Jordan Stolz, a 19-year-old American, broke his first world record as he continues to rewrite speed skating history.
Stolz clocked a time of 1 minute 5.37 seconds in the 1000m at the 2002 Utah Olympic Oval World Cup outside Salt Lake City.
He lowered the previous record of 1:05.69 set by Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov at the same venue in February 2020. Most speed skating world records are set at the Utah venue because of its altitude and thin air.
“I didn't expect this to happen” Stolz told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “That last lap, man, I was so strong and I was just praying the whole time.
Stolz became the first American to break the individual speed skating world record since Brittany Bowe did it in the women's 1000m in March 2019, also in Utah.
The last American to break the individual world record was Shani Davis in the 1500 m in December 2009, also in Utah.
Last Sunday, Stolz broke the American 1,000m record when he skated to a time of 1:06.27 at the Four Continents Championships in Utah, taking over Davis' record.
Stolz already lowered the American record for 500 m in the previous two seasons.
Last October, he skated the fastest time in the world in the 1500m twice His overall best time in the 1500m — 1:42.26 — ranks him fifth in American history in the event behind Davis (1:41.04), Joey Mantia (1:41.15), Chad Hedrick (1:42.14) and Brian Hansen (1:42.16).
Last season, Stolz became the youngest skater to win a world title and the first to win three individual golds at one world championship, in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.
This weekend's World Cup in Utah continues through Sunday, and Stolz plans to skate in the 500m, 1,500m and another 1,000m. Peacock is broadcasting live.
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