2014–15 ISU Speed Skating World Cup

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ISU Speed Skating World Cup
Dates14 November 2014 – 22 March 2015

The 2014–15 ISU Speed Skating World Cup, officially the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating 2014–2015, was a series of international speed skating competitions that ran the entire season. The season started on 14 November 2014 in Obihiro, Japan, and ended with the final on 22 March 2015 in Erfurt, Germany.[1] In total, seven competition weekends were held at six different locations, twelve cups were contested (six for men, and six for women), and 80 races took place.

The World Cup is organized by the International Skating Union (ISU).

Calendar[edit]

The detailed schedule for the season.[1] In addition, the team sprint was held as demonstration event in Obihiro and Seoul.

WC # City Venue Date 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 3000 m 5000 m 10000 m Mass start Team pursuit
1 Obihiro Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval 14–16 November 2m, 2w m, w m, w w m m, w m, w
2 Seoul Taereung International Ice Rink 21–23 November 2m, 2w m, w m, w w m m, w
3 Berlin Sportforum Hohenschönhausen 5–7 December 2m, 2w m, w m, w w m m, w m, w
4 Heerenveen Thialf 12–14 December 2m, 2w m, w m, w w m m, w m, w
Chelyabinsk Uralskaya Molniya 10–11 January 2015 European Speed Skating Championships
Changchun Jilin Provincial Speed Skating Rink 10–11 January 2015 Asian Single Distance Speed Skating Championships
5 Hamar Vikingskipet 31 January – 1 February m, w w m m, w
6 Heerenveen Thialf 7–8 February 2m, 2w 2m, 2w
Heerenveen Thialf 12–15 February 2015 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships
Astana Alau Ice Palace 28 February – 1 March 2015 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships
Calgary Olympic Oval 7–8 March 2015 World Allround Speed Skating Championships
7 Erfurt Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Halle 21–22 March 2m, 2w m, w m, w w m m, w
Total 12m, 12w 7m, 7w 6m, 6w 5w 5m, 1w 1m 6m, 6w 3m, 3w
Note: the men's 5000 and 10000 metres was contested as one cup, and the women's 3000 and 5000 metres was contested as one cup, as indicated by the color coding.[1]

Entry rules[edit]

Qualification criteria[edit]

In order to qualify, skaters had to achieve the following results in ISU events, international competitions or national championships between 1 July 2013 and the entry deadline for the competition concerned.[1]

A in the Olympic Oval, Calgary, or the Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
B in other ice rinks
C or 6:35.00 on 5000 m
D or 6:40.00 on 5000 m
E or 4:15.00 on 3000 m
F or 4:20.00 on 3000 m

For the mass start and team pursuit events, skaters who had achieved any one of the above results qualified. However, every ISU member nation was allowed to enter a maximum of one skater per gender who had not achieved any of these results, provided that they had achieved a 1500 m result of 1:57.50 (men) or 2:10.00 (women).[1]

Nation quotas[edit]

Every ISU member nation was allowed to enter at least one competitor for each distance, subject to the qualification criteria above. Additionally, skaters placed among the top 32 in the final 2013–14 World Cup, or included in the final qualifying list (including the reserve list) of the 2014 Winter Olympics, for the distance category concerned, was allowed entry. Nations were also allowed to earn a quota place for each skater placed on the final qualifying list (excluding the reserve list) for the Olympics. The maximum quota was 5 skaters. A member nation organizing a World Cup competition was granted the maximum quota in all events. Member nations not mentioned were allowed to enter a maximum of one skater for each distance.[1]

For the mass start event, a member nation was allowed to enter a maximum of two skaters, all subject to the qualifying criteria above. For the team pursuit event, a member nation was allowed to enter one team only per category (men/women).[1]

The World Cup competitions 1–4 served as qualifying events for the 2015 World Single Distance Championships. World Cup 5 served as a qualifying event for the 2015 World Allround Championships, and World Cup 6 served as a qualifying event for the 2015 World Sprint Championships. Results from World Cups 1–6 defined the seeding for the Single Distance Championships. World Cups 5 and 6 had extended entry quotas due to their status as qualifying events; each ISU member nation got one more quota place than its highest quota of either of the two distances in the competition, however, the maximum quota was still 5 places.[1]


World records[edit]

World records going into the 2014–15 season.

Men[edit]

Distance Time Holder(s) Nat. Date Venue Reference
500 m 34.03 Jeremy Wotherspoon Canada 9 November 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [2]
1000 m 1:06.42 Shani Davis United States 7 March 2009 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [3]
1500 m 1:41.04 Shani Davis United States 11 December 2009 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [4]
5000 m 6:03.32 Sven Kramer Netherlands 17 November 2007 Olympic Oval, Calgary [5]
10000 m 12:41.69 Sven Kramer Netherlands 10 March 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [6]
Team pursuit
(8 laps)
3:35.60 Koen Verweij
Jan Blokhuijsen
Sven Kramer
Netherlands 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [7]

Women[edit]

Distance Time Holder(s) Nat. Date Venue Reference
500 m 36.36 Lee Sang-hwa South Korea 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [8]
1000 m 1:12.58 Brittany Bowe United States 17 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [9]
1500 m 1:51.79 Cindy Klassen Canada 20 November 2005 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [10]
3000 m 3:53.34 Cindy Klassen Canada 18 March 2006 Olympic Oval, Calgary [11]
5000 m 6:42.66 Martina Sáblíková Czech Republic 18 February 2011 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City [12]
Team pursuit
(6 laps)
2:55.79 Kristina Groves
Christine Nesbitt
Brittany Schussler
Canada 6 December 2009 Olympic Oval, Calgary [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "International Skating Union – Communication No. 1889" (PDF). International Skating Union. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Evolution of the world record 500 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Evolution of the world record 1000 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Evolution of the world record 1500 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Evolution of the world record 5000 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Evolution of the world record 10,000 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Evolution of the world record Team pursuit Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Evolution of the world record 500 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Evolution of the world record 1000 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Evolution of the world record 1500 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Evolution of the world record 3000 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Evolution of the world record 5000 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Evolution of the world record Team pursuit Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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