The ISU European Speed Skating Championships are being hosted this year in Heerenveen, Netherlands and the British duo, Cornelius Kersten & Ellia Smeding, have been training throughout the holiday period to prepare.
The action kicks off on Friday the 5th of January with Cornelius skating first in the Men’s 1000m. Saturday and Sunday are also jam packed with Ellia skating the 500m & 1500m on the Saturday and then the 1000m on the Sunday before Cornelius rounds up the weekend in the 500m.
Going into this competition both skaters are ranked highly with Ellia within the world's top 10 for the 1000m.
Ellia commented: “Looking forward to getting back into racing this weekend at the European Championships after a good block of training. It will be great to race in a full Thialf and I am aiming to put down some strong performances.”
The schedule for the weekend is as follows, and you can catch all the action on the ISU YouTube channel.
FRIDAY, 5th JANUARY 2024
18:35 Team Sprint Women
18:51 Team Pursuit Men
19:26 3000m Women
20:30 1000m Men - Cornelius Kersten
SATURDAY, 6th JANUARY 2024
13:30 Team Sprint Men
13:46 500m Women - Ellia Smeding
14:29 5000m Men
16:03 1500m Women - Ellia Smeding
SUNDAY, 7th JANUARY 2024
13:15 Team Pursuit Women
13:37 1500m Men
14:31 1000m Women - Ellia Smeding
15:19 500m Men - Ellia Smeding
16:06 Mass Start Women
16:29 Mass Start Men
Image courtesy of ISU International Skating Union