Rising Star Jordan Stolz Claims Three Medals And Two Records In Historic Weekend In Calgary
by Paul D. Bowker
All that training time back in Utah paid off for rising U.S. speedskating star Jordan Stolz this past weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
The 2022 Olympian won the Men’s 1000m, set Junior World and American records in a race he didn’t win, and reached the podium in all three individual distances he competed in. He emerged with one Gold medal and two Silver medals.
An 18-year-old from Wisconsin, Stolz powered through the final lap of his victory Sunday in the Men’s 1000m and pumped his fist after the performance. He won the race with a time of 1 minute, 6.72, missing a personal best by just .25 seconds and defeating Olympic champion Thomas Krol of the Netherlands by .44 seconds.
“When I was in Salt Lake, I was training a lot more, and when I got here we only had one day, so I was kind of tired,” Stolz said of his arrival last week for the first of Calgary’s two World Cup weekends, and a competition in which he didn’t win any medals.
The next week was certainly different.
“Definitely, four days of rest … really helped,” he said.
Stolz’s trio of medal performances highlighted a huge weekend for U.S. speed skaters in which six medals were won and two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist Brittany Bowe almost grabbed a seventh. Erin Jackson, the 2022 Olympic Gold medalist, won two medals, as did 2022 Olympian Kimi Goetz.
Stolz, who became the youngest man to win an individual World Cup race in the season opener in Stavanger, Norway, in November, began his weekend with a second-place finish in the Men’s 1500m. His time of 1:43.19 left him .60 seconds behind winner Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands, the two-time reigning Olympic Champion.
Then, on Saturday, he won a Silver medal in the 500m. His time of 34.08 seconds broke Junior World and American records, and was just .01 seconds behind winner Kim Jun-Ho of South Korea.
Jackson reached the podium in the Women’s 500m for the first time this season, finishing third with a time of 37.35 seconds.
Goetz also won an individual Bronze medal, finishing third in the Women’s 1000m with a time of 1:13.58 and medaling at that distance for the second straight week. Goetz won her first career World Cup Silver medal at 1000m last week. Goetz also finished sixth in the 500m.
Jackson and Goetz teamed up with McKenzie Browne to win the Women’s Team Sprint with a time of 1:25.68, beating host Canada by .05 seconds.
Bowe missed a podium in the Women’s 1500m by just .22 seconds, finishing fourth behind Nadezhda Morozova of Kazakhstan.
Mia Manganello-Kilburg, who won a Silver medal in the Women’s Mass Start a week ago, finished ninth to pick up another top-10 finish in the event.
Ethan Cepuran, a 2022 Olympian who has won two World Cup Gold medals this year with Emery Lehman and Casey Dawson in Men’s Team Pursuit, finished fifth in the Men’s Mass Start. Dawson finished third in the Division B 10000m.
Austin Kleba, Cooper McLeod and Conor McDermott-Mostowy finished sixth in the Men’s Team Sprint.
The World Cup tour is off until February when the schedule resumes in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Feb. 10-12.