November 30, 2017 (Salt Lake City, UT) – In partnership with the International Skating Union (ISU) and US Speedskating, Utah Olympic Oval will host the 2017 ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Cup beginning Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10. Skaters will be racing in the following distances: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and Team Pursuit. General admission is $7. Tickets are available at all SmithTix locations and online at SmithTix.com.
Fifteen skaters from the United States have been named to the World Cup roster and will help qualify Olympic country quota spots by competing at this year’s event.
Six of the seven men featured on the roster have skated in a Olympic Winter Games. Two-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis (Chicago, Ill.) has the most experience of the group as a four-time Olympian and winner of 90 World Cup medals. Davis is joined by the reigning Mass Start World Champion and 2014 Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) and two-time Olympian and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Brian Hansen (Glenview, Ill.).
Other Olympians added to the mix are American record-holder in the 500m and two-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, Wisc.), and 2014 Olympians Jonathan Garcia (Houston, Texas) and Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill.).
Leading the women will be multiple World Champions Heather Bergsma (High Point, N.C.) and Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.). Bergsma is a two-time Olympian and the current World Champion in the 1000m and 1500m, while Bowe is a 2014 Olympian and the 2015 and 2016 World Sprint Champion. Competing alongside Bergsma and Bowe will be 2014 Olympic teammates Sugar Todd (Omaha, Neb.) and Kelly Gunther (Clinton Township, Mich.).
Rounding out the roster will be 2016-17 World Single Distance Championships team members Mia Manganello (Crestview, Fla.) and Petra Acker (Clifton Park, N.Y.), 2016-17 Allround Championships skater Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstede, Netherlands), and 2016-17 World Cup team members Jeffrey Swider-Peltz (Chicago, Ill.) and Paige Schwartzburg (Ocala, Fla.)
For more information on the ISU Long Track World Cup event, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
Friday, December 8
12:30 – 3:30 pm (Doors Open at 11:00 am)
Saturday, December 9
12:30 – 4:00 pm (Doors Open at 11:30 am)
Sunday, December 10
12:30 – 4:15 pm (Doors Open at 11:30 am)
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About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. The Foundation supports national sport organizations and community recreational winter sport programs, as well as subsidizes the operation of two Olympic legacy venues – Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.
About US Speedskating
From Pond to Podium, we are US Speedskating. We grow and nurture a sport where all ages can experience the thrill of speed and the camaraderie of the skating community. US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speed skating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs. US Speedskating is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speed skating in the United States. The Organization has won 86 Olympic medals to-date, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, on Facebook and at www.usspeedskating.org