Long Track World Cup Qualifiers to be Held at the Utah Olympic Oval

Oct. 10, 2017, 6:54 p.m. (ET)

US Speedskating will hold the Long Track Fall World Cup Qualifiers on Oct. 11-15, at the Utah Olympic Oval. Over the four-day competition, skaters will be competing to earn start positions on the US Speedskating Long Track World Cup Team for the ISU World Cups leading up to the 2018 Winter Games:

World Cup #1 – Heerenveen, Netherlands     Nov. 10-12, 2017
World Cup #2 – Stavanger, Norway               Nov. 17-19, 2017
World Cup #3 – Calgary, Canada                    Dec. 1-3, 2017
World Cup #4 – Salt Lake City, Utah               Dec. 8-10, 2017

The men’s competition will feature two-time Olympic Champion Shani Davis (Chicago, Ill.) and four-time Olympian KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.), who became the oldest skater to win an ISU World Cup medal last season at the age of 46 in Nagano, Japan, when he took silver in the Mass Start.

Joining Davis and Boutiette is two-time Olympian and current American record holder in the 500m, Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, Wisc.). In addition, Olympians Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill.), Jonathan Garcia (Houston, Texas), Joey Mantia and Olympic silver medalists and 2010 teammates in the team pursuit, Brian Hansen (Chicago, Ill.) and Trevor Marsicano (Milwaukee, Wisc.) are scheduled to compete. 

Seven Olympians are expected to compete on the women’s side, including the current 1000m and 1500m World Champion and two-time Olympian Heather Bergsma (High Point, N.C.). Joining Bergsma will be the 2015-16 World Sprint Champion and 2014 Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.), as well as 2014 Olympians Kelly Gunther (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Sugar Todd (Omaha, Neb.).

Also competing in the women’s field will be 2010 Olympians, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Rebekah Bradford-Plath (Apple Valley, Minn.) and three-time Olympian Maria Lamb (River Falls, Wisc.).

The first four ISU World Cups will determine the number of country quota spots for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. The U.S. team can earn a maximum of 10 skaters per gender for the Olympics.

Below is the schedule of events:

                                               Women                                      Men
Day 1: Wednesday, Oct. 11   Mass Start (#1)                           Mass Start (#1)
Day 2: Friday, Oct. 13            500m (#1), 500m (#2), 3000m   500m (#1), 500m (#2), 5000m
Day 3: Saturday, Oct. 14        1500m, 5000m                           1500m, 10000m
Day 4: Sunday, Oct. 15          1000m, Mass Start (#2)             1000m, Mass Start (#2)         

Competition is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday and 9 a.m. MT for days 2-4. The event is free and open to the public. If you can’t attend, USSpeedskating.org will host a live stream of the races.

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