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Shani Davis

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Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters

This is a brief note to point to an article about pro long track speedkating season. The one that matters to me, at least. No disrespect intended to the short track derby, but I like mostly non-contact sport contests of speed. The first turn of an F1 race is admittedly often an exception.

This weekend pro long track starts again, and TeamUSA has some experienced skaters leading up to the Olympics. Notably, Shani Davis, a great speedskater over the years, returns. Also Heather (Richardson) Bergsma, from High Point, NC, is back on the ice for another year always being a threat to win the gold. I don't know how or if I'll be able to catch this off the airwaves or streams, but might make an attempt. Former inliner Joey Mantia will also be on the team! 

Location

Thialf
Pim Mulierlaan 1
Heerenveen, Friesland 8443 DA
Netherlands
52° 56' 19.23" N, 5° 56' 35.5812" E
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Inzell Outdoor Ice Rink Now Indoors; Kia Speed Skating Academy; Sven Kramer Works Out; Havard Bokko Shani Davis 1500m

Alas, a place I wanted to visit no longer exists. Well, not as it was. See m earlier piece, Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race, for a photo of the beautiful outdoor 400m rink in Inzell. But of course, event planners usually don't like to depend on the weather if they don't have to, and an indoor rink probably gets a lot more use and provides a more consistent environment, but wow, what a beautiful place to skate that is now more like all the rest. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4AAdyYwlYI

 

Location

Eisstadion Inzell
Reichenhaller Straße 79
Inzell, Bayern 83334
Germany
47° 45' 9.072" N, 12° 45' 4.896" E
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Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race

 

Just some quick notes here to remind that the World Single Distance Championships are under way in speed skating (they seem to like to have several kinds of world championships, ha!), and the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race started yesterday with a team time trial. I followed the T2A (as we roadskaters might dub it) in past years and found it very entertaining, through territory reminiscent of the mountains of NC as I recall. 

Location

Ludwig-Schwabl-Stadion (Eisstadion Inzell) Inzell, Bayern
Germany
47° 45' 47.0484" N, 12° 44' 49.0488" E
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NC's Heather Richardson Big Winner in Speedskating; Shani Davis So Great We Notice When He Loses

Congratulations to Heather Richardson (from High Point, North Carolina) for a second 1k win in World Cup speedskating! Richardson won yesterday and today in the 1000 meters, and has taken the lead in the World Cup standings for the event as well.

500m First Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTvEBBQyvfU

500m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mqZwiVjU5U

1000m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iZQNr-RPE

Location

Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval Obihiro, Hokkaido
Japan
42° 53' 42.2412" N, 143° 8' 22.686" E
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Double Yes! Shani Davis USA Second World Record in 24 Hours (1000m), Marsicano Second Again

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.

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Yes! Shani Davis Sets World Record in 1500m ISU World Cup Long Track Race: Marsicano USA, Morrison CAN, Bokko NOR, Hedrick USA

Oh boy! Congratulations to Shani Davis for setting a new world record in Kearns, UT Friday. Davis surpassed the old record by a fifth of a second (plus a hundredth) to finish in 1:41:80. 

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Shani Davis Tops US World Cup Speed Skaters. Inliners Jennifer Rodriguez, Heather Richardson, Chad Hedrick Skating Well.

Here are a couple of articles in advance of the World Cup this weekend (Friday and Saturday, free admission!).

Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick are among the other top skaters who will compete in the final meet of the World Cup season, aiming to secure season titles -- Davis leads the circuit at both 1,000 and 1,500 meters -- and enjoy a springboard into the World Single Distance Championships next weekend in Vancouver as well as the upcoming Olympic year.  [sltrib.com]

Location

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