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Double Yes! Shani Davis USA Second World Record in 24 Hours (1000m), Marsicano Second Again

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Yay! I can't wait to see some of this racing. Things are looking good for next year's Olympics! This is from a good piece worth a look below...

Speedskater Trevor Marsicano had never skated especially fast in the 1,000 meters, by international racing standards. His best time ranked only modestly inside the top 100 of all-time.

So when the 19-year-old who switched from short-track only two years ago tore more than two full seconds off his previous best and broke the world record in 1:06.88 at the World Cup finale at the Utah Olympic Oval on Saturday, just about everybody was stunned.

"I didn't know what to think," teammate Shani Davis said. "I was scared. I was like, 'Oh, my gosh,' because he didn't skate 1:07, ever. He went straight to 1:06."

But even Marsicano knew his record might not last long. 

Eebee and I were on our way out to skate. I had been looking at the skating data from the website that had USA blocked for video. One after another skater came through 600m faster, but wore down over time. Then Davis took it...but we didn't know it due to a glitch! Suddenly we saw the women skaters' data showing up and we know the men were finished. Arrgh! But here's what happened...

The 26-year-old Davis did better than that, shearing nearly another half-second off the record to finish in 1:06.42 and reclaim the mark he had held until Finland's Pekka Koskela skated 1:07.00 here two years ago. It was the second world record in two days for Davis, who reclaimed the 1,500 mark on Friday and reasserted his dominance in the sport's middle distances.

"Now I have both of my -- my -- world records back," he said. "The 1,000 meters and the 1,500 meters are my favorite races, and I want to be able to hold a piece of those races. So now, put my name back on the board" in the lobby of the oval that displays world-record holders. "Every time I come here in the summertime, I can look up and see t

 Sweet!

 

 

USA's Davis, Marsicano shred another speedskating world record - Salt Lake Tribune -


Washington Post

USA's Davis, Marsicano shred another speedskating world record
Salt Lake Tribune, United States
By Michael C. Lewis Kearns » Speedskater Trevor Marsicano had never skated especially fast in the 1000 meters, by international racing standards. His best time ranked only modestly inside the top 100 of all-time. So when the 19-year-old who switched ...
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Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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