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The third leg of the ISU World Cup takes place this weekend in Berlin, Germany on December 5-7, followed by the fourth in Heerenveen, Netherlands on December 12-14. In Heerenveen the winners of the Team Pursuit will be determined as it will be the last World Cup featuring Team Pursuit races.
In the new year, the allround skaters will meet in Hamar (NOR) on January 31 and February 1 for the 1500m and Ladies’ 3000m and Men’s 5,000m as well as the Mass Start. The following week the World Cup will go back to Heerenveen (NED) where the Sprinters (500m and 1000m) will compete on February 7 and 8, 2015.
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final will take place in Erfurt (GER), March 21-22 where the four distances plus the Mass Start will be raced.
A special prize will be awarded to the best female and male skater, called the ‘Grand World Cup winner’, based on a grand total of points earned from World Cup races throughout the season.
Qualification for Championships through World Cups
A new qualification system for the ISU Championships was voted last June during the ISU Congress. The first four ISU World Cup Speed Skating Events are now qualifying events for the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships. Previously the qualifications for these Championships were based on the final World Cup rankings (points and time), therefore the event used to take place after the World Cup Series, this season the Championships will take place in February instead of March. The Hamar World Cup is a qualification event for the ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships and the second Heerenveen World Cup is the qualifying event for the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships.