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Feb 18, 2014

Bergsma upsets Kramer to win 10k in another Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Netherlands speed skater Jorrit Bergsma dumped more 10,000 meters heartache on compatriot Sven Kramer by taking an upset gold in a blistering Olympic record time on Tuesday as the Dutch swept another Adler Arena podium.

Bergsma clocked 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds for his 25 laps, smashing the previous mark by a huge 14 seconds and ending only three seconds shy of Kramer’s world record set seven years ago on the high-altitude oval in Salt Lake City.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Bergsma upsets Kramer to win 10k in another Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Jorrit Bergsma dumped more 10,000 metres heartache on compatriot Sven Kramer by taking the men’s 10,000 metres title in a massive Olympic record time in yet another Dutch speed skating clean sweep on Tuesday.

Bergsma clocked 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds for his 25 laps, smashing the previous mark by 14 seconds. Pre-race favourite Kramer looked on course to beat that and even challenge his own 2007 world record but faded late on and had to settle for silver, 4.57 seconds back. Bob de Jong took bronze, almost 23 seconds behind the leader.

Feb 16, 2014

Ter Mors wins gold, but not the one she wanted

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors thought her world had ended when she finished outside the medals in the short track 1,500m on Saturday.

What a difference a day makes.

The 24-year-old, the first woman to compete in both long and short track speed skating at the Olympics, stunned her rivals by winning the long track 1,500m at the Adler Arena on Sunday.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Ter Mors wins gold, but not the one she wanted

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors thought her world had ended when she finished outside the medals in the short track 1,500m on Saturday.

What a difference a day makes.

The 24-year-old, the first woman to compete in both long and short track speed skating at the Olympics, stunned her rivals by winning the long track 1,500m at the Adler Arena on Sunday.

Feb 16, 2014

Speed skating:Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep in 1,500m

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Short track specialist Jorien ter Mors was left in tears of joy after making a mockery of her lack of long track experience to win the Olympic women’s 1,500 meters speed skating title on Sunday, as the Dutch claimed another medal sweep.

A day after finishing fourth in the 1,500m short track final, Ter Mors, the first women to compete in both skating disciplines, clocked an Olympic record one minute, 53.51 seconds on the Adler Arena ice, a time which few of the pre-race favorites threatened.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Jorien ter Mors of Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres speed skating title in an Olympic record time on Sunday as the Dutch once again swept the medals at the Adler Arena.

Ter Mors clocked one minute, 53.51 seconds in the ninth heat of 18 to leave the pre-race favourites an imposing time that few threatened to match.

Feb 16, 2014

Speed skating: U.S. ‘lucky’ to be able to switch suits

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States speed skating team were lucky enough of their athletes brought back-up suits to Sochi so they could ditch their much-maligned Under Armour outfits, coach Michael Kooreman told reporters on Sunday.

The U.S. opted to do away with their ‘Mach 39′ suits after failing to win a medal in the first six skating events at the Adler Arena.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-U.S. “lucky” to be able to switch suits

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The United States speed skating team were lucky enough of their athletes brought back-up suits to Sochi so they could ditch their much-maligned Under Armour outfits, coach Michael Kooreman told reporters on Sunday.

The U.S. opted to do away with their ‘Mach 39′ suits after failing to win a medal in the first six skating events at the Adler Arena.

Feb 15, 2014

U.S. suit switch fails to land first medal

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The U.S. speed skating team were given permission to ditch their high-tech Under Armour outfits by the IOC on Saturday, but the switch failed to change their fortunes as they finished well outside the medals in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Sochi Games.

The International Olympic Committee approved the switch back to skinsuits, made by the same American company and worn before the Winter Olympics, for the remaining six races in Sochi less than an hour before Saturday’s medal event.

Feb 15, 2014

Brodka tells Poles to get skates on after first gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Part-time fireman Zbigniew Brodka demanded an end to the arduous journeys he and other Poles make across Europe looking for speed skating facilities to train on after winning his country’s first Olympic gold in the sport.

The 29-year-old won the men’s 1,500 meters by three thousandths of a second on Saturday to relegate Koen Verweij of Netherlands into the silver medal position and end the Dutch men’s impressive run of three straight golds in Sochi.