The fourth stop on the ISU Long Track World Cup circuit and the final Olympic qualification opportunity concluded today at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Utah. Skaters raced in the men’s and women’s 1000m, the women’s 3000m and the men’s 5000m.
Jonathan Garcia (Houston, Texas) had has career-best individual World Cup finish in the men’s 1000m, placing seventh overall in a personal-best time of 1:07.40.
“I really liked ninety-percent of the race,” said Garcia. “I had a few mistakes but that is going to be every race. Overall, I was pretty happy and was right where I wanted to be.”
The 2014 Olympian has progressively gotten better in every 1000m he has skated on the World Cup circuit this season, finishing 18th in Heerenveen (1:10.30), fourth in the B Division in Stavanger (1:10.03) and second in the B Division in Calgary (1:07.83). He shaved 0.28 seconds off his old personal best of 1:07.68 set on February 26, 2017 in Calgary, Canada.
“I’ve had a plan in place since the beginning of the summer and it’s just about hitting the points throughout the season, where you are progressively getting better through all of the races, but you don’t want to be too high or low. I know myself – I’ve been skating for 23 years – I can’t maintain my best every day for two months. I have to make sure I strategically place myself where I need to be throughout the season just to be in the best position possible for Olympic Trials in January and hopefully Korea in February.”
Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) skated a season-best time in the women’s 1000m, placing sixth in 1:13.55. Bowe was 0.32 seconds off the podium and 0.39 seconds better than her previous season-best time.
“That felt relatively strong today,” said Bowe. “I think each race has gotten a little bit better. My skating and timing felt better today and everything was connecting. It definitely felt stronger than I have this year.”
For full race results, click here.
With the conclusion of World Cup four, Team USA will turn their attention towards U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Speedskating, which will take place at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. from Jan. 2-7, 2018. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
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Highlights from World Cup Salt Lake Day 3 (Dec. 10)
Quote from Jonathan Garcia, 2014 Olympian
Quote from Brittany Bowe, 2014 Olympian