Brittany Bowe broke the women’s 1000m speedskating world record at the World Cup in Kearns, Utah on Sunday.
This is only one of the numerous world records smashed out of the 10 Olympic events in the past two weekends. Records have been broken in the women’s 1000m and 1500m and the men’s 500m and 10,000m. In three of these events, the record has been broken multiple times.
Skating in the same pair as Heather Richardson – who took Bowe’s 1500m record yesterday – Bowe lowered the record in the 1000m to 1:12.18. Richardson clocked 1:13.45, good enough for third overall. China’s Hong Zhang was second in a time of 1:12.77.
Last week in Calgary, Bowe broke the 1000m world record. But Richardson reset it a few minutes later; for a brief time, she matched Shani Davis in owning the men’s 1000m and 1500m world records.
“I think we feed off each other,” Richardson said yesterday through US Speedskating. “I know last weekend I fueled [Bowe’s] fire after taking the record in the 1000m.”
Earlier this weekend in Kearns, for the second consecutive week, Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov broke the men’s 500m world record in a time of 33.98 seconds.
Then Satuday, Dutch-born Canadian Ted-Jan Bloeman bested the Sven Kramer’s 2007 world record in the men’s 10,000m on Saturday, clocking 12:36.30. It was the oldest Olympic event world record in the books.
These records have been broken in the world’s fastest venues at Calgary and Kearns. But, as both of those venues have already hosted their respective World Cups, there are no more records expected to be set the rest of the season.
Three-time Olympic short track speed skating medalist J.R. Celski will compete for the first time since March 2014 at the Desert Classic in Kearns, Utah, this weekend.
Celski, 25, last competed at the 2014 World Championships, placing second in the overall standings behind Russian Viktor Ahn.
One month before that, Celski won his third Olympic medal, a silver in the 5000m relay in Sochi. Ahn was the most decorated male athlete across all sports in Sochi with four medals, three gold.
Celski has taken season-long breaks after each of his two Olympic appearances. He is not committing yet to a run for a third Olympic team in 2018, US Speedskating said Thursday.
“I know that I’m going to take a little time off, regain my bearings, rest the body, rest the mind,” Celski said in April 2014. “I love skating. I really foresee that in my future. I’m just not sure when.”
Sochi Olympians Chris Creveling, a silver medalist on the relay with Celski, and Jessica Smith are also in the Desert Classic field.
Celski’s good friend and relay silver medalist teammate Eddy Alvarez is now playing professional baseball.
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Eddy Alvarez was promoted within the Chicago White Sox organization Wednesday, moving to High A as the Sochi Olympic short track speed skating silver medalist continues to shine 13 months after signing a minor-league deal with the baseball club.
Alvarez, 25, hit .285 with a.408 on-base percentage, two home runs, 23 doubles and 39 RBIs in 89 games for Single-A Kannapolis (N.C.) of the South Atlantic League this season before the call-up to High-A Winston-Salem.
The Miami native nicknamed “the Jet” stole 42 bases and made the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He led the league in walks (69) and runs scored (64) before his promotion.
Alvarez, a shortstop, earned silver with the U.S. 5000m relay team at the Sochi Winter Games.
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