NOS Skating•today, 07:30
In almost ten years, the number of Dutch skaters who qualified for the World Cups was not that large. No fewer than 34 different riders obtained a starting ticket at the qualifying tournament. Only one less than in the record 2014/2015 season.
The World Cup season starts on Friday in Obihiro, Japan, but not all Dutch people are there yet. The skaters of AH-Zaanlander, including Irene Schouten and Marijke Groenewoud, are skipping the weekend.
Live at the NOS
All World Cups can be followed live on NOS this season, just like the other tournaments. National, European or world championships, it can all be seen, heard and read at the NOS this winter.
See below which Dutch people qualified for the World Cup:
This season the World Cup consists of six competition weekends, spread over three continents. The first races will take place from Friday in Obihiro (November 10-12) and will be held early in the Dutch morning.
All distances can be followed live every day from 6:25 am on NOS.nl, in the NOS app and the app on your smart TV. Summaries can be seen in Studio Sports on NPO 1, with an extra broadcast on Saturday from 5:10 PM.
View next weekend’s program here:
Next week (18-20 November) the skaters will return to the Beijing Olympic track. For Schouten it will be a reunion with the ice rink where she won three Olympic titles in February 2022.
As often as she could cheer on the ice, Schouten and the other athletes were able to see so little due to the corona measures during the Beijing Games. But that will undoubtedly change.
The broadcasts around the World Cup in Beijing start every day at 9.50 am and can be seen live for three days on NOS.nl and in the app with new summaries on NPO 1.
After the diptych in Asia, two World Cups will be held in Europe in December. From December 1 to 3 in Stavanger, Norway, a week later (December 8-10) in Tomaszów, Poland. All distances can be seen live on the site and the app both weekends, and largely on NPO 1 on Saturday and Sunday.
NK in the spirit of European Championships and World Cup
The World Cup cycle comes to a standstill between mid-December and the end of January, but the skating season certainly does not. In the National Championships distances (28-30 December), in addition to the national titles, tickets for the European Championship and World Cup distances are at stake.
The European Championships will be held in Thialf from January 5-7 and will mainly be a prelude to the conclusion of the World Cup season and the World Championship distances.
The skating world is moving to North America for this purpose. From January 26 to 28, a World Cup will be held on the fastest ice rink in the world. The list of world records can be added when Schouten, Jordan Stolz and Jutta Leerdam report to Salt Lake City.
A week later, there will be an introduction to a new ice rink in Quebec, opening in 2021. The last World Cup will take place in Quebec from 2 to 4 February.
World Championship distances in Calgary
The competitions in Quebec are therefore also the last test for the World Cup distances. The world titles by distance will be competed in Calgary from February 15 to 18, it is the highlight of the skating season.
A week later, the National Championships all-round and sprint (23 and 24 February) are the prelude to the final part of the season: the World Championships all-round and sprint in Inzell (7 to 10 March).