Skating World Cup comes to SLC
November 6, 2015
In partnership with the International Skating Union, Utah Sports Commission and US Speedskating, the second competition of the 2015-16 ISU World Cup Speed Skating circuit makes a stop in Salt Lake City Nov. 20-22. The event will be held at the Utah Olympic Oval, official 2002 Olympic Winter Games venue for long-track speed skating, located in the township of Kearns.
Race officials anticipate a competitive field of 200 international long-track speed skating athletes representing over 20 countries. The competition includes races in the following distances: 500 meters, 1,000m, 1,500m, 3,000m (women only), 5,000m and 10,000m (men only). All races will be held on the 400-meter Olympic Oval.
The ISU first organized Speed Skating World Cup competitions 30 years ago. The competitions are formatted so that skaters could be ranked by cumulative score during the season, for each distance separately. There are four World Cup speed skating competitions in the 2015-2016 season. The event at Utah Olympic Oval is the second in the series which includes stops in Calgary, Canada; Inzell, Germany; and Heerenveen, Netherlands. The last time Utah hosted a World Cup speed skating event was in 2013, ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
World Cup speed skating races are scheduled from 1-5 p.m. each day. On Friday, Nov. 20, admission to the races will be free. General admission tickets are available online at UtahOlympicLegacy.org and in person at the Utah Olympic Oval, located at 5662 South Cougar Lane in Kearns. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (ages 65 and older). Children ages 2 and under are free.
As part of the competition, there will be a community festival on Saturday and Sunday held inside the Oval arena from noon to 5 p.m. The festival will feature a uniquely Utah western theme and an opportunity to experience sport-themed activities. The community festival is held in partnership with the Kearns Community Council with additional support by Salt Lake County.
"The Utah Olympic Oval is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier venues that brings the world’s best speed skaters to Utah," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. "This venue, and US Speedskating who calls it home, are a key part of Utah’s Olympic legacy efforts."
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Ted Morris, executive director of US Speedskating, said the Utah venue is an ideal place for racing.
"We are thrilled to have the ISU World Cup back in Utah and at the Utah Olympic Oval," Morris said. "The Oval is the perfect place to showcase the sport of long-track speed skating and we look forward to being the perfect host to speed skating fans and the fastest skaters in the world."
Todd Porter, Utah Olympic Oval general manager, said he is rolling out the red carpet.
"The Utah Olympic Oval and Kearns community look forward to hosting skaters from all over the world," Porter said. "We anticipate fierce competition and feel confident many personal bests and world records will be set over the three days of racing."
Home to the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth’, over 100 world records have been set at the Utah Olympic Oval since 2002. For more information on this event, race schedules, and to purchase tickets, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
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