Mantia, Hansen And Whitmore Help Team USA Close Out World Cup Calgary Strong

Dec. 03, 2017, 6:34 p.m. (ET)

The third stop of the 2017-18 ISU Long Track World Cup circuit concluded today from the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Canada, with the men’s and women’s 500m, 1500m and Mass Start final.

Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) had the best finish of the day for Team USA, skating to a fourth-place finish in the men’s 1500m in 1:42.54, just 0.27 seconds behind bronze medalist Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands. The 2014 Olympian is currently second in the men’s 1500m overall World Cup standings.

It marked Mantia’s second-fastest career 1500m, just 0.09 seconds off his personal-best time of 1:42.45 which he set on November 20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brian Hansen (Glenview, Ill.) won the men’s 1500m B Division, skating a 1:44.14, just 0.03 seconds ahead of Italy’s Andrea Giovannini. The 2010 Olympic silver medalist would have finished 12th overall in the men’s 1500m A Division.

“I was really happy with today, especially since I was coming off a slower 1000m yesterday,” said Hansen. “Hopefully I can use this momentum to carry me through the next month and improve through A group and get back on the podium.”

It marked the first podium finish of the season for Hansen and his fastest 1500m since setting his personal-best time of 1:42.16 on November 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City.  

Mia Manganello (Crestview, Fla.) and Heather Bergsma (High Point, N.C.) both skated in the women’s Mass Start final, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Each skater earned three points by finishing second on a prime lap, with Bergsma doing it on the second prime lap and Manganello doing so on the third prime lap. Mantia finished ninth in the men’s Mass Start final and is now third overall in the World Cup Mass Start standings.

Finishing out the day for Team USA was a third place finish by two-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, Wisc.) in the men’s 500m B Division. His time of 34.473 was a season-best and the fastest 500m by an American this year.

“I’m really happy with where I’m at considering I missed a good chunk of training this year and it’s nice to be closing in on where I was before my injury,” Whitmore said following his 500m race. “To be only a tenth and half off of the A Division winner makes this a pretty successful day. I’m really excited to race in Salt Lake City next weekend.”

For full race results, click here.

With the conclusion of World Cup Calgary, the U.S. team will return to Salt Lake City for the fourth ISU World Cup on Dec. 8-10. The Utah Olympic Oval will play host to 300 international skaters from over 50 different countries in the final qualification opportunity for countries before the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at SmithsTix.com and all Smith’s Tix locations.

Watch World Cup Calgary on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, all weekend long. The final day of racing will air at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 3.

Highlights from World Cup Calgary Day 3 (Dec. 3)

  • Joey Mantia finished fourth overall in the men’s 1500m in 1:42.54, just 0.27 seconds behind the third-place finisher and is second overall in the men’s 1500m World Cup standings...finished ninth in the men’s Mass Start Final and is now third overall in the Mass Start World Cup standings.
  • Brian Hansen won the men’s 1500m B Division in 1:44.14, his fastest 1500m since November 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
  • Two-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore finished third in the men’s 500m B Division…his time of 34.473 was the sixth-fastest 500m and is the fastest 500m by an American this season.
  • Mia Manganello and Heather Bergsma finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s Mass Start final…each skater finished second on a prime lap to earn three points each.

Quote from Brian Hansen, Men’s 1500m B Division winner

  • “I was really happy with today, especially since I was coming off a slower 1000m yesterday. Hopefully I can use this momentum to carry me through the next month and improve through A group and get back on the podium.”

Quote from Mitch Whitmore, Men’s 500m B Division third place

  • “I’m really happy with where I’m at considering I missed a good chunk of training this year and it’s nice to be closing in on where I was before my injury. To be only a tenth and half off of the A Division winner makes this a pretty successful day. I’m really excited to race in Salt Lake City next weekend.”