151.88 SWE 146.45 GEO 141.82 Men 1 Javier Fernandez 2 Sergei Voronov 3 Konstantin Menshov 4 Michal Brezina 5 Maxim Kovtun 6 Peter Liebers 7 Tomas Verner 8 Brian Joubert 9 Jorik Hendrickx 10 Alexei Bychenko Points ESP 267.11 RUS 252.55 RUS 237.24 CZE 236.98 RUS 232.37 GER 225.76 CZE 223.66 FRA 221.95 BEL 205.92 ISR 203.76 Pairs Points 1 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov RUS 220.38 2 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov 3 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov 4 Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek 5 Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres 6 Maylin Wende / Daniel Wende 8 Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise 9 Mari Vartmann / Aaron Van Cleave 10 Natalja Zabijako / Alexandr Zaboev RUS 207.98 RUS 201.61 ITA 195.61 FRA 185.48 GER 168.32 163.93 154.55 ITA 7 Andrea Davidovich / Evgeni Krasnopolski ISR GER 153.21 EST 149.82 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, January 20 - 26 2014, Taipei City (TPE) Ladies Points 1 Kanako Murakami 2 Satoko Miyahara 3 Zijun Li 4 Haruka Imai 5 Courtney Hicks 6 Hae Jin Kim 7 Alaine Chartrand 8 Samantha Cesario 9 So Youn Park 10 Mirai Nagasu JPN 196.91 JPN 186.53 CHN 181.56 JPN 175.40 USA 169.99 KOR 166.84 CAN 165.19 USA 164.87 KOR 162.71 USA 159.78 Men 1 Takahito Mura 2 Takahiko Kozuka 3 Nan Song 4 Denis Ten 5 Richard Dornbush 6 Joshua Farris 7 Jinlin Guan 8 Adam Rippon 9 Jeremy Ten 10 Nam Nguyen Points JPN 242.56 JPN 236.38 CHN 236.09 KAZ 226.37 USA 224.44 USA 221.00 CHN 214.26 USA 213.20 CAN 208.51 CAN 204.69 Pairs Points 1 Wenjing Sui / Cong Han 2 Tarah Kayne / Daniel O Shea 3 Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim 4 Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier 5 Natasha Purich / Mervin Tran 6 Margaret Purdy / Michael Marinaro 7 Wenting Wang / Yan Zhang CHN 212.40 USA 181.45 USA 170.35 USA 167.10 CAN 147.80 CAN 139.99 CHN 139.95 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, March 10 - 16 2014, Sofia, (BUL) Ladies Points 1 Elena Radionova 2 Serafima Sakhanovich 3 Evgenia Medvedeva 4 Satoko Miyahara 5 Alaine Chartrand 6 Da Bin Choi 7 Amber Glenn 8 Rika Hongo 9 Karen Chen 10 Na Hyun Kim RUS 194.29 RUS 182.13 RUS 178.43 JPN 177.69 CAN 164.35 KOR 162.35 USA 158.88 JPN 157.88 USA 155.83 KOR 144.21 Men Points 1 Nam Nguyen 2 Adian Pitkeev 3 Nathan Chen 4 Alexander Petrov 5 Shoma Uno 6 Boyang Jin 7 Keiji Tanaka 8 Deniss Vasiljevs 9 Jordan Moeller 10 Petr Coufal CAN 217.06 RUS 212.51 USA 212.03 RUS 210.03 JPN 206.50 CHN 203.64 JPN 192.76 LAT 189.33 USA 188.14 CZE 182.28 Pairs Points 1 Xiaoyu Yu / Yang Jin 3 Maria Vigalova / Egor Zakroev 4 Vasilisa Davankova / Andrei Deputat 5 Madeline Aaron / Max Settlage 6 Mary Orr / Phelan Simpson 7 Tara Hancherow / Wesley Killing 9 Kaitlin Budd / Nikita Cheban 10 Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar CHN 173.77 RUS 152.48 RUS 150.67 USA 144.91 CAN 132.02 CAN 128.68 123.95 USA 117.36 CZE 113.85 2 Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov RUS 168.20 8 Alessandra Cernuschi / Filippo Ambrosini ITA SYNCHRONIZED SKATING ISU Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup, March 6 - 8 2014, Neuchâtel, (SUI) ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 4 - 5 2014, Courmayeur, (ITA) Teams Points 1 Team Finland 1 2 Team Canada 1 3 Team Finland 2 4 Team Sweden 1 5 Team Canada 2 6 Team Russia 1 7 Team USA 1 8 Team Russia 2 9 Team Germany 10 Team USA 2 11 Team Italy 12 Team Sweden 2 13 Team France 14 Team Great Britain 15 Team Czec Republic 16 Team Switzerland 17 Team Austria 18 Team Hungary 19 Team Belgium 173.77 170.89 167.63 157.86 155.37 149.63 133.85 133.80 120.82 117.75 116.50 115.14 98.09 93.16 91.56 88.81 58.95 57.01 52.66 Teams Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Team Finland 1 Team Canada 1 Team Finland 2 Team Russia 1 Team Sweden 1 Team Canada 2 Team USA 1 Team Russia 2 Team Sweden 2 Team Italy Team USA 2 Team Japan Team Germany Team France Team Switzerland Team Czech Republic Team Hungary Team Croatia Team Australia Team Mexico Team Great Britain Team Spain Team Belgium 223.45 220.88 220.66 211.82 204.20 197.01 196.90 189.61 171.29 167.13 166.96 138.47 133.55 127.48 119.46 113.33 99.88 99.15 94.46 90.26 78.59 73.33 72.47 13 Team Finland 1 Ice Dance Points 1 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte 2 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov 4 Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin 5 Ekaterina Riazanova / Ilia Tkachenko 6 Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov 7 Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi 8 Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri 9 Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniunas 10 Sara Hurtado / Adria Diaz ITA 171.61 RUS 170.51 RUS 153.73 RUS 150.44 AZE 147.78 GER 145.37 ITA 144.40 LTU 142.31 ESP 137.58 3 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland GBR 158.69 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 24 - 30 2014, Saitama (JPN) Ladies Points Ice Dance Points 1 Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue USA 158.25 2 Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 3 Alexandra Aldridge / Daniel Eaton 4 Kharis Ralph / Asher Hill 5 Nicole Orford / Thomas Williams 7 Danielle Obrien / Gregory Merriman 8 Yiyi Zhang / Nan Wu 9 Shiyue Wang / Xinyu Liu 10 Yura Min / Timothy Koleto CAN 153.71 USA 144.95 CAN 137.03 CAN 133.42 AUS 121.44 CHN 116.34 CHN 115.66 KOR 111.23 1 Mao Asada 2 Julia Lipnitskaia 3 Carolina Kostner 4 Anna Pogorilaya 5 Gracie Gold 6 Akiko Suzuki 7 Ashley Wagner 8 Polina Edmunds 9 So Youn Park 10 Kanako Murakami JPN 216.69 RUS 207.50 ITA 203.83 RUS 197.50 USA 194.58 JPN 193.72 USA 193.16 USA 187.50 KOR 176.61 JPN 172.44 Men Points 1 Yuzuru Hanyu 2 Tatsuki Machida 3 Javier Fernandez 4 Maxim Kovtun 5 Jeremy Abbott 6 Takahiko Kozuka 7 Han Yan 8 Max Aaron 9 Chafik Besseghier 10 Tomas Verner JPN 282.59 JPN 282.26 ESP 275.93 RUS 247.37 USA 246.35 JPN 238.02 CHN 231.91 USA 225.66 FRA 224.19 CZE 223.14 6 Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt USA 130.05 Pairs Points 1 Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy GER 224.88 Ice Dance Points 1 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte 2 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje ITA 175.43 CAN 175.41 Ice Dance Points 1 Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker 2 Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov 4 Lorraine Mcnamara / Quinn Carpenter 5 Alexandra Nazarova / Maxim Nikitin 6 Rebeka Kim / Kirill Minov 7 Betina Popova / Yuri Vlasenko 8 Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons 9 Evgenia Kosigina / Nikolai Moroshkin 10 Olivia Smart / Joseph Buckland USA 157.12 RUS 155.16 USA 138.53 UKR 134.65 KOR 133.35 RUS 132.47 USA 131.82 RUS 126.72 GBR 121.01 2 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov 3 Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford RUS 215.92 CAN 210.84 3 Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat FRA 175.37 4 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov 5 Madison Chock / Evan Bates 6 Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani 7 Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin 8 Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 9 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland 10 Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam RUS 174.38 USA 167.59 USA 158.57 RUS 155.35 CAN 153.86 GBR 153.66 CAN 148.76 3 Madeline Edwards / Zhao Kai Pang CAN 139.65 4 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch CAN 205.52 5 Cheng Peng / Hao Zhang 6 Wenjing Sui / Cong Han 7 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov 8 Julia Antipova / Nodari Maisuradze 9 Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek 10 Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres CHN 194.83 CHN 192.10 RUS 189.44 RUS 186.22 ITA 184.28 FRA 183.90 SPEED SKATING Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Men 500 m combined times Gold Michel Mulder NED NED NED KOR JPN 1:09.312 1:09.324 1:09.460 1:09.690 1:09.740 Silver Jan Smeekens Bronze Ronald Mulder Ladies 500 m combined times Gold Silver Sang Hwa Lee Olga Fatkulina KOR RUS NED CHN JPN 1:14.70 1:15.06 1:15.48 1:15.58 1:15.61 Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships, January 11 - 12 2014, Hamar (NOR) Ladies Points 1 Ireen Wüst 2 Yvonne Nauta 3 Martina Sábliková 4 Diane Valkenburg NED NED CZE NED RUS 159.736 162.253 162.559 163.120 163.605 Bronze Margot Boer 4 5 Hong Zhang Nao Kodaira 14 4 5 Mo Tae Bum Joji Kato Men 1000 m Gold Stefan Groothuis NED CAN NED GER GER Silver Denny Morrison Bronze Michel Mulder 4 5 Nico Ihle Samuel Schwarz Time 1:08.39 1:08.43 1:08.74 1:08.86 1:08.89 Ladies 1000 m Gold Silver Hong Zhang Ireen Wust CHN NED NED RUS NED Time 1:14.02 1:14.69 1:14.90 1:15.08 1:15.10 5 Yuliya Skokova Bronze Margot Boer 4 5 Olga Fatkulina Lotte Van Beek Men 1 Jan Blokhuijsen 2 Koen Verweij NED NED NOR BEL NOR Points 149.196 149.251 149.894 150.272 150.302 Men 1500 m Gold Zbigniew Brodka POL NED CAN RUS NED Silver Koen Verweij Bronze Denny Morrison 4 5 Denis Yuskov Mark Tuitert Time 1:45.006 1:45.009 1:45.220 1:45.370 1:45.420 Ladies 1500 m Gold Silver Jorien Ter Mors Ireen Wust NED NED NED NED RUS Time 1:53.51 1:54.09 1:54.54 1:56.40 1:56.45 3 Håvard Bøkko 4 Bart Swings 5 Sverre Lunde Pedersen Bronze Lotte Van Beek 4 5 Marrit Leenstra Yuliya Skokova Men 5000 m Gold Sven Kramer Silver Jan Blokhuijsen Bronze Jorrit Bergsma 4 5 Bart Swings NED NED NED BEL Time 6:10.76 6:15.71 6:16.66 6:17.79 6:18.84 Ladies 3000 m Gold Silver Ireen Wust Martina Sablikova NED CZE RUS GER NED Time 4:00.34 4:01.95 4:03.47 4:05.26 4:05.75 Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, January 18 - 19 2014, Nagano (JPN) Bronze Olga Graf 4 5 Claudia Pechstein Annouk Van Der Weijden Ladies Points 1 Jing Yu 2 Hong Zhang 3 Heather Richardson 4 Margot Boer 5 Nao Kodaira CHN CHN USA NED JPN 151.275 151.705 151.790 151.865 153.505 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR Men 10000 m Gold Jorrit Bergsma Silver Sven Kramer Bronze Bob De Jong 4 5 Seung Hoon Lee Bart Swings NED NED NED KOR BEL Time 12:44.45 12:49.02 13:07.19 13:11.68 13:13.99 Ladies 5000 m Gold Silver Martina Sablikova CZE Ireen Wust NED Time 6:51.54 6:54.28 6:55.66 6:55.77 6:58.39 Bronze Carien Kleibeuker NED 4 5 Olga Graf Claudia Pechstein RUS GER Men Points 1 Michel Mulder NED USA AUS KAZ NED 139.885 140.600 140.715 141.005 141.205 Team Pursuit Men Gold Netherlands Silver Republic of Korea Bronze Poland 4 5 Canada Norway Time 3:37.71 3:40.85 3:41.94 3:44.27 3:44.91 Team Pursuit Ladies Gold Silver Netherlands Poland Time 2:58.05 3:05.55 2:59.73 3:02.57 3:02.04 2 Shani Davis 3 Daniel Greig 4 Denis Kuzin 5 Kjeld Nuis Bronze Russia 4 Japan 5 Canada Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Final Standings Ladies Overall Ranking Points 1 Heather Richardson 2 Ireen Wüst 3 Brittany Bowe 4 Olga Fatkulina 5 Lotte van Beek USA NED USA RUS NED 108.25 99.00 82.50 75.50 67.50 Men Overall Ranking Points 1 2 3 4 5 Shani Davis Koen Verweij Jorrit Bergsma Michel Mulder Denis Yuskov USA NED NED NED RUS 95.50 67.50 50.00 49.25 43.00 Ladies Team Pursuit 1 Netherlands 2 Poland 3 Japan 4 Canada 5 Republic of Korea Points 450 315 285 280 160 155 150 110 85 72 15 Ladies 500 m 1 Olga Fatkulina 2 Heather Richardson 3 Jenny Wolf 4 Sang-Hwa Lee 5 Nao Kodaira 6 Margot Boer 7 Beixing Wang 8 Thijsje Oenema 9 Judith Hesse 10 Miyako Sumiyoshi RUS USA GER KOR JPN NED CHN NED GER JPN Points 960 915 803 700 637 493 430 401 360 314 Points 555 500 352 313 311 260 185 159 156 155 Points 530 430 389 343 242 215 204 181 165 155 Men 500 m Points 1 Ronald Mulder 2 Michel Mulder 3 Jan Smeekens 4 Tae-Bum Mo 5 Artyom Kuznetsov 6 Gilmore Junio 7 Jesper Hospes 8 Tucker Fredricks 9 Dmitry Lobkov 10 Nico Ihle NED NED NED KOR RUS CAN NED USA RUS GER 782 728 655 527 471 457 442 440 428 425 Points 590 344 305 300 253 246 207 193 173 173 Points 440 430 401 386 245 214 210 186 186 183 6 Russia 7 USA 8 Norway 9 China 10 Germany Mass Start Ladies 1 Francesca Lollobrigida 2 Irene Schouten 3 Janneke Ensing 4 Ivanie Blondin 5 Mariska Huisman 6 Claudia Pechstein 7 Maria Lamb 8 Jelena Peeters 9 Masako Hozumi 10 Saskia Alusalu ITA NED NED CAN NED GER USA BEL JPN EST Points 200 190 155 150 150 145 80 68 68 28 Ladies 1000 m 1 Heather Richardson 2 Brittany Bowe 3 Olga Fatkulina 4 Lotte van Beek 5 Margot Boer 6 Ireen Wüst 7 Karolina Erbanová 8 Yuliya Skokova 9 Nao Kodaira 10 Sang-Hwa Lee USA USA RUS NED NED NED CZE RUS JPN KOR Men 1000 m 1 Shani Davis 2 Denny Morrison 3 Kjeld Nuis 4 Michel Mulder 5 Koen Verweij 6 Brian Hansen 7 Denis Kuzin 8 Stefan Groothuis 9 Tae-Bum Mo USA CAN NED NED NED USA KAZ NED KOR 10 Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen NOR Men Team Pursuit Points 1 Netherlands 2 USA 3 Norway 4 Poland 5 Republic of Korea 6 Canada 7 Germany 8 France 9 Russia 10 Italy 450 280 270 265 220 135 120 120 120 90 Ladies 1500 m 1 Ireen Wüst 2 Lotte van Beek 3 Brittany Bowe 4 Yuliya Skokova 5 Marrit Leenstra 6 Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus 7 Yekaterina Lobysheva 8 Ida Njåtun 9 Olga Graf 10 Monique Angermüller NED NED USA RUS NED POL RUS NOR RUS GER Men 1500 m 1 Koen Verweij 2 Denis Yuskov 3 Shani Davis 4 Zbigniew Brodka 5 Brian Hansen 6 Sverre Lunde Pedersen 7 Denny Morrison 8 Mark Tuitert 9 Konrad Niedzwiedzki 10 Kjeld Nuis NED RUS USA POL USA NOR CAN NED POL NED Ladies 3000 m / 5000 m Points 1 Martina Sábliková 2 Claudia Pechstein 3 Yvonne Nauta 4 Olga Graf 5 Jorien Voorhuis 6 Ireen Wüst 7 Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus 8 Antoinette de Jong 9 Annouk van der Weijden 10 Ida Njåtun CZE GER NED RUS NED NED POL NED NED NOR 550 416 326 274 245 240 237 225 224 221 Men 5000 m / 10000 m 1 Jorrit Bergsma 2 Patrick Beckert 3 Sven Kramer 4 Sverre Lunde Pedersen 5 Jan Blokhuijsen 6 Douwe de Vries 7 Seung-Hoon Lee 8 Aleksandr Rumyantsev 9 Bob de Jong 10 Bart Swings NED GER NED NOR NED NED KOR RUS NED BEL Mass Start Men Points 500 311 300 265 263 244 230 213 206 198 1 Bob de Vries 2 Arjan Stroetinga 3 Bart Swings 4 Maarten Swings 5 Bram Smallenbroek 6 Christijn Groeneveld 7 Patrick Meek 8 Andrea Giovannini 9 Felix Rijhnen 10 Brian Hansen NED NED BEL BEL AUT NED USA ITA GER USA Points 220 175 170 148 123 105 90 72 56 45 SPEED SKATING ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, March 7 - 9 2013, Bjugn (NOR) Ladies Allround 1 Antoinette de Jong 2 Melissa Wijfje NED NED RUS NED KOR Points 162.970 163.929 166.453 167.342 168.461 Ladies 500 m combined times 1 Vanessa Bittner 2 Antoinette de Jong 3 Bente van den Berge 4 Min-Sun Kim 5 Yeon-Joo Chang AUT NED NED KOR KOR 1:19.680 1:20.730 1:20.960 1:21.160 1:21.320 Ladies 1000 m 1 Antoinette de Jong 2 Melissa Wijfje 3 Sanneke de Neeling 4 Vanessa Bittner 5 Yelizaveta Kazelina NED NED NED AUT RUS Time 1:18.82 1:19.46 1:20.51 1:20.70 1:20.94 16 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina 4 Sanneke de Neeling 5 Cho-Won Park Ladies 1500 m 1 Melissa Wijfje 2 Antoinette de Jong 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina 4 Cho-Won Park 5 Sanneke de Neeling NED NED RUS KOR NED Time 2:00.65 2:01.71 2:03.97 2:04.25 2:04.37 Ladies 3000 m 1 Antoinette de Jong 2 Melissa Wijfje 3 Jade van der Molen 4 Yelizaveta Kazelina 5 Cho-Won Park NED NED NED RUS KOR Time 4:16.74 4:19.22 4:21.39 4:24.90 4:24.96 Ladies Team Pursuit 1 Team Netherlands 2 Team Republic of Korea 3 Team Japan 4 Team Russia Time 3:11.09 3:18.89 3:20.73 3:23.48 Men Allround 1 Patrick Roest 2 Willem Hoolwerf 3 Emery Lehman 4 Fan Yang 5 Min-Seok Kim NED NED USA CHN KOR Points 154.723 155.571 155.808 155.878 156.415 Men 500 m combined times 1 Kai Verbij 2 Takuya Goto 3 Dai Dai Ntab 4 Seung-Yong Yang 5 Piotr Michalski NED JPN NED KOR POL 1:13.01 1:13.42 1:13.57 1:13.95 1:14.02 Men 1000 m 1 Kai Verbij 2 Armin Hager 3 Taro Kondo 4 Joel Dufter 5 Vasily Melnikov NED AUT JPN GER RUS Time 1:12.40 1:13.01 1:13.38 1:13.54 1:13.89 Men 1500 m 1 Fan Yang 2 Kai Verbij 3 Patrick Roest 4 Min-Seok Kim 5 Taro Kondo CHN NED NED KOR JPN Time 1:51.87 1:52.74 1:53.01 1:53.24 1:53.28 Men 3000 m 1 Patrick Roest 2 Willem Hoolwerf 3 Emery Lehman 4 Nils van der Poel 5 Min-Seok Kim NED NED USA SWE KOR Time 3:52.05 3:54.06 3:55.31 3:56.32 3:57.02 Men Team Pursuit 1 Team Republic of Korea 2 Team Japan 3 Team China 4 Team Netherlands Time 4:01.42 4:02.05 4:02.59 4:07.46 Men 5000 m 1 Nils van der Poel 2 Patrick Roest 3 Emery Lehman 4 Willem Hoolwerf 5 Min-Seok Kim SWE NED USA NED KOR Time 6:41.29 6:43.88 6:43.97 6:46.41 6:51.86 Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships, March 22 - 23 2014, Heerenveen (NED) Ladies Points 1 Ireen Wüst 2 Olga Graf 3 Yvonne Nauta 4 Yuliya Skokova 5 Diane Valkenburg NED RUS NED RUS NED 158.615 161.315 162.488 162.946 163.275 Men Points 1 Koen Verweij 2 Jan Blokhuijsen 3 Denis Yuskov 4 Sverre Lunde Pedersen 5 Bart Swings NED NED RUS NOR BEL 149.365 149.600 150.03 151.217 151.519 ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating – Final Standings Ladies 500 m 1 Vanessa Bittner 2 Bente van den Berge 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina 4 Sanneke de Neeling 5 Alyona Stapstova 6 Nan Sun 7 Martine Ripsrud 8 Mariya Sizova 9 Rio Yamada 10 Antoinette de Jong AUT NED RUS NED KAZ CHN NOR KAZ JPN NED Points 250 230 181 180 168 162 124 104 90 80 Points 320 250 205 164 145 120 110 109 107 104 Points 320 285 200 184 151 120 111 104 95 87 Men 500 m Points 1 Dai Dai Ntab 2 Piotr Michalski 3 Johann Jørgen Sæves 4 Kai Verbij 5 Armin Hager 6 Joel Dufter 7 Arvin Wijsman 8 Vasily Melnikov 9 Ignat Golovatyuk 10 Taro Kondo NED POL NOR NED AUT GER NED RUS BLR JPN 250 226 215 180 155 146 139 122 104 90 Points 244 220 208 200 153 131 118 105 100 100 Points 270 190 180 163 154 150 135 118 105 100 Mass Start Men 1 Armin Hager 2 Patrick Roest 3 Viktor Hald Thorup 4 Kai Verbij 5 Arvin Wijsman AUT NED DEN NED NED Points 290 254 197 170 155 17 Mass Start Ladies 1 Vanessa Bittner 2 Mei Han 3 Sanneke de Neeling 4 Nikola Zdráhalová 5 Yelizaveta Prokhorenko AUT CHN NED CZE KAZ Points 250 212 206 171 159 Ladies 1000 m 1 Melissa Wijfje 2 Sanneke de Neeling 3 Vanessa Bittner 4 Sofie Karoline Haugen 5 Nan Sun 6 Antoinette de Jong 7 Jade van der Molen 8 Aleksandra Kapruziak 9 Miki Fujimori 10 Aleksandra Kachurkina NED NED AUT NOR CHN NED NED POL JPN RUS Men 1000 m 1 Arvin Wijsman 2 Piotr Michalski 3 Joel Dufter 4 Kai Verbij 5 Armin Hager 6 Vasily Melnikov 7 Yiming Liu 8 Taro Kondo 9 Thijs Roozen 10 Stanislav Palkin NED POL GER NED AUT RUS CHN JPN NED KAZ Men Team Pursuit 1 Netherlands 2 Russia 3 Japan 4 Denmark 5 Germany Points 150 120 105 90 75 Ladies 1500 m 1 Melissa Wijfje NED NED NED NOR GER NED CHN GER POL JPN Men 1500 m 1 Patrick Roest 2 Arvin Wijsman 3 Kai Verbij 4 Armin Hager 5 Willem Hoolwerf 6 Taro Kondo 7 Yiming Liu 8 Sergey Trofimov 9 Shane Williamson NED NED NED AUT NED JPN CHN RUS JPN Ladies Team Pursuit 1 Netherlands 2 Norway 3 Japan 4 Germany 5 Russia Points 150 120 105 90 75 2 Sanneke de Neeling 3 Antoinette de Jong 4 Sofie Karoline Haugen 5 Leia Behlau 6 Jade van der Molen 7 Mei Han 8 Sophie Reinländer 9 Aleksandra Kapruziak 10 Ayano Sato 10 Magnus Myhren Kristensen NOR Ladies Team Spint 1 Netherlands 2 Germany 3 Russia 4 Poland 5 Kazakhstan Points 200 130 112 110 100 Ladies 3000 m 1 Melissa Wijfje 2 Yelizaveta Kazelina 3 Jade van der Molen 4 Antoinette de Jong 5 Sofie Karoline Haugen 6 Leia Behlau 7 Mei Han 8 Urszula Włodarczyk 9 Camilla Lund 10 Nikola Zdráhalová NED RUS NED NED NOR GER CHN POL NOR CZE Points 350 240 235 200 167 157 111 99 92 83 Men 3000 m 1 Patrick Roest 2 Nils van der Poel 3 Willem Hoolwerf 4 Daniil Semerikov 5 Yiming Liu 6 Viktor Hald Thorup 8 Shoya Ogawa 9 Linus Heidegger 10 Sergey Trofimov NED SWE NED RUS CHN DEN JPN AUT RUS Points 330 250 245 180 167 161 99 94 90 88 Men Team Spint 1 Netherlands 2 Austria 3 Sweden 4 Belarus 5 Norway Points 180 150 106 104 94 7 Magnus Myhren Kristensen NOR SHORT TRACK Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Ladies 500 m Gold Jianrou Li CHN ITA KOR CHN CHN Silver Arianna Fontana Bronze Seung-Hi Park 4 Qiuhong Liu Kexin Fan Time 43.486 43.405 43.392 43.478 43.288 Men 500 m Gold Victor An RUS CHN CAN CHN CHN Silver Dajing Wu Bronze Charle Cournoyer 4 5 Wenhao Liang Tianyu Han Time 41.063 40.846 40.945 41.221 41.151 Time 1:24.102 1:24.868 1:25.611 1:24.239 1:24.490 Time 2:14.480 2:15.055 2:15.062 2:15.624 2:15.626 Time 6:42.100 6:42.371 6:44.521 6:45.385 ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, January 17 - 19 2014, Dresden (GER) Ladies 1 2 3 4 5 Jorien Ter Mors Elise Christie Arianna Fontana Bernadett Heidum Tatiana Borodulina NED GBR ITA HUN RUS Points 107 63 52 37 37 Time 4:14.147 4:15.497 4:15.873 4:20.634 4:27.706 18 5 Ladies 1000 m Time Gold Seung-Hi Park KOR CHN KOR USA NED 1:30.182 1:29.380 1:29.356 1:30.399 1:29.119 Silver Kexin Fan Bronze Suk Hee Shim 4 5 Jessica Smith Jorien Ter Mors Men 1000 m Gold Victor An RUS RUS NED CHN CHN Silver Vladimir Grigorev Bronze Sjinkie Knegt 4 5 Dajing Wu Tianyu Han Ladies Relay 1 Netherlands 2 Great Britain 3 Hungary 4 Russia 5 Italy Ladies 1500 m Time Gold Yang Zhou CHN KOR ITA NED USA 2:18.825 2:18.966 2:19.336 2:19.382 2:22.641 Time 4:08.052 4:08.871 4:11.282 4:13.938 Silver Suk Hee Shim Bronze Arianna Fontana 4 5 Jorien Ter Mors Emily Scott Men 1500 m Gold Charles Hamelin CAN CHN RUS USA CHN Silver Tianyu Han Bronze Victor An 4 5 J.R. Celski Dequan Chen Men 1 2 3 4 5 Victor An Semen Elistratov Niels Kerstholt Vladimir Grigorev Freek van der Wart RUS RUS NED RUS NED Points 102 60 34 26 19 Time 6:45.803 6:46.072 6:48.313 7:08.946 Ladies Relay Gold Republic of Korea Silver Canada Bronze Italy 4 Russia Men Relay Gold Russia Silver United States Bronze China 4 Netherlands Men Relay 1 Russia 2 Netherlands 3 Germany 4 Italy From left to right : Jianrou Li (CHN), Suk Hee Shim (KOR) and Elise Christie (GBR) ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, March 7 - 9 2014, Erzurum (TUR) Ladies 1 2 3 4 5 Do Hee Noh Se Jung Ahn Minjeong Choi Sofia Prosvirnova Yutong Han KOR KOR KOR RUS CHN Points 89 68 68 42 34 Time 4:12.848 4:15.114 4:30.895 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, March 14 - 16 2014, Montréal (CAN) Ladies Overall 1 Suk Hee Shim 2 Seung-Hi Park 3 Valérie Maltais 4 Elise Christie 5 Jessica Smith KOR KOR CAN GBR USA Points 102 73 39 36 24 Men Overall 1 Victor An 2 J.R. Celski 3 Charles Hamelin 4 Dajing Wu 5 Se Yeong Park RUS USA CAN CHN KOR Points 63 55 48 42 34 19 Ladies Relay 1 Republic of Korea 2 Canada 3 China Ladies Relay Men 1 2 3 4 5 Munhyeon Lee Hyo Been Lee Sandor Liu Shaolin Samuel Girard Ziwei Ren KOR KOR HUN CAN CHN Points 76 71 68 50 21 Time 4:04.012 4:04.090 4:06.378 4:10.362 1 CHINA 2 CANADA 3 ITALY 4 Republic of Korea * Disqualify Time 4:10.062 4:11.568 4:32.654 PEN* Men Relay 1 Netherlands 2 Republic of Korea 3 Great Britain 4 Russia Time 6:52.618 6:52.651 6:52.716 6:52.904 Men Relay 1 China 2 Hungary 3 Japan 4 Republic of Korea Ladies 500 m 1 Seung-Hi PARK 2 Elise CHRISTIE 3 Kexin FAN KOR GBR CHN Time 42.792 42.870 42.942 Men 500 m 1 Dajing Wu 2 J.R. Celski 3 Charles Hamelin CHN USA CAN Time 40.526 40.582 40.623 Ladies 1000 m 1 Suk Hee Shim 2 Seung-Hi Park 3 Valérie Maltais KOR KOR CAN Time 1:30.488 1:30.597 1:30.690 Men 1000 m 1 Victor An 2 Sjinkie Knegt 3 Se Yeong Park RUS NED KOR Time 1:25.446 1:25.626 1:25.737 Ladies 1500 m 1 Suk Hee Shim 2 Alang Kim 3 Seung-Hi Park KOR KOR KOR Time 2:34.423 2:34.717 2:34.838 Men 1500 m 1 Charles Hamelin 2 Tianyu Han 3 Se Yeong Park CAN CHN KOR Time 2:15.049 2:15.138 2:15.262 Ladies 3000 m 1 Suk Hee Shim 2 Jessica Smith 3 Valérie Maltais KOR USA CAN Time 4:50.829 4:51.625 4:52.082 Men 3000 m 1 J.R. Celski 2 Jingnan Shi 3 Victor An USA CHN RUS Time 4:59.528 5:01.801 5:12.334 PAST MASTER BRIAN ORSER (CAN): BORN 1961 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Silver Medal 1984, 1988 ISU World Figure Skating Championships Men’s Gold 1987 Men’s Silver 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 Men’s Bronze 1983 Brian Orser first discovered success as a Figure Skater at the age of 16 when he became the Canadian novice champion. Orser went on to earn many medals and titles during his skating career including two time Olympic silver medalist, eight time Canadian Champion, 1987 World Champion and was the first man to land a triple axel at an Olympic Winter Games. In 2006, after a long career as a competitive skater, Orser turned his attention to coaching. Since 2009 he coaches at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club where he trained some of the best achieving skaters including 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold medalist Yuna Kim (KOR), Javier Fernández (ESP) 2013 and 2014 European Champion, 2014 Olympic and World Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) and Nam Nguyen (CAN) 2014 World Junior Champion. In 1985 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 1988. In 1990 he won an Emmy Award for his performance in Carmen on Ice. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1995 and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009.