Team USA off to Strong Start on First Day of ISU World Cup Berlin
Berlin, Germany (Dec 5, 2014) The athletes representing the USA are off to a great start in Berlin for the third leg of the ISU World Cup. Newcomers Carlijn Schoutens and Kimani Griffin, who held their own throughout tough world-class competition, joined seasoned World Cup veterans and Olympians for an exciting first day of Long Track racing action.
Heather Richardson 2nd in Ladies 500m
The 2013 Sprint World Champion, Heather Richardson (High Point, NC) took second place in today’s Ladies 500m A Division, with a time of 38.62. Fellow Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, FL) also had a standout performance, racing to first place in the B Division of the Ladies 500m in 38.62, with Sugar Todd (Milwaukee, WI) trailing closely behind for a 9th place finish. Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, WI) led the men of Team USA in the B Division of the Men’s 500m, skating his way to 5th place in 35.63.
- Brittany Bowe (Ocala, FL) dominated the B division of the Ladies 500m, placing 1st in 38.62.
- Sugar Todd (Milwaukee, WI) raced to a 9th place finish in the Ladies 500m.
- Heather Richardson (High Point, NC) finished 2nd in the A Division of the Ladies 500m.
- Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, WI) skated to 5th place in the Men’s 500m.
- Jonathan Garcia (Houston, TX) took 18th in the 500m with a time of 36.07, followed by Shani Davis (Chicago, IL), who skated .3 seconds behind at 36.10.
- Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, NC) placed 25th in the Men’s 500m with a time of 36.27.
- Maria Lamb (River Falls, WI) placed 19th in Ladies 3000m
- Dual citizen competing for Team USA, Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstede, Netherlands and West Jordan, UT), placed 22nd in her first World Cup competition.
Watch the ISU World Cup Berlin this weekend from home with the icenetwork season pass! Use discount code: CYBER14 which makes the price of the speed skating season pass $24.99 (regularly $49.99); goes through Dec. 7 at 12 midnight ET. Get yours here: http://web.icenetwork.com/subscribe/
Click here for official results: http://live.isuresults.eu/2014-2015/berlin/
About US Speedskating
From Pond to Podium, we are US Speedskating. We grow and nurture a sport where all ages can experience the thrill of speed and the camaraderie of the skating community. US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speedskating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs. US Speedskating is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speedskating in the United States. The Organization has won 86 Olympic medals to-date, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow us on Twitter @USSpeedskating, Instagram @USSpeedskating, on Facebook Facebook.com/USSpeedskating and at http://usspeedskating.org