Long Track Racing Wraps up at the Utah Olympic Oval

by US Speedskating

Racing wrapped up this weekend at the Utah Olympic Oval with the American Cup Final, the US Open Masters Championships and Champions Challenge. This was the last long track competition of the 2021-22 Olympic season.

The competition opened with the Men’s and Women’s 500m (1) and (2), the Women’s 3000m and Men’s 5000m events on Friday. The top of the podium was highlighted by 2021-22 World Cup skaters
Cooper McLeod (Kirkland, WA) and Sarah Warren (Willowbrook, IL) coming in first in both 500m events. For the 3000m, Greta Myers (Minneapolis, MN) took the top spot with a new personal best time of (4.18.43). Myers recently returned from the 2022 Junior World Championships that took place in Innsbruck, Austria. 

Finishing out the first day of the competition was 2022 Olympic Bronze Medalist,
Casey Dawson (Park City, UT) who finished just under 25 seconds ahead of second place.

I would have to say that it was a great race to end off the season with. I’m happy that I chose to skate another 5k because I wasn’t able to skate the one in Beijing,” remarked the recently returned Olympian Casey Dawson. “I wanted to cap off the already awesome season feeling good, skating a 5k on home ice, and just set me up going into next season.

Day two of racing held the Men’s and Women’s 1500m and Team Pursuit. On the women’s side it was Sarah Warren who took the top spot again, with a time of (1.59.81). For the men, 2021 World Championship skater
Conor McDermott-Mostowy (Washington, D.C.) skated the fastest time of the day in the 1500m with a time of (1.45.50). 

The final day of racing rounded out with the Men’s and Women’s 1000m and Mass Start Elimination Race. Sarah Warren took her final win of the weekend, going three-for-three in top podium finishes. Taking his second win of the weekend, McDermott-Mostowy won on the men’s side with a time of (1.08.92). McDermott-Mostowy also went on to win the Mass Start Elimination Race, almost a full two-seconds ahead of the field. For the women, Greta Myers crossed the line in the number one position, taking her second win of the weekend.

The Utah Olympic Oval was filled with skaters from around the world ranging from youth to master level skaters, setting new personal best times to finish off the season strong. There was a National Record set for Brazil, two Junior National Records were broken for Colombia, 117 personal bests, and 144 season bests were set.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, coaches and officials for helping make the last competition of the season a great one!

Click here to view results from AmCup Final and the Champions Challenge, and click here for results from the Open Masters Championships.