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In the Russian Ural mountains begins on november 18 in Chelyabinsk international skating season 2011-2012 with the first World Cup. In the Netherlands, the first major contest on november 4 in the programme; NK distances in Heerenveen Thialf Stadium. New this season, this year both the mass start as teamsprinten, which are discussed in this article

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The Exhibition Start
The mass start is this season for the first time held in official international competitions. Several riders start simultaneously and skating, essentially a small Marathon of 20 rounds for men and 15 yards. At the previous Championships, but sometimes a bunch sprint on respectively 35 and 25 laps or just with fewer rounds. The mass start is at the WORLD CUP, but has not yet on the next WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS or the Olympics.
Team Sprint
The team sprint is a variant of the already established team pursuit and mass start as preliminary only in World Cup races were held. At the World Cup finals last year in the Thialf has already implemented a trial with the team sprint as a demonstration, at that time not only very kind with regard to the individual distances. A team consists that the pursuit of three skaters from a country of two Nations against each other. There are three laps, whereby after the first and second rounds of a skater leaving the track. The remaining 3. Skater set the fastest time.
World Cup Matches

The battle for the WORLD CUP, officially the Essent ISU World Cup speed skating, are fought over seven weekends together with different distances. Driving is about five individual distances and the quest for national teams, World Single Distance CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Distances per WORLD CUP this weekend:
Distribution of mileage per weekend are as follows:

  • Chelyabinsk; 2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000/5000 m * and power
  • Astana; 2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000/5000 m, and mass start
  • Heerenveen; 2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 5000/10,000, power and teamsprinten
  • Salt Lake City; 2 x 2 x 500 m and 1, 000
  • Hamar; 1500 m, 3000/5000 m, and operate
  • Heerenveen; 2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 5000/10,000, mass start and teamsprinten
  • Berlin; the 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000/5000 m and pursuit 15 km mass start
    * = Women driver 3 km and the men’s 5 km on the same weekend, the same goes for 5 km for men and 10 km for men.
    The number of matches per distance varies so widely, from 11 times in 500 metres to 2 times at 5 kilometers for women and 10 km for men. Due to the limited number of competitions over the longest distances the individual rankings for the two longest distances are combined into one classification.
    Gers Verde World Cup title in 2011:
    Men:
  • 500 m; Kang-Seok Lee
  • 1,000; Stefan Groothuis
  • 1,500; Shani Davis
  • 5/10 km; Bob de Jong
  • Chase; Norway

Women:

  • 500 m; Jenny Wolf
  • 1,000; Heather Richardson
  • 1,500; Christine Nesbitt
  • 3/5 km; Martina Sáblíková
  • Chase; Netherlands

World Distances

The World Cup will distance from 22 to 25 March, will be held in Heerenveen. World Single Distance CHAMPIONSHIPS held annually since 1996 and since 2005 also the team run a part of the program.
Rule the world champion skates distance with the men:

  • 500 m: Lee Kang-seok
  • 1,000: Shani Davis
  • 1500 m: Håvard Bøkko
  • 5,000 m: Bob de Jong
  • 10,000: Bob de Jong
  • Pursuit: The United States Of America

Rule the world champion skating a distance of women:

  • 500 m: Jenny Wolf
  • 1,000: Christine Nesbitt
  • 1500 m: Ireen Wüst
  • 3,000: Ireen Wüst
  • 5000 m: Martina Sáblíková
  • Pursuit: Canada

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