On the Norwegian
Skating Associations website you'll find links to live results
during the championship.
More than 200 meida representatives have been accreditated for the
World Sprints. The press stands are nearly as crowded as during
the 1994 Olympics. This overwhelming interest from the media
reflects a pre-Olympic fever 20 days before the opening of the
Games in Salt Lake City.
A capacity crowd of 6,300 provided an enthousiastic athmosphere
during the first day of the championships. The organizers report
that only 1000 tickets are left for Sunday's competitions, and
they expect only a few hundred vacant seats when the first pair of
the ladies' 500 meter starts at noon Sunday.
Bishop – speedskating fan
Among the many visitors in the Vikingschip this weekend is the
Bishop of Hamar, Ms. Rosemarie Köhn. The Bishop is widely known
as a red-hot skating fan. In the stadium are also the Governor of
Hedmark province, Mr. Sigbjørn Johnsen, and the Mayor of Hamar,
Mr. Einar Busterud. During the drawing in the new town hall of Hamar
Friday evening, the Mayor also welcomed ISU representatives, team
leaders and other guests.
#17 to victory!
Belarussian skater Anzhelika Kotyuga advanced from 17th place on
the first 1000 meter of last year's World Sprints to top of the
podium this year. Although she has had some impressive results on
the 1000 meter at the last world cup meets, her victory struck
even the most die-hard experts with surprise.
A majority of the more than 200 officials providing services for
spectators, VIPs, meda, skaters and leaders, have been involved
through Vikingskipets Venner – Friends of the Viking Ship
–, an organization formed after the 1994 Olympics to secure a
non-paid work force for the great variety of events at this famous
arena. Many of the volunteers have been at disposal for the
organizers since the 1993 World Allrounds
Dear friends of Speed Skating!
Hamar has been insolubly associated with speed skating traditions
for more than a hundred years. The first international
championship (European Championship) in Hamar was organized on the
ice of Lake Mjøsa in 1894. In 1895 Hamar hosted the World
Championship, which also took place on the natural frozen lake.
Since then Hamar has been the arena for a great number of World
and European Championships. Firstly on the lake, later at the
decent Hamar Stadium, and in the last years in our modern national
arena for speed skating, Vikingskipet.
For our Dutch speed skating friends it might be interesting to
know that Hamar through many years, from 1954, even was the arena
for the Dutch Championships. Legends like Kees Broekman, Gerhard
Maarse, Wim de Graf and Henk van der Grift were proclaimed Dutch
Champions in Hamar!
Traditions oblige. Hedmark Skating Association, as the organizer
of the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships 2002, has been
working hard for two years to make these championships match our
I am proud to wish friends of speed skating from far and near a
cordial welcome to yet another World Championship in Hamar. This
time the worlds fastest men and women, the sprinters, are going to
find out who are the Champions.
I wish all the competitors the best of luck!
Per H. Nordby
Chairman of Hedmark Skating Association
THE NORWEGIAN SKATING UNION
to a great skating
intention is to host the best skating event in the Viking Ship
Chairman of Hedmark Skating Association, Per Nordby hopes the World
Sprint Championships 2002 will be a great skating festival, and he is
indeed looking forward to welcoming athletes, officials,
spectators and other friends of ice speedskating to Hamar.
Norwegian skating ace Frode Rønning had the honour of unveiling a
statue of the world's fastest skating sprinter ever, Hiroyasu
Shimizu (right). The event took place at the August inline
skating show in the streets of Hamar, starting the downcount to the World Sprint Championships in January.
With 2000 spectators, the event was a great sucsess. Dutch female
skater Wiete Cramer won the finale heat against Norwegian comeback
skater Anette Tønsberg (above left). Norwegian Petter Andersen was
the fastest male.
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