According to Speedskatingstats.com, in a statement blowout victory to open the season, American speed skater Jordan Stolz became the youngest man in history to win an individual World Cup speed skating event. Stolz set the record in a race that he won to open the season.
Stolz, who is only 18 years old, set a new track record when he won the 1500-meter race in Stavanger, Norway, in 1 minute 44.891 seconds. After finishing 1.76 seconds ahead of Canada’s Connor Howe, the runner-up, Howe commented a few minutes later that he was “a little bit flabbergasted” by his performance.
Stolz became the youngest man ever to win an individual World Cup race, surpassing Peter Adeberg of Germany, who held the record since 1986. According to Speedskatingstats.com, the only younger woman to win was South Korean Lee Sang-Hwa, who won the Olympic 500-meter event twice and is a two-time winner.
Stolz told the Dutch broadcasting company NOS that the event was “wild.” “I had no idea how everything was going to turn out,” she said. Going into the race, I didn’t set any goals for myself.
Stolz’s victory margin was more than the gap that existed between Howe in second place and the skater from the Netherlands, Thomas Krol, who finished in 16th position. Krol won the Olympic 1000-meter and 1500-meter events back in February.
During the previous season, Stolz skated his way to becoming the third-youngest male speed skater to ever compete for the United States in the Olympic Games
He set new junior world records in both the 500- and 1000-meter distances. At the Olympics, he ran the 500-meter and the 1000-meter events and finished 13th and 14th, respectively. At the Olympic Trials, he did not compete in the 1500-meter race.
Men’s 500-meter and 1000-meter races for the Stavanger World Cup will be broadcast live on Peacock on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. If Stolz finishes in the first half of the 500m schedule for lower-ranked skaters, he will also compete in the 5000m later on Saturday, according to Stolz.
Few skaters compete in the smallest sprint, the 500m, all the way up to the second-longest men’s race, the 5000m. When asked what distances he intended to compete in at the world championships in March, Stolz grinned.
He replied, “All of them,” but added that he might not run the 10,000 meters.
That still brings to mind Eric Heiden, who won the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m gold medals at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
Like Heiden, Stolz is a native of Wisconsin; he told NOS on Friday, “I always think about him.” “I wouldn’t compare it at all,” the author said. “What he did was very much near impossible.”
Apolo Ohno’s short track performance at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver served as a speed skating inspiration for Stolz. The pond behind the family’s home in the Milwaukee suburb of Stolz was then cleared by Stolz’s father for skating.
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