On the second day of the first World Cup in Calgary Heather Richardson-Bergsma and Brittany Bowe (both USA) skated a new world record on the 1,000m. That’s a perfect start into the season. At first Bowe has improved the record in 1.12,54 minutes. But in the next race Richardson improved the record again in 1.12,51 minutes. Third place went to Chinese Hong Zhang (CHN) in 1.12,65 minutes. The Germans Gabriele Hirschbichler skated on rank 14 and Roxanne Dufter on rank 16.
In the course of a change in the contract there is still no agreement between the DESG and the 19-times World championship winner and Olympic champion Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann. Several medias have cited a statement of DESG president Gerd Heinze to the dpa: “There is no couch position in Erfurt for Gunda.[…]”. The financial insecurity doesn’t authorizes the DESG to guarantee her a permanent position more than to the year 2018.
Patrick Beckert has established a new German national record over 3000m during the Time Trials in Calgary. In a time of 3.37,31 minutes he stayed 2.4 seconds behind the old record, that he had also established in February 2015 in Calgary.
During this weekend at the German Single Distance Championships 2016 the first German athletes solved their tickets to participate in the World Cup of the current season: Gabriele Hirschbichler (1000m), Claudia Pechstein, Stephanie Beckert and Bente Kraus (3000m), Nico Ihle, Joel Dufter and Hubert Hirschbichler (1000m) and Patrick Beckert (5000m).
The SID has just announced that Jenny Wolf starts a new speed skating coaching career. The 36-year-old women from Berlin and former 500m world record holder began her education in Inzell. “I have seen after the Olympics in Sochi that the Association will change. I wanted to be a part of it and contribute something”, Jenny Wolf told the SID.Jenny’s choice to Inzell has been made after her husband became a job in the Bavarian region.
After Denny Ihle has been injured and has to stop for min. 6 months, it has now also taken Isabell Ost shortly before the start of the season. The skater from Berlin injured during hurdle jumping in training her foot. She said to SSN: “I will be supported by a great team at the Charité and the OSP and hope to start again at the Championships”. The Championships will be held in late October. We wish a speedy recovery!
After Samuel Schwarz isn’t optimally recovered from his surgery, the german sprinter Denny Ihle has been injured now. The mam from Chemnitz suffered during playing football a multiple torn ligaments and has to stop for at least 6 months completely. But in his own words: “I am a fighter and I will come back”. A more detailed report can be found here.
Today the DEC Inzell has announced that due to health reasons the long-standing national coach Markus Eicher (61) has been retired. Eicher will remain connected to the sport and still active as a club coach. A successor and new German head coach is not yet known. We wish Markus all the best for the future.
The dates for the World Cup next season have been confirmed by the ISU Council: Calgary, Canada November 13-15, 2015 / Salt Lake City, USA November 20-22, 2015 / Inzell, Germany December 04-06, 2015 / Heerenveen, The Netherlands December 11-13, 2015 / Stavanger, Norway January 29-31, 2016 / Heerenveen, The Netherlands March 11-13, 2016
Die Berlinerin sichert sich beim Weltcup Finale in Erfurt den zweiten Platz im Gesamtweltcup über die Langstrecken der Damen (3000m und 5000m) hinter der Tschechin Martina Sablikova. Etwas erleichtert wurde Claudia Pechstein die Aufgabe durch das Fehlen der zuvor zweitplatzierten Niederländerin Ireen Wüst, die ihre Saison bereits nach der Mehrkapmf-Weltmeisterschaften in Calgary beendet hatte und in der Gesamtwertung den 3.Rang belegt.