At the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Kolomna, Russia, the Netherlands took home the top spot on the medal tally, with six golds and 16 overall to outpace second-place Russia's six overall. While the Dutch team featured double-gold medalists on both the men's side (with Sven Kramer in the 5000m and 10000m races) and the women's (Jorien Ter Mors, 1000m and 1500m), it was the USA's Brittany Bowe who brought home the most individual hardware, with a silver and two bronze across the 500m through 1500, events to lead the Americans to their third-place, five-medal performance. Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov and the Czech Republic's Martina Sablokova were the other double-gold medalists, winning in the men's 500m and 1000m, and women's 3000m and 5000m, respectively.
The Altenberg stop on the World Cup circuit this weekend also counted as the European Championships, and Germany rose to the occasion once more, winning all four events (men's and women's singles, doubles, and team relay, just as they had last month at the World Championships. Leading the way, of course, was Felix Loch, winner of the last five World and last five World Cup race titles, whose victory at this stop also secured this year's overall World Cup trophy. Veteran Tatjana Hufner took advantage of off-form compatriot Natalie Geisenberger to win the women's title, while Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken took the doubles.