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heywoodu

Speed Skating 2018 - 2019 Discussion Thread

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1 minute ago, heywoodu said:

Although the level in the 500m is just sad, but alright, that's nothing new among Dutch women :p 

It is, but for example at the 2017 world championships we were represented by Ter Mors (27 at the time), Van den Brandt (26) and Das (31). At the Olympics Van Beek (26) replaced Van den Brandt. All of them past their mid-20s.

 

Now we are represented by Beuling (18), Leerdam (19) and Stollenga (23), who all have a lot of room for improvement.

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6 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Although the level in the 500m is just sad, but alright, that's nothing new among Dutch women :p 

 

Minus Margot Boer. :p

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1 minute ago, dcro said:

 

Minus Margot Boer. :p

Yeah and Marianne Timmer was good back in her days, but they are exceptions :p 

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1:07.95 for Kjeld Nuis and 1:08.03 for Thomas Krol :bowdown:

 

The 2nd and 4th fastest times ever in Heerenveen.

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Dai Dai Ntab again just missing out. 6th place on the 1.000 metres, while he needed a top 5 spot to qualify for the first World Cups.

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I think it's safe to say Roest is the skater of the week(end). He is already making Kramer look like an amateur all-round skater this way :lol: 

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A lot of new names in the US team, especially on the men’s side.

 

I would be surprised if anyone other than Bowe or Mantia would win a medal this season, apart maybe from the mass start lottery. 

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vor 9 Stunden schrieb Dennis:

Exactly, another 30-year old. Which is fine, if that 30-year old is world class, but 4:12 in Inzell isn't world class at all. And looking at the results, there are no youngsters coming through.

It's always a bad sign when a country is dominant in a sport that is mostly about endurance. Germany used to dominate when the GDR methods were still around.

Germany also used to be dominant in men's cross-country skiing, but thank god those times are over. Noone should ruin his/her health for some performances that noone will care about anymore in a year or so. Now it's much more difficult to dope systematically in Germany. Other countries like GB (cycling), Norway (cross-country) or the Netherlands (speed skating, cycling) seem to be willing to do everything if it helps their chances. It's just sad that most of the people in those countries aren't even remotely objective when it comes to judging how realistic it is that their own athletes are clean. You also have to ask yourself how happy those athlete will be once they retire. If you are willing to risk your life just to be able to say "I am the best in random sport XY", then how are you ever supposed to be happy with yourself once you have to retire and live a real life where you can't just cheat your way to success?

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