Jordan Stolz goes into speed skating worlds on a winning streak
Jordan Stolz won four World Cup races for a second consecutive weekend to go into the world speed skating championships on a dominant streak.
Stolz, a 19-year-old from Wisconsin, won a 1000m on Friday, a 500m and a 1500m on Saturday and a 500m on Sunday in the last World Cup stop of the season in Quebec.
That came a week after Stolz won a 500m, two 1000m and a 1500m at a World Cup in Salt Lake City, including breaking his first world record in the 1000m.
Stolz earned 10 total individual World Cup wins this season, giving him 14 for his career, third-most in U.S. men’s history behind Olympic champions Shani Davis (58) and Dan Jansen (46).
Next up are the world championships in Calgary from Feb. 15-18 airing live on Peacock.
“I’m going to need a little bit of rest after this going into the worlds, but hopefully I can keep my condition,” Stolz told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
At last year’s worlds, Stolz became the youngest skater to win a world title and the first man to win three individual golds at a single world championships, sweeping the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.
Olympic gold medalist Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands, who was the closest silver medalist to Stolz at last year’s worlds, missed the Quebec World Cup.
Nuis fell after a race in Salt Lake City, posted that he was fine afterward and skipped Quebec with an eye on worlds in Calgary.
Olympic gold medalist Thomas Krol of the Netherlands, who took 2023 World 1000m silver behind Stolz, did not make the Dutch team for worlds.
Americans Erin Jackson and Kimi Goetz have also won World Cup races this season, giving the U.S. a potent lineup going into worlds.