We can now present the updated IMSSC Record List for the season 2015/2016. A number of 18 new IMSSC Records (unofficial Masters’ World Records) were achieved. Kolomna accounts for 8 of these records, while Inzell and Leeuwarden accounts for 3 each, Heerenveen for 2, and Hamar and Baselga di Piné for 1 each. The record from Baselga deserves some extra attention. Ivar Njøs/NOR (in the picture on the outer lane the day before the record), AG 50, raced 500m in 38,47 seconds and set the first outdoor record since 2010 - also that one in Baselga. It shows that when the weather is favourable, outdoor tracks can still offer top skating conditions. The most recent outdoor record still standing is from Davos 2006. The IMSSC Record List 2016 can be found by clicking on Competitions-->Records.
The 39th IMSSC Session took place in Amsterdam/NED on May 28th, 2016, with the 21 representatives from 16 Nations (AUT, BLR, CAN, ESP, FIN, GER, ITA, JPN, KAZ, LAT, NED, NOR. RUS, SWE, SWI, USA). Sven-Åge Svensson was named as Honorary Member of the IMSSC for his great dedication to the Master movement; but Sven-Åge is still working very hard for IMSSC as Statistician !!! Congratulated for outstanding 18 World Records newly set in 2015-2016 season. Both Masters Games Sprint 2016 (Baselga di Piné/ITA in February) and Masters Games Allround 2016 (Leeuwarden/NED in March) had great success, 104 skaters from 14 Nations in Baselga di Piné and 200 skaters from 16 Nations in Leeuwarden/NED. This coming season Masters’ Allround Games 2017, hosted by Fort St.John/CAN, was assigned to overall 200 participants (the nation quota is CAN 40, FIN 7, GER 15, ITA 8, JPN 5, NED 46, NOR 46, RUS 5, USA 10, Others 18) while Masters’ Sprint Games 2017 in Inzell/GER was assigned to overall 220 participants (the nation quota is CAN 6, FIN 8, GER 40, ITA 13, KAZ 5, NED 72, NOR 36, RUS 22, SWI 5, USA 3, Others 10). Netherlands was awarded to Masters’ Sprint Games 2019 while no application were received for Masters’ Allround Games in 2019. Others proposals and outstanding issues were thoroughly discussed and voted to move on to new season. Next session, 40th IMSSC Session, is scheduled on June 10th (Sat) in Amsterdam/NED. See you all again in 2017 !
On 15th March and 19th/20th March 2016 the 12th Masters’ International Speed Skating Long Distance Races and the 8th Masters’ International Sprint took place in Heerenveen/NED. With the World Cup Final in the weekend before in Heerenveen, we could count on very good ice conditions. And there was !!! This and the enthusiasm of the participants made we had two great tournaments. For the Long Distance Races there were in totally 31 participants: 11 men 10km, 1 lady 10km, 8 men 5km, 2 ladies 5km, 8 men 3km and 1 lady 3km. For the Sprint there were 24 participants (8 ladies and 16 men). Unfortunately, there were not many competitors from abroad, maybe caused by having the Masters’ Allround Games 2016 already in the Netherlands a week before.
The 25th Masters Allround Games were held on 4th until 6th March 2016 in the 11Stedenhal speedskating hall in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. More than 200 participants from 16 countries were competing during three days. On Thursday March 3rd the event was opened by the deputy mayor of Leeuwarden and a “back stage view” on the 11Stedentocht by the president of the 11Stedenvereniging and a kind of simulation of the 11Stedentocht with snacks and drinks in the Community Hall of Leeuwarden.
Big success at the 25th Masters' Allround Games in Leeuwarden/NED!
Here the results for Ladies and Men:
In a snowfall, the third and last day of the International Sprint Games in Baselga di Piné was held, with acceptable ice conditions. Ladies and Men from 60 to 75 age groups raced today, concluding their last two 500m and 1,000m distances
The second-day races of the Sprint Games in Baselga di Pinè developed in a slight snow. Ladies and Men from 55 to 30 age groups concluded their effort, globally with success, and AG65-60 Ladies and Men raced their first two distances.
Opening day today, February 26th, 2016, for the International Sprint Games in Baselga di Pinè, Trento, Italy, in a shining sun and some wind. It was the turn of Ladies and Men from 55 to 30 age groups, with their first two distances of 500m and 1,000m. 14 Nations were represented (ITA, NED, RUS, CAN, GER, AUS, FIN, JAP, NOR, KAZ, SWI, USA, ESP and GBR), for a total of about 110 athletes, of whom 25 Ladies.
On February 20th and 21st the 10th Masters’ Revival was held in Baselga di Pinè (Trento, Italy), in a beautiful Italian sun. More skaters than usual took part in it, coming from Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Finland, Spain and the United Kingdom. More athletes were also part of the Italian Master team, which is particularly substancial this year.
According to the 25th Masters' Allround Games to be held in Leeuwarden/NED from March 4th till March 6th 2016, please find here the latest version (v7) of the relevant announcement.
According to the 25th Masters' Allround Games that will be held in Leeuwarden/NED from March 4th till March 6th 2016, please find here the official updated list of participants that will updated every week.
The 16th Annual All Japan Masters Speed Skating Championship took place at Fujikyu Seiko Oval in Yamanashi on January 15th and 16th. Fujikyu Seiko Oval was named because it was home ice rink of Seiko Hashimoto, current chairwoman of Japan Skate Federation. The beautiful outlined Mt. Fuji with blue sky welcome total 73 skaters, including 6 ladies, from all over Japan, especially Mr Iichi Marumo from Nagano, who participated his first time in this event as age 86, born in April 1929, the active oldest speed skater in Japan history.
Next year this event will take place in FUKUSHIMA!
The 39th IMSSC Session will be held in Amsterdam on May 28th 2016. All the IMSSC Members, their Deputies and Assistants are invited. Please find the invitation clicking on IMSSC/Session and then on "39th IMSSC Session - documents". In the picture, all the participants of the 38th IMSSC Session.
"...Happy birthday, dear Ivan, happy birthday to you!"- it was a great surprise for Ivan Uzubkin to hear all participate masters around him singing a birthday song especially for himself, our 85 years young "Ice hero...". The final results of the 19th Sprint Classics held in Inzell/GER on January 23rd and 24th 2016 are available below19th sprint classics - final results.pdf
-12°C at Friday, rain in the morning and +5°C by the beginning of a sprint competition on Saturday 1 p.m. with nearly 110 participants from 10 Countries. Fortunately there is in Inzell a fantastic Speed-Skating-Arena with optimal air- and ice conditions, so the skaters can always have good possibilities to break PB or higher records. Unfortunately was the only ice preparation on the 1st day after the quartet starts about 500 m. Because of that many starters was astonished...
The 12th Masters International Single Distance Races continued in Hamar/NOR on Sunday. Morning outside temperature was -20 degrees Celsius, and the famous «Vikingskipet» was set in beautiful frosty surroundings. Inside it was a lot warmer, and the conditions were good but not quite top. Anyhow the skaters made another 134 Sesons Best, 14 Personal Bests and 1 IMSSC Record! The latter was made by Arne Kjell Foldvik/NOR (AG80) on the combination 500/3000/1500/5000 with 223,510 points.
The12th Masters’ International Single Distance Races started in Hamar/NOR today. The Olympic venue Vikingskipet could offer good conditions to the 100 master skaters from GBR, GER, ITA, NED, NOR, SWE and UKR. According to Speaker and Statistician Kjell Rune Kristiansen there were 129 Seasons Best and 9 Personal Best. There were no new IMSSC Records, but Ivar Njøs (AG50) was very close with 39,19 (against 39,04).
In a beautiful sun, last October 31st, 2015, the new 2015-16 Masters' long-track season was opened in Baselga di Pinè, Trento, Italy.
The Italian Master Movement is looking forward to welcoming teams from all over the world next February 2016 in Baselga di Piné for the 10th Master's Revival (Feb.20th and 21st) and for the 8th Masters' Sprint Games (Feb.26th, 27th and 28th) !!!
The 2015-2016 IMSSC competition calendar is available here 2015-2016 imssc calendar v.4.pdf
Some announcements are just published on this website under the section "Competitions": please note that the registrations to the IMSSC competitions will be allowed only from October 1st 2015.
Magne Teigen, Norwegian ISU Statistician, died Saturday September 12th at the University Hospital of Oslo. He reached 71 years of age. Magne will be known to you as the person who took the initiative to, and did all the basic compilation of, the complete results of all Masters Games from 1991/1992 until last season. These statistics were published on the IMSSC website this summer.
Referring to the MIST 2016 (Master International Short Track 2016) and after deep investigation of Rossella Sardi, IMSSC Member for Italy, and other Short Track experts, unfortunately we have to communicate that this competition will not be held in Italy due to logistic difficulties. Then we invite other Nations and Associations to organize the 2016 edition of this important Master Short Track competition.
We can now proudly present complete statistics of all Masters Games from the 1991/1992 season until the 2014/2015 season. The Masters Games were the initial events that led to the establishment of the ISSSC (International Seniors Speed Skating Committee) which later became the IMSSC (International Masters Speed Skating Commitee). Thanks to Magne Teigen (NOR), ISU Statistician, who took the intiative last year to compile these statistics, and who has done all the basic work. I - as the IMSSC Statistician - have contributed with extensive checking and supplementary information.
Please find all the Statistics 2015 clicking on Competitions-->Statistics.
The Mongolian Masters were present at the Winter World Master Games held in Quebec City (Canada) on February 2015. The IMSSC Vice President, Brett Arnason, is among some of them in the picture where we can also recognize Oyuntsetseg Nanjid, Chief of International relations of the Mongolian Masters Association. We will see them for sure in the IMSSC competitions next season.
Congratulations to all the Mongolian Masters!
Thanks God, now we skate under cover, because from Friday till Monday was very strong wind. I looked up at the fluttering flags and remembered with a shudder chime flagpoles on Medeo, which signaled that today will be hard race. But it was all outside and inside the ice were heated battle on the beautiful Kolomenskoye ice. 112 skaters from 11 countries competed for awards on individual distances. 207 best results of the season - this is a good level!
March 21st and 22nd , 2015 in skating center of Moscow region "Kolomna the7th Masters’ International Sprint Games. On the fast Kolomna ice 120 athletes (including 49 foreign) from 14 countries: Russia, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Finland, Belarus, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand and Japan.
Tomoko Wakazuki, a young master girl, took off her 500m race to open 15thAnnual All Japan Masters Speedskating Competition (Singled Distance) on February 14 & 15 in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, 600km north from Tokyo. Including an oldest master, 80 years old, seventy skate-lovers got together to the Japan’s most famous windy-chilly-outdoor rink from all over Japan. Especially this weekend, unseasonal heavy snow storm prevented all skaters to break their own best record. 500m and 1500m were scheduled on first day while 1000m and 3000m were done on 2ndday. It was happening that Kazuo Seki, the world famous Japan’s master skater, was beaten by younger fellow Eiki Kawashima in 500m and 1000m. “I still do not believe that I have beaten our “god skater”.” Kawashima said after the race.
The 18th Master Cup took place on the Feb.14th and 15th 2015 in the Sportforum in Berlin/GER. Because of injuries and diseases of many active, the field was quite manageable. In the AG25-60 were 10 women and in the AG30-70 were 36men of the following 5 Nations: SWE, NOR, NED, USA, GER. Nevertheless, the mood of the athletes was very pleasant and the quality of the ice showed its best side. The first day of competition ended already after three successful hours. The second day of the competition showed up in its clarity, so that all men in the AG30-60 were allowed to run the 5.000m. In spring-like temperatures, the event ended with the victory of Germany I in the men's Team Pursuit. Results available here 18th master cup - results.pdf
Roy Withney (in the picture) from Calgary/CAN, 87 year old, is definitely one of the best memories of these 24th Masters' Allround Games !!! He is the symbol of passion for a sport, the determination to reach a goal, a real Master !!! Little younger, we find Arne Foldvik/NOR M80 that set 5 records in those 3 days of competitions, congratulations !!! From oldest to youngest we find 24 new world records, really a great competition...