Richardson and Bowe top the Podium in Hamar

Jan. 31, 2015, 10:44 p.m. (ET)

HAMAR, NORWAY - JANUARY 31: Gold medalist Heather Richardson of the USA (C), Silver medalist Brittany Bowe of the USA (L) and Bronze medalist Marije Joling of the Netherlands (R) pose after winning the 1500m Ladies Division A on day 1 of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup at the Hamar Olympic Hall on January 31, 2015 in Hamar, Norway. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/ISU via Getty Images)

Heather Richardson (USA) and her fiancé Jorrit Bergsma (NED) took gold on the first day of World Cup competition in 2015. The ladies competed in the 1500m, the men in the 5000m at the Vikingship rink in Hamar, Norway. On Sunday the men will race the 1500m and the ladies the 3000m.

With his 5000m win Bergsma gave the Netherlands its 100th World Cup gold in that distance. It is the first World Cup distance in which this milestone is reached. In the ladies’ 1500m the USA took the double again with Brittany Bowe securing silver behind Richardson. They repeated their 1500m result from Heerenveen in December. Five skaters improved their personal best times.


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