EVENT RECAP: Long Track Fall World Cup Qualifier- Day 1
The Long Track Fall World Cup Qualifier began today in Salt Lake City. This three-day event will determine starting positions for the Fall World Cup Team, which will race in the first four ISU competitions this season. Off to a great start, today’s competition on the Fastest Ice on Earth saw five personal bests from up-and-coming athletes Brett Perry, Brandon Molenda, Steven Hartman, Erin Bartlett and Carlijn Schoutens.
On the ladies side, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson skated the two fastest 500s in the world so far this year. Heather Richardson took the lead in the Women’s 500m, with a time of 37,78 and Brittany Bowe celebrated a strong performance, finishing the 500m with a time of 38,15. This was Richardson's first race since returning from Holland, where she is training with fiancé and Olympic skater Jorrit Bergsma.
Two-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore raced the fastest time of the day for the Men’s 500, but had two false starts. “That might have been the first time I’ve ever been disqualified for two false starts” said Whitmore. “Looking at my re-skate, I saw plenty of things that could have been better, so tomorrow should be much improved.”
Long Track Program Director, Nick Pearson expects to see even better results this weekend, saying, "We had 5 personal bests today, which was great to see at this time of the year, especially with a high pressure system in the area. It looks like we may have a low pressure system moving in on Sunday, which would produce some even faster times for the 1000m events."
For full results from day one of racing, click here.
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