Olympic speed skating trials kick off in the United States Wednesday January 5 (1/5/2022), as the nation’s top athletes vie for a spot on the United States squad for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing next month.
Trials begin at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a field filled with medal potential. Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson and Joey Mantia are all ranked No. 1 in the world in their respective best distances, and they will compete for spots on a shortlist of seven men and five women.
Mia Kilburg has already secured an Olympic spot on the women’s team by winning the first two mass start races of a three-race series, which is expected to culminate in practice.
Trials end with the mass start on Sunday and the Olympic Winter Games begin on Friday February 4. Here’s a schedule for the week (every hour ET):
- Wednesday 1/5 – 3000 meters women, 5000 meters men – 6 p.m. in the USA. Broadcast on fuboTV, Sling, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
- Thursday 1/6 – 1000m men and women – 7 p.m. in the United States. Broadcast on fuboTV, Sling, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
- Fri 1/7 – 500m men & women – 6pm in the USA. Broadcast on fuboTV, Sling, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
- Sat, 1/8 – 1500m men and women, 4pm US. Broadcast on fuboTV, Sling, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
- Sun, 1/9 – Highlights – 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Broadcast on fuboTV, peacock, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
- Sun, 1/9 – Mass start men & women – 5:30 p.m. in USA. Broadcast on fuboTV, Sling, DirectTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
How to Live Stream the Olympic Speed Skating USA Trials for FREE
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Article by Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Olympic speed skating trials will go without fans or media due to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.
US Speedskating made the announcement on Monday, just two days before practice began at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee.
The practice, which ends on Sunday, will determine the long track team that will represent the United States at the Beijing Games. The short track team was put together last month during separate testing in Salt Lake City.
The Beijing Olympics are set to begin on February 4 despite a surprising increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.
“It is essential that we continue to focus on the health and well-being of our athletes,” said Ted Morris, Executive Director of US Speedskating. “Our ability to create a competitive bubble gives us the best possible situation to protect our athletes while giving them the opportunity to qualify for the Beijing team at the Olympic trials.”
All media coverage will be done virtually.
“We value the understanding of parents, fans and the media so that we can provide the best possible environment for our athletes,” said Morris.
Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson and Joey Mantia, all from Ocala, Florida, are the main contenders for Team USA‘s medals.
Bowe and Mantia are program veterans looking to compete in their third Olympics. Bowe won the bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Jackson, who competed in her first Olympics four years ago, has become one of the best sprinters in the world, become the first black american woman win a World Cup title this season.
The short track team includes 2018 Olympians Maame Biney and Ryan Pivirotto. The other short trackers will make their Olympic debuts in Beijing: Kristen Santos, Corinne Stoddard, Julie Letai, Eunice Lee and Andrew Heo.
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