From Champions stamping their authority on the ice to new names bursting into prominence, the 2019/20 Short Track Speed Skating season was chock-full of gasp-inducing performances. But for many, it was the return to competition of Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt that really tugged at the heartstrings.
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Mindful of the escalating negative COVID-19 developments, the resulting world-wide human tragedy and the measures taken by the public authorities as well as logistical challenges the ISU Council during its on-line meeting held on April 16, 2020 concluded that a postponement of the pending 2020 ISU Championships is not possible.
In November 2019, the International Skating Union (ISU) launched #UpAgain, an emotional and inspiring campaign based on one simple principle: we must overcome life’s challenges to achieve our full potential. Today, the campaign takes a greater meaning as we currently face one of the biggest challenges humankind has encountered in decades. Through this campaign, the ISU aims to encourage people to stay strong, to support each other in creative and mindful ways and together we will get #UpAgain.
If you keep heading home with silver, gold cannot be far away, as exciting young Short Track Speed Skating prospect Steven Dubois (CAN) proved at the penultimate 2019/20 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stop in Dresden, Germany.
One of Short Track Speed Skater Park Ji Won’s final utterances of the 2019/20 season was: “People need to respect me.” Given he is the Men’s World No.1, topped both the 1000m and 1500m ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating rankings and claimed the overall ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating title, it is fair to say the Korean has earned that respect.
Today, April 6, 2020, the International Skating Union (ISU) proudly celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace for the third consecutive year. Sport, peace and unity is more important than ever in these times of crisis. This year, the ISU Athletes Commission, who represents the views of the athletes and makes their voices heard within the ISU, conveys the message of commitment to Sport for Development and Peace.
There is no doubting the identity of the current world-leading female Short Track Speed Skater. Suzanne Schulting has been in sparkling form since grabbing 1000m gold at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games but the Dutchwoman took her level to new heights in 2019/20.
The Liu brothers – Shaolin Sandor and Shaoang – have changed the face of winter sport in their homeland. Hungary is a powerhouse in summer sports such as canoeing, fencing and swimming but, until the Lius came along, had never won a winter Olympic gold medal.
The Republic of Korea’s Hwang Dae Heon came into 2019/20 red hot. Having finished second overall at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and without Champion Lim Hyo Jun, also of Korea, in the field, he was expected to rule the roost – and at the start of the season, he did just that.
Kim Boutin had thought about walking away from Short Track Speed Skating at the end of the 2018/19 season. She wasn’t particularly enjoying herself in a sport that had dominated her life from the age of six. “I told my coach I needed something new, to have more fun, and see if I still enjoyed Short Track Speed Skating,” the Canadian said.
As a result of the recent United States’ travel ban of 26 European countries and the state of New York’s restrictions on gatherings over concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union (ISU) are unable to organize the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place April 3-4, 2020, in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Skate Canada and the International Skating Union (ISU), were informed today by the Government of Quebec that they have decided to cancel the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from March 16-22, 2020 in Montreal at Centre Bell.
At the time of publishing this statement, the ISU has not been informed of any specific decision from the Quebec Health Ministry in regard to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships scheduled to be held in Montreal on March 16-22, 2020.