ISU World No. 53 May 2014
International Skating Union Official Newsletter.
INTERNATIONAL SKATING UNION OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER INSIDE • 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. NO 53 MAY 2014 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. 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 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. 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. ISU TECHNICAL COMMITTEES 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. 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. 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). Synchronized Skating 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 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. 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. 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. ISU WEBSITE : www.isu.org 3 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 4 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). 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 Meryl Davis / Charlie White (USA) 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). 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 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 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 8 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 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 Martina Sablikova (CZE) 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. 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. 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 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 WORLD JUNIOR 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. 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. WORLD ALLROUND CHAMPIONSHIPS The Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships were held in Heerenveen (NED) SHORT TRACK OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 10 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. 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) 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 11 FIGURE SKATING Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Ladies 12 Points Men Points Team Event Points Gold Adelina Sotnikova RUS 224.59 Gold Yuzuru Hanyu JPN 280.09 Gold Russia 75 Silver Yuna Kim KOR 219.11 Silver Patrick Chan CAN 275.62 Silver Canada 65 Bronze Carolina Kostner ITA 216.73 Bronze Denis Ten KAZ 255.10 Bronze United States 60 4 Gracie Gold USA 205.53 4 Javier Fernandez ESP 253.92 4 Italy 52 5 Yulia Lipnitskaya RUS 200.57 5 Tatsuki Machida JPN 253.42 5 Japan 51 Points Ice Dance Points Gold Pairs Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov RUS 236.86 Gold Meryl Davis / Charlie White USA 195.52 Silver Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov RUS 218.68 Silver Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir CAN 190.99 Bronze Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy GER 215.78 Bronze Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov RUS 183.48 4 Qing Pang / Jian Tong CHN 209.88 4 Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat FRA 177.22 5 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch CAN 202.10 5 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev RUS 172.92 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, January 13 - 19 2014, Budapest (HUN) Ladies Points Men Points 1 Julia Lipnitskaia RUS 209.72 1 Javier Fernandez ESP 267.11 1 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov RUS 220.38 2 Adelina Sotnikova RUS 202.36 2 Sergei Voronov RUS 252.55 2 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov RUS 207.98 3 Carolina Kostner ITA 191.39 3 Konstantin Menshov RUS 237.24 3 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov RUS 201.61 4 Alena Leonova RUS 178.15 4 Michal Brezina CZE 236.98 4 Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek ITA 5 Mae Berenice Meite FRA 173.37 5 Maxim Kovtun RUS 232.37 5 Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres FRA 185.48 6 Valentina Marchei ITA 165.25 6 Peter Liebers GER 225.76 6 Maylin Wende / Daniel Wende GER 168.32 7 Elena Glebova EST 155.71 7 Tomas Verner CZE 223.66 7 Andrea Davidovich / Evgeni Krasnopolski ISR 163.93 8 Nathalie Weinzierl GER 151.88 8 Brian Joubert FRA 221.95 8 Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise ITA 154.55 9 Joshi Helgesson SWE 146.45 9 Jorik Hendrickx BEL 205.92 9 Mari Vartmann / Aaron Van Cleave GER 153.21 10 Elene Gedevanishvili GEO 141.82 10 Alexei Bychenko ISR 10 Natalja Zabijako / Alexandr Zaboev EST 149.82 203.76 Pairs Points 195.61 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, January 20 - 26 2014, Taipei City (TPE) Ladies Points Men Points Pairs Points 1 Kanako Murakami JPN 196.91 1 Takahito Mura JPN 242.56 1 Wenjing Sui / Cong Han CHN 212.40 2 Satoko Miyahara JPN 186.53 2 Takahiko Kozuka JPN 236.38 3 Zijun Li CHN 181.56 3 Nan Song CHN 236.09 2 Tarah Kayne / Daniel O Shea USA 181.45 4 Haruka Imai JPN 175.40 4 Denis Ten KAZ 226.37 3 Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim USA 170.35 5 Courtney Hicks USA 169.99 5 Richard Dornbush USA 224.44 6 Hae Jin Kim KOR 166.84 6 Joshua Farris USA 221.00 4 Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier USA 167.10 7 Alaine Chartrand CAN 165.19 7 Jinlin Guan CHN 214.26 5 Natasha Purich / Mervin Tran CAN 147.80 8 Samantha Cesario USA 164.87 8 Adam Rippon USA 213.20 6 Margaret Purdy / Michael Marinaro CAN 139.99 9 So Youn Park KOR 162.71 9 Jeremy Ten CAN 208.51 10 Mirai Nagasu USA 159.78 10 Nam Nguyen CAN 204.69 7 Wenting Wang / Yan Zhang CHN 139.95 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, March 10 - 16 2014, Sofia, (BUL) Ladies Points Men Points Pairs Points 1 Elena Radionova RUS 194.29 1 Nam Nguyen CAN 217.06 1 Xiaoyu Yu / Yang Jin 2 Serafima Sakhanovich RUS 182.13 2 Adian Pitkeev RUS 212.51 2 Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov RUS 168.20 CHN 173.77 3 Evgenia Medvedeva RUS 178.43 3 Nathan Chen USA 212.03 3 Maria Vigalova / Egor Zakroev RUS 152.48 4 Satoko Miyahara JPN 177.69 4 Alexander Petrov RUS 210.03 4 Vasilisa Davankova / Andrei Deputat RUS 150.67 5 Alaine Chartrand CAN 164.35 5 Shoma Uno JPN 206.50 5 Madeline Aaron / Max Settlage USA 144.91 6 Da Bin Choi KOR 162.35 6 Boyang Jin CHN 203.64 6 Mary Orr / Phelan Simpson CAN 132.02 7 Amber Glenn USA 158.88 7 Keiji Tanaka JPN 192.76 7 Tara Hancherow / Wesley Killing CAN 128.68 8 Rika Hongo JPN 157.88 8 Deniss Vasiljevs LAT 189.33 8 Alessandra Cernuschi / Filippo Ambrosini ITA 9 Karen Chen USA 155.83 9 Jordan Moeller USA 188.14 9 Kaitlin Budd / Nikita Cheban USA 117.36 10 Na Hyun Kim KOR 144.21 10 Petr Coufal CZE 182.28 10 Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar CZE 113.85 123.95 SYNCHRONIZED SKATING Team Finland 1 Ice Dance Points 1 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte ITA 171.61 2 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov RUS 170.51 3 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland GBR 158.69 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 Teams Points 1 Team Finland 1 173.77 2 Team Canada 1 170.89 3 Team Finland 2 167.63 4 Team Sweden 1 157.86 5 Team Canada 2 155.37 6 Team Russia 1 149.63 7 Team USA 1 133.85 8 Team Russia 2 133.80 9 Team Germany 120.82 10 Team USA 2 117.75 11 Team Italy 116.50 12 Team Sweden 2 115.14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 13 Team France 98.09 14 Team Great Britain 93.16 15 Team Czec Republic 91.56 4 Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS 153.73 5 Ekaterina Riazanova / Ilia Tkachenko RUS 150.44 16 Team Switzerland 88.81 6 Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov AZE 147.78 17 Team Austria 58.95 7 Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi GER 145.37 18 Team Hungary 57.01 8 Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri ITA 19 Team Belgium 52.66 9 Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniunas LTU 142.31 10 Sara Hurtado / Adria Diaz ESP 137.58 144.40 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 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 24 - 30 2014, Saitama (JPN) Ice Dance Points 1 Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue USA 158.25 Ladies Points Men Points 1 Mao Asada JPN 216.69 1 Yuzuru Hanyu JPN 282.59 2 Julia Lipnitskaia RUS 207.50 2 Tatsuki Machida JPN 282.26 2 Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier CAN 153.71 3 Carolina Kostner ITA 203.83 3 Javier Fernandez ESP 275.93 3 Alexandra Aldridge / Daniel Eaton USA 144.95 4 Anna Pogorilaya RUS 197.50 4 Maxim Kovtun RUS 247.37 4 Kharis Ralph / Asher Hill CAN 137.03 5 Gracie Gold USA 194.58 5 Jeremy Abbott USA 246.35 5 Nicole Orford / Thomas Williams CAN 133.42 6 Akiko Suzuki JPN 193.72 6 Takahiko Kozuka JPN 238.02 7 Ashley Wagner USA 193.16 7 Han Yan CHN 231.91 8 Polina Edmunds USA 187.50 8 Max Aaron USA 225.66 6 Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt USA 130.05 7 Danielle Obrien / Gregory Merriman AUS 121.44 8 Yiyi Zhang / Nan Wu CHN 116.34 9 Shiyue Wang / Xinyu Liu CHN 115.66 9 So Youn Park KOR 176.61 9 Chafik Besseghier FRA 224.19 10 Yura Min / Timothy Koleto KOR 111.23 10 Kanako Murakami JPN 172.44 10 Tomas Verner CZE 223.14 Pairs Points Ice Dance Points 1 Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy GER 224.88 1 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte ITA 175.43 Ice Dance Points 2 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov RUS 215.92 2 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje CAN 175.41 1 Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker USA 157.12 2 Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov RUS 155.16 3 Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford CAN 210.84 3 Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat FRA 175.37 3 Madeline Edwards / Zhao Kai Pang CAN 139.65 4 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch CAN 205.52 4 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov RUS 174.38 4 Lorraine Mcnamara / Quinn Carpenter USA 138.53 5 Cheng Peng / Hao Zhang CHN 194.83 5 Madison Chock / Evan Bates USA 167.59 5 Alexandra Nazarova / Maxim Nikitin UKR 134.65 6 Wenjing Sui / Cong Han CHN 192.10 6 Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani USA 158.57 6 Rebeka Kim / Kirill Minov KOR 133.35 7 Betina Popova / Yuri Vlasenko RUS 132.47 7 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov RUS 189.44 7 Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS 155.35 8 Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons USA 131.82 8 Julia Antipova / Nodari Maisuradze RUS 186.22 8 Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier CAN 153.86 9 Evgenia Kosigina / Nikolai Moroshkin RUS 126.72 9 Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek ITA 9 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland GBR 153.66 10 Olivia Smart / Joseph Buckland GBR 121.01 10 Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres FRA 183.90 10 Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam CAN 148.76 184.28 13 SPEED SKATING Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Men 500 m combined times Ladies 500 m combined times Michel Mulder NED 1:09.312 Gold Sang Hwa Lee KOR 1:14.70 Ladies Points Silver Jan Smeekens NED 1:09.324 Silver Olga Fatkulina RUS 1:15.06 1 Ireen Wüst NED 159.736 Bronze Ronald Mulder NED 1:09.460 Bronze Margot Boer NED 1:15.48 2 Yvonne Nauta NED 162.253 3 Martina Sábliková CZE 162.559 4 Diane Valkenburg NED 163.120 5 Yuliya Skokova RUS 163.605 Gold 14 Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships, January 11 - 12 2014, Hamar (NOR) 4 Mo Tae Bum KOR 1:09.690 4 Hong Zhang CHN 1:15.58 5 Joji Kato JPN 1:09.740 5 Nao Kodaira JPN 1:15.61 Men 1000 m Time Ladies 1000 m Time Stefan Groothuis NED 1:08.39 Gold Hong Zhang CHN 1:14.02 Silver Denny Morrison CAN 1:08.43 Silver Ireen Wust NED 1:14.69 Bronze Michel Mulder NED 1:08.74 Bronze Margot Boer NED 1:14.90 4 Nico Ihle GER 1:08.86 4 Olga Fatkulina RUS 1:15.08 5 Samuel Schwarz GER 1:08.89 5 Lotte Van Beek NED 1:15.10 Gold Men 1500 m Gold Zbigniew Brodka Time Ladies 1500 m Time Men Points 1 Jan Blokhuijsen NED 149.196 2 Koen Verweij NED 149.251 3 Håvard Bøkko NOR 149.894 POL 1:45.006 Gold Jorien Ter Mors NED 1:53.51 Silver Koen Verweij NED 1:45.009 Silver Ireen Wust NED 1:54.09 4 Bart Swings BEL 150.272 Bronze Denny Morrison CAN 1:45.220 Bronze Lotte Van Beek NED 1:54.54 5 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR 150.302 4 Denis Yuskov RUS 1:45.370 4 Marrit Leenstra NED 1:56.40 5 Mark Tuitert NED 1:45.420 5 Yuliya Skokova RUS 1:56.45 Men 5000 m Time Ladies 3000 m Time Gold Sven Kramer NED 6:10.76 Gold Ireen Wust NED 4:00.34 Silver Jan Blokhuijsen NED 6:15.71 Silver Martina Sablikova CZE 4:01.95 Bronze Jorrit Bergsma NED 6:16.66 Bronze Olga Graf RUS 4:03.47 4 Bart Swings BEL 6:17.79 4 Claudia Pechstein GER 4:05.26 5 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR 6:18.84 5 Annouk Van Der Weijden NED 4:05.75 Ladies 5000 m Time Men 10000 m Time Gold Jorrit Bergsma NED 12:44.45 Gold Martina Sablikova CZE 6:51.54 Silver Sven Kramer NED 12:49.02 Silver Ireen Wust NED 6:54.28 Bronze Bob De Jong NED 13:07.19 Bronze Carien Kleibeuker NED 6:55.66 4 Seung Hoon Lee KOR 13:11.68 4 Olga Graf RUS 6:55.77 5 Bart Swings BEL 13:13.99 5 Claudia Pechstein GER 6:58.39 Team Pursuit Men Gold Time Team Pursuit Ladies Ladies Points 1 Jing Yu CHN 151.275 2 Hong Zhang CHN 151.705 3 Heather Richardson USA 151.790 4 Margot Boer NED 151.865 5 Nao Kodaira JPN 153.505 Men Points 1 Michel Mulder NED 139.885 2 Shani Davis USA 140.600 3 Daniel Greig AUS 140.715 4 Denis Kuzin KAZ 141.005 5 Kjeld Nuis NED 141.205 Time Netherlands 3:37.71 Gold Netherlands 2:58.05 Silver Republic of Korea 3:40.85 Silver Poland 3:05.55 Bronze Poland 3:41.94 Bronze Russia 2:59.73 4 Canada 3:44.27 4 Japan 3:02.57 5 Norway 3:44.91 5 3:02.04 Canada Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, January 18 - 19 2014, Nagano (JPN) Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Final Standings Ladies Overall Ranking Points Men Overall Ranking Points 1 Heather Richardson USA 108.25 1 Shani Davis USA 95.50 2 Ireen Wüst NED 99.00 2 Koen Verweij NED 67.50 3 Brittany Bowe USA 82.50 3 Jorrit Bergsma NED 50.00 4 Olga Fatkulina RUS 75.50 4 Michel Mulder NED 49.25 5 Lotte van Beek NED 67.50 5 Denis Yuskov RUS 43.00 Ladies 500 m Points Ladies Team Pursuit Points 1 Netherlands 450 2 Poland 315 3 Japan 285 4 Canada 280 5 Republic of Korea 160 Men 500 m Points 6 Russia 155 1 Olga Fatkulina RUS 960 1 Ronald Mulder NED 782 7 USA 150 2 Heather Richardson USA 915 2 Michel Mulder NED 728 8 Norway 110 3 Jenny Wolf GER 803 3 Jan Smeekens NED 655 9 China 85 4 Sang-Hwa Lee KOR 700 4 Tae-Bum Mo KOR 527 10 Germany 72 5 Nao Kodaira JPN 637 5 Artyom Kuznetsov RUS 471 6 Margot Boer NED 493 6 Gilmore Junio CAN 457 7 Beixing Wang CHN 430 7 Jesper Hospes NED 442 8 Thijsje Oenema NED 401 8 Tucker Fredricks USA 440 1 Francesca Lollobrigida ITA 200 9 Judith Hesse GER 360 9 Dmitry Lobkov RUS 428 2 Irene Schouten NED 190 10 Miyako Sumiyoshi JPN 314 10 Nico Ihle GER 425 3 Janneke Ensing NED 155 4 Ivanie Blondin CAN 150 5 Mariska Huisman NED 150 6 Claudia Pechstein GER 145 Ladies 1000 m Points Men 1000 m Points Mass Start Ladies Points 1 Heather Richardson USA 555 1 Shani Davis USA 590 2 Brittany Bowe USA 500 2 Denny Morrison CAN 344 3 Olga Fatkulina RUS 352 3 Kjeld Nuis NED 305 7 Maria Lamb USA 80 BEL 68 4 Lotte van Beek NED 313 4 Michel Mulder NED 300 8 Jelena Peeters 5 Margot Boer NED 311 5 Koen Verweij NED 253 9 Masako Hozumi JPN 68 6 Ireen Wüst NED 260 6 Brian Hansen USA 246 10 Saskia Alusalu EST 28 7 Karolina Erbanová CZE 185 7 Denis Kuzin KAZ 207 8 Yuliya Skokova RUS 159 8 Stefan Groothuis NED 193 9 Nao Kodaira JPN 156 9 Tae-Bum Mo KOR 173 10 Sang-Hwa Lee KOR 155 10 Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen NOR 173 Ladies 1500 m Points Men 1500 m Points Men Team Pursuit Points 1 Netherlands 450 2 USA 280 1 Ireen Wüst NED 530 1 Koen Verweij NED 440 3 Norway 270 2 Lotte van Beek NED 430 2 Denis Yuskov RUS 430 USA 389 USA 401 265 3 Brittany Bowe 3 Shani Davis 4 Poland 4 Yuliya Skokova RUS 343 4 Zbigniew Brodka POL 386 5 Republic of Korea 220 5 Marrit Leenstra NED 242 5 Brian Hansen USA 245 6 Canada 135 6 Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus POL 215 6 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR 214 7 Germany 120 7 Yekaterina Lobysheva RUS 204 7 Denny Morrison CAN 210 8 France 120 8 Ida Njåtun NOR 181 8 Mark Tuitert NED 186 9 Russia 120 9 Olga Graf RUS 165 9 Konrad Niedzwiedzki POL 186 10 Monique Angermüller GER 155 10 Kjeld Nuis NED 183 Men 5000 m / 10000 m 1 Martina Sábliková CZE 550 1 Jorrit Bergsma NED 500 2 Claudia Pechstein GER 416 2 Patrick Beckert GER 311 3 Yvonne Nauta NED 326 3 Sven Kramer NED 300 4 Olga Graf RUS 274 4 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR 265 5 Jorien Voorhuis NED 245 5 Jan Blokhuijsen NED 263 6 Ireen Wüst NED 240 6 Douwe de Vries NED 244 7 Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus POL 237 7 Seung-Hoon Lee KOR NED 225 8 Aleksandr Rumyantsev RUS 90 Mass Start Men Ladies 3000 m / 5000 m Points 8 Antoinette de Jong 10 Italy Points Points 1 Bob de Vries NED 220 2 Arjan Stroetinga NED 175 3 Bart Swings BEL 170 4 Maarten Swings BEL 148 5 Bram Smallenbroek AUT 123 6 Christijn Groeneveld NED 105 230 7 Patrick Meek USA 90 213 8 Andrea Giovannini ITA 72 GER 56 USA 45 9 Annouk van der Weijden NED 224 9 Bob de Jong NED 206 9 Felix Rijhnen 10 Ida Njåtun NOR 221 10 Bart Swings BEL 198 10 Brian Hansen 15 SPEED SKATING ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, March 7 - 9 2013, Bjugn (NOR) Ladies Allround 16 Points Ladies 500 m combined times Ladies 1000 m Time 1 Antoinette de Jong NED 162.970 1 Vanessa Bittner AUT 1:19.680 1 Antoinette de Jong NED 1:18.82 2 Melissa Wijfje NED 163.929 2 Antoinette de Jong NED 1:20.730 2 Melissa Wijfje NED 1:19.46 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 166.453 3 Bente van den Berge NED 1:20.960 3 Sanneke de Neeling NED 1:20.51 4 Sanneke de Neeling NED 167.342 4 Min-Sun Kim KOR 1:21.160 4 Vanessa Bittner AUT 1:20.70 5 Cho-Won Park KOR 168.461 5 Yeon-Joo Chang KOR 1:21.320 5 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 1:20.94 Ladies 1500 m Time Ladies 3000 m Time Ladies Team Pursuit Time 1 Melissa Wijfje NED 2:00.65 1 Antoinette de Jong NED 4:16.74 1 Team Netherlands 3:11.09 2 Antoinette de Jong NED 2:01.71 2 Melissa Wijfje NED 4:19.22 2 Team Republic of Korea 3:18.89 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 2:03.97 3 Jade van der Molen NED 4:21.39 3 Team Japan 3:20.73 4 Cho-Won Park KOR 2:04.25 4 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 4:24.90 4 Team Russia 3:23.48 5 Sanneke de Neeling NED 2:04.37 5 Cho-Won Park KOR 4:24.96 Men Allround Points Men 500 m combined times Men 1000 m Time 1 Patrick Roest NED 154.723 1 Kai Verbij NED 1:13.01 1 Kai Verbij NED 1:12.40 2 Willem Hoolwerf NED 155.571 2 Takuya Goto JPN 1:13.42 2 Armin Hager AUT 1:13.01 3 Emery Lehman USA 155.808 3 Dai Dai Ntab NED 1:13.57 3 Taro Kondo JPN 1:13.38 4 Fan Yang CHN 155.878 4 Seung-Yong Yang KOR 1:13.95 4 Joel Dufter GER 1:13.54 5 Min-Seok Kim KOR 156.415 5 Piotr Michalski POL 1:14.02 5 Vasily Melnikov RUS 1:13.89 Men 1500 m Time Men 3000 m Time Men Team Pursuit Time 1 Fan Yang CHN 1:51.87 1 Patrick Roest NED 3:52.05 1 Team Republic of Korea 4:01.42 2 Kai Verbij NED 1:52.74 2 Willem Hoolwerf NED 3:54.06 2 Team Japan 4:02.05 3 Patrick Roest NED 1:53.01 3 Emery Lehman USA 3:55.31 3 Team China 4:02.59 4 Min-Seok Kim KOR 1:53.24 4 Nils van der Poel SWE 3:56.32 4 Team Netherlands 4:07.46 5 Taro Kondo JPN 1:53.28 5 Min-Seok Kim KOR 3:57.02 Men 5000 m Time 1 Nils van der Poel SWE 6:41.29 2 Patrick Roest NED 6:43.88 3 Emery Lehman USA 6:43.97 4 Willem Hoolwerf NED 6:46.41 5 Min-Seok Kim KOR 6:51.86 Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships, March 22 - 23 2014, Heerenveen (NED) Ladies Points Men Points 1 Ireen Wüst NED 158.615 1 Koen Verweij NED 149.365 2 Olga Graf RUS 161.315 2 Jan Blokhuijsen NED 149.600 3 Yvonne Nauta NED 162.488 3 Denis Yuskov RUS 150.03 4 Yuliya Skokova RUS 162.946 4 Sverre Lunde Pedersen NOR 151.217 5 Diane Valkenburg NED 163.275 5 Bart Swings BEL 151.519 ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating – Final Standings Ladies 500 m Points Men 500 m Points Mass Start Men Points 1 Vanessa Bittner AUT 250 1 Dai Dai Ntab NED 250 1 Armin Hager AUT 290 2 Bente van den Berge NED 230 2 Piotr Michalski POL 226 2 Patrick Roest NED 254 3 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 181 3 Johann Jørgen Sæves NOR 215 3 Viktor Hald Thorup DEN 197 4 Sanneke de Neeling NED 180 4 Kai Verbij NED 180 4 Kai Verbij NED 170 5 Alyona Stapstova KAZ 168 5 Armin Hager AUT 155 5 Arvin Wijsman NED 155 6 Nan Sun CHN 162 6 Joel Dufter GER 146 7 Martine Ripsrud NOR 124 7 Arvin Wijsman NED 139 Mass Start Ladies Points 8 Mariya Sizova KAZ 104 8 Vasily Melnikov RUS 122 1 Vanessa Bittner AUT 250 104 2 Mei Han CHN 212 3 Sanneke de Neeling NED 206 4 Nikola Zdráhalová CZE 171 5 Yelizaveta Prokhorenko KAZ 159 9 Rio Yamada JPN 10 Antoinette de Jong NED Ladies 1000 m 90 80 Points 9 Ignat Golovatyuk 10 Taro Kondo BLR JPN Men 1000 m 90 Points 1 Melissa Wijfje NED 320 1 Arvin Wijsman NED 244 2 Sanneke de Neeling NED 250 2 Piotr Michalski POL 220 3 Vanessa Bittner AUT 205 3 Joel Dufter GER 208 4 Sofie Karoline Haugen NOR 164 4 Kai Verbij NED 200 5 Nan Sun CHN 145 5 Armin Hager AUT 153 Men Team Pursuit 6 Antoinette de Jong NED 120 6 Vasily Melnikov RUS 131 1 Netherlands 150 118 2 Russia 120 3 Japan 105 7 Jade van der Molen NED 110 7 Yiming Liu CHN 8 Aleksandra Kapruziak POL 109 8 Taro Kondo JPN 105 9 Miki Fujimori JPN 107 9 Thijs Roozen NED 100 10 Aleksandra Kachurkina RUS 104 10 Stanislav Palkin KAZ 100 Ladies 1500 m 1 Melissa Wijfje NED Points 320 Men 1500 m 1 Patrick Roest NED Points 75 Ladies Team Pursuit Points 150 2 Norway 120 3 Japan 105 285 2 Arvin Wijsman NED 190 3 Antoinette de Jong NED 200 3 Kai Verbij NED 180 4 Sofie Karoline Haugen NOR 184 4 Armin Hager AUT 163 5 Leia Behlau GER 151 5 Willem Hoolwerf NED 154 6 Jade van der Molen NED 120 6 Taro Kondo JPN 150 7 Mei Han CHN 111 7 Yiming Liu CHN 135 8 Sophie Reinländer GER 104 8 Sergey Trofimov RUS 118 9 Aleksandra Kapruziak POL 95 9 Shane Williamson JPN 105 10 Ayano Sato JPN 87 10 Magnus Myhren Kristensen NOR 100 Men 3000 m 90 5 Germany 270 NED Points 4 Denmark 1 Netherlands 2 Sanneke de Neeling Ladies 3000 m Points Points 4 Germany 90 5 Russia 75 Ladies Team Spint Points 1 Netherlands 200 2 Germany 130 1 Melissa Wijfje NED 350 1 Patrick Roest NED 330 3 Russia 112 2 Yelizaveta Kazelina RUS 240 2 Nils van der Poel SWE 250 4 Poland 110 5 Kazakhstan 100 3 Jade van der Molen NED 235 3 Willem Hoolwerf NED 245 4 Antoinette de Jong NED 200 4 Daniil Semerikov RUS 180 5 Sofie Karoline Haugen NOR 167 5 Yiming Liu CHN 167 6 Leia Behlau GER 157 6 Viktor Hald Thorup DEN 161 7 Mei Han CHN 111 7 Magnus Myhren Kristensen NOR 99 8 Urszula Włodarczyk POL 99 8 Shoya Ogawa JPN 94 9 Camilla Lund NOR 92 9 Linus Heidegger AUT 10 Nikola Zdráhalová CZE 83 10 Sergey Trofimov RUS Men Team Spint Points 1 Netherlands 180 2 Austria 150 3 Sweden 106 90 4 Belarus 104 88 5 Norway 94 17 SHORT TRACK Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Ladies 500 m Gold 18 Time Men 500 m Jianrou Li CHN 43.486 Gold Silver Arianna Fontana ITA 43.405 Bronze Seung-Hi Park KOR 4 Qiuhong Liu 5 Kexin Fan RUS 41.063 Ladies Silver Dajing Wu CHN 40.846 43.392 Bronze Charle Cournoyer CAN 40.945 1 Jorien Ter Mors NED 107 CHN 43.478 2 Elise Christie GBR 63 4 Wenhao Liang CHN 41.221 3 Arianna Fontana ITA 52 CHN 43.288 5 Tianyu Han CHN 41.151 4 Bernadett Heidum HUN 37 5 Tatiana Borodulina RUS 37 Victor An Ladies 1000 m Time Men 1000 m Gold Gold Seung-Hi Park KOR 1:30.182 Silver Kexin Fan CHN 1:29.380 Silver Vladimir Grigorev Bronze Suk Hee Shim KOR 1:29.356 Bronze Sjinkie Knegt 4 Jessica Smith USA 1:30.399 5 Jorien Ter Mors NED 1:29.119 4 5 Victor An Dajing Wu Tianyu Han RUS 1:24.868 1 Netherlands 4:14.147 NED 1:25.611 2 4:15.497 1:24.239 3 Hungary 4:15.873 1:24.490 4 Russia 4:20.634 5 Italy 4:27.706 CHN CHN Men 1500 m 2:18.825 Gold Silver Suk Hee Shim KOR 2:18.966 Bronze Arianna Fontana ITA Charles Hamelin Time Ladies Relay Ladies 1500 m Time CHN 2:14.480 Silver Tianyu Han CHN 2:15.055 2:19.336 Bronze Victor An RUS 2:15.062 Jorien Ter Mors NED 2:19.382 4 J.R. Celski USA 2:15.624 5 Emily Scott USA 2:22.641 5 Dequan Chen CHN 2:15.626 Time Men Relay Time Gold Republic of Korea 4:08.052 Gold Russia 6:42.100 Silver Canada 4:08.871 Silver United States 6:42.371 Bronze Italy 4:11.282 Bronze China 6:44.521 4 Russia 4:13.938 4 Netherlands 6:45.385 From left to right : Jianrou Li (CHN), Suk Hee Shim (KOR) and Elise Christie (GBR) Great Britain Time Time CAN 4 Ladies Relay Points 1:24.102 RUS Gold Yang Zhou Time ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, January 17 - 19 2014, Dresden (GER) Men Points 1 Victor An RUS 102 2 Semen Elistratov RUS 60 3 Niels Kerstholt NED 34 4 Vladimir Grigorev RUS 26 5 Freek van der Wart NED 19 Men Relay Time 1 Russia 6:45.803 2 Netherlands 6:46.072 3 Germany 6:48.313 4 Italy 7:08.946 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, March 14 - 16 2014, Montréal (CAN) ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, March 7 - 9 2014, Erzurum (TUR) Ladies Points 1 Do Hee Noh KOR 89 2 Se Jung Ahn KOR 68 3 Minjeong Choi KOR 4 Sofia Prosvirnova 5 Yutong Han 1 Victor An RUS 63 68 2 Seung-Hi Park KOR 73 2 J.R. Celski USA 55 RUS 42 3 Valérie Maltais CAN 39 3 Charles Hamelin CAN 48 CHN 34 4 Elise Christie GBR 36 4 Dajing Wu CHN 42 5 Jessica Smith USA 24 5 Se Yeong Park KOR 34 Time Republic of Korea 4:12.848 4:15.114 4:30.895 Time Men Relay Time 1 CHINA 4:10.062 1 Netherlands 6:52.618 2 CANADA 4:11.568 2 Republic of Korea 6:52.651 4:32.654 3 Great Britain 6:52.716 PEN* 4 Russia 6:52.904 Time Men 500 m Time Ladies Relay Men Points 1 Munhyeon Lee KOR 76 2 Hyo Been Lee KOR 71 3 Sandor Liu Shaolin HUN 68 3 ITALY 4 Samuel Girard CAN 50 4 Republic of Korea 5 Ziwei Ren CHN 21 * Disqualify Time 1 China 4:04.012 2 Hungary 4:04.090 3 Japan 4:06.378 Republic of Korea Points 102 3 China 4 Men Overall KOR 2 Canada Men Relay Points 1 Suk Hee Shim Ladies Relay 1 Ladies Overall 4:10.362 Ladies 500 m 1 Seung-Hi PARK KOR 42.792 1 Dajing Wu CHN 40.526 2 Elise CHRISTIE GBR 42.870 2 J.R. Celski USA 40.582 3 Kexin FAN CHN 42.942 3 Charles Hamelin CAN 40.623 Ladies 1000 m Time Men 1000 m Time 1 Suk Hee Shim KOR 1:30.488 1 Victor An RUS 1:25.446 2 Seung-Hi Park KOR 1:30.597 2 Sjinkie Knegt NED 1:25.626 3 Valérie Maltais CAN 1:30.690 3 Se Yeong Park KOR 1:25.737 Ladies 1500 m Time Men 1500 m Time 1 Suk Hee Shim KOR 2:34.423 1 Charles Hamelin CAN 2:15.049 2 Alang Kim KOR 2:34.717 2 Tianyu Han CHN 2:15.138 3 Seung-Hi Park KOR 2:34.838 3 Se Yeong Park KOR 2:15.262 Ladies 3000 m Time Men 3000 m Time 1 Suk Hee Shim KOR 4:50.829 1 J.R. Celski USA 4:59.528 2 Jessica Smith USA 4:51.625 2 Jingnan Shi CHN 5:01.801 3 Valérie Maltais CAN 4:52.082 3 Victor An RUS 5:12.334 19 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.