First World Cup a learning experience for US long track athletes

By Tom Haraldsen | Nov. 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (ET)

The first ISU Speedskating World Cup of the season ended Sunday in the Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval in Obihiro, Japan, with Team USA participating in three A division finals.

Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) just missed a podium finish, taking fourth in the Ladies 1000m with 1:15.00. Austrian skater Vanessa Herzog won the gold at 1:14.568, setting a new track record. Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) placed 20th in the race (1:18.450) but felt good about her first experience in A division world cup races.

In the Mens 1000m, 2018 Olympian Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) took 15th (1:10.29), with fellow Olympian and teammate Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) finishing 16th (1:10.384). Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnivok won the 1000m with 1:07.858, setting a new track record

U.S. Olympian Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstead, Netherlands) raced in the Ladies 3000m A Division ending in 16th (4:15.661) with Dutch skater Esmee Visser taking the gold (4:04.607). In the Ladies 1000m B Division, 2018 Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) placed 11th.

Team USA stays in Japan for next weekend’s event at the outdoor track at the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center. The last time a world cup event was held on an outdoor track, was in 2008 in Italian Baselga di Pinè. Tomakomai is a newcomer to the World Cup Series, hosting its first event Nov. 23-25.

 

Weekend Highlights:

Brittany Bowe: 1500m—Gold

Brittany Bowe: 1000m—4th

Brittany Bowe: Ladies 500m (1)—5th

Brittany Bowe: 500m (2)--6th

Kimi Goetz: Mass Start--10th

Kimi Goetz—Ladies 500m--New personal best

Erin Jackson: 1000m (B)—11th

Carlijn Schoutens: 3000m—16th

Joey Mantia: Mass Start Semis—4th

Kimani Griffin: Mens 1000m—15th

Joey Mantia: Mens 1000m—16th

Kimani Griffin: Mens 500m—17th

 

Quotes:

“This first weekend was a mixture of results,” said USS National Long Track Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. “It’s a good motivator for the team to start off the season with a victory and track record, along with a personal best time. But as we prepare for Tomakomai, we’ll look at the areas of improvement from Obihiro and drive that into next weekend.”

“Feels really great to have the first world cup of the season under my belt with four solid races,” said Brittany Bowe. “I’m disappointed with falling short of a medal in the 1000m this weekend, but we’re just getting started!”

“I thought there were glimpses of some really solid skating,” said Kimani Griffin. “There’s definitely some room for improvement. First time racing a full weekend in A group was a ton of fun and a learning experience to grown upon. There’s really no room for mistakes competing with these guys. I look forward to building off this weekend’s races through the next three world cups.”

“We struggled deciding if I should attend all four world cups,” said Kimi Goetz. “Ultimately, we decided that there is no better place to learn than to be at a world cup racing the best and training with the two fastest U.S. girls, Brittany and Erin. With one world cup in the books, I have a larger list of things to work on and a plan to check those off one by one.”

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