ISU Speed Skating World Cup
The ISU Speed Skating World Cup is a series of international speed skating competitions, organised annually by the International Skating Union since the winter of 1985–86. Every year during the winter season, a number of competitions on different distances and on different locations are held. Skaters can earn points at each competition, and the skater who has the most points on a given distance at the end of the series is the winner. Initially not very popular by skaters nor spectators, the World Cup gradually became more and more popular, and this was of the reasons of the creation of the World Single Distance Championships. The results on the separate distances in the World Cup ranking are the main qualifying method for the World Single Distance Championships.
The number of races per season per distance varies, but it is usually between five and ten. Ten World Cup titles are awarded every season, five for men (the 500 m, the 1000 m, the 1500 m, the combined 5000 m / 10000 m, and the team pursuit), and five for women (the 500 m, the 1000 m, the 1500 m, the combined 3000 m / 5000 m, and the team pursuit).
The mass start was re-introduced for both women and men in the World Cup in Astana in 2011.
Overall World Cup winners
Most World Cup victories
The skaters with the highest number of individual world cup victories as of 25 March 2013.
|Pos||Athlete||First–last||Total starts||100 m||500 m||1000 m||1500 m||5000 m||10000 m||Mass start||Total wins|
|Pos||Athlete||First–last||Total starts||100 m||500 m||1000 m||1500 m||3000 m||5000 m||Mass start||Total wins|
|6||Catriona LeMay Doan||1998–2003||224||1||27||6||34|
- "History of World Cup classifications Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "History of World Cup classifications Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Most World Cup victories individual distances Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Most World Cup victories individual distances Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.