Five For Friday: Speedskating

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 10, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Shani Davis competes in the men 1,500-meter at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Gangneung Oval on Feb.12, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.

 

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The long track season begins this week for four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis, two-time Olympian Heather Bergsma and 13 other members of the US Speedskating fall world cup team.

The U.S. team is stacked with veteran skaters who have competed in multiple Olympic Winter Games and world championships. Ten of the 15 skaters are Olympians, including 2014 Olympian Brittany Bowe, a two-time world sprint champion.

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The season opener is Friday through Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Four world cup events will be held prior to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, including a world cup on Dec. 8-10 in Salt Lake City.

Davis, a four-time Olympian, is among seven men on the team. Six of them are Olympians. Joining Davis are two-time Olympians Brian Hansen and Mitch Whitmore, 2014 Olympians Joey Mantia, Jonathan Garcia and Emery Lehman, and 2018 Olympic hopeful Jeffrey Swider-Peltz Jr., whose mother is three-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz.

Bergsma and Bowe have each won four world titles on the women’s side. Bergsma, the 2017 world champion in the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter, is joined on the team by Bowe, 2014 Olympians Sugar Todd and Kelly Gunther, and 2018 Olympic hopefuls Petra Acker, Mia Manganello, Carlijn Schoutens and Paige Schwartzburg.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

The U.S. Short Track World Cup Team is in Shanghai this weekend, leading up to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Olympic quota spots are at stake in this week’s event in Shanghai and next week’s event in Seoul, South Korea.

Among those on the short track team are three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski and 2014 Olympian Jessica Kooreman. Celski had a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter B final last month in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

TV: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.