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Statistics 2017We can now proudly present complete statistics of all Masters Games from the 1991/1992 season until the 2016/2017 season. The Masters Games were the initial events that led to the establishment of the ISSSC (International Seniors Speed Skating Committee) which later became the IMSSC (International Masters Speed Skating Commitee). Thanks to Magne Teigen (NOR),  ISU Statistician, who took the intiative to compile these statistics, and who has done all the basic work till 2014. I - as the IMSSC Statistician - have contributed to continue his job with extensive checking and supplementary information.

Please find all the Statistics 2017 clicking on Competitions-->Statistics.

Ivar Njos MGS 2016We can now present the updated IMSSC Record List for the season 2015/2016. A number of 18 new IMSSC Records (unofficial Masters’ World Records) were achieved. Kolomna accounts for 8 of these records, while Inzell and Leeuwarden accounts for 3 each, Heerenveen for 2, and Hamar and Baselga di Piné for 1 each. The record from Baselga deserves some extra attention. Ivar Njøs/NOR (in the picture on the outer lane the day before the record), AG 50, raced 500m in 38,47 seconds and set the first outdoor record since 2010 - also that one in Baselga. It shows that when the weather is favourable, outdoor tracks can still offer top skating conditions. The most recent outdoor record still standing is from Davos 2006. The IMSSC Record List 2016 can be found by clicking on Competitions-->Records.

39th IMSSC Session pictureThe 39th IMSSC Session took place in Amsterdam/NED on May 28th, 2016, with the 21 representatives from 16 Nations (AUT, BLR, CAN, ESP, FIN, GER, ITA, JPN, KAZ, LAT, NED, NOR. RUS, SWE, SWI, USA). Sven-Åge Svensson was named as Honorary Member of the IMSSC for his great dedication to the Master movement; but Sven-Åge is still working very hard for IMSSC as Statistician !!! Congratulated for outstanding 18 World Records newly set in 2015-2016 season. Both Masters Games Sprint 2016 (Baselga di Piné/ITA in February) and Masters Games Allround 2016 (Leeuwarden/NED in March)  had great success, 104 skaters from 14 Nations in Baselga di Piné and 200 skaters from 16 Nations in Leeuwarden/NED. This coming season Masters’ Allround Games 2017, hosted by Fort St.John/CAN, was assigned to overall 200 participants (the nation quota is CAN 40, FIN 7, GER 15, ITA 8, JPN 5, NED 46, NOR 46, RUS 5, USA 10, Others 18) while Masters’ Sprint Games 2017 in Inzell/GER was assigned to overall 220 participants (the nation quota is CAN 6, FIN 8, GER 40, ITA 13, KAZ 5, NED 72, NOR 36, RUS 22, SWI 5, USA 3, Others 10) Netherlands was awarded to Masters’ Sprint Games 2019 while no application were received for Masters’ Allround Games in 2019. Others proposals and outstanding issues were thoroughly discussed and voted to move on to new season. Next session, 40th IMSSC Session, is scheduled on June 10th (Sat) in Amsterdam/NED. See you all again in 2017 !

heerenveen 2016On 15th March and 19th/20th March 2016 the 12th Masters’ International Speed Skating Long Distance Races and the 8th Masters’ International Sprint took place in Heerenveen/NED. With the World Cup Final in the weekend before in Heerenveen, we could count on very good ice conditions. And there was !!! This and the enthusiasm of the participants made we had two great tournaments. For the Long Distance Races there were in totally 31 participants: 11 men 10km, 1 lady 10km, 8 men 5km, 2 ladies 5km, 8 men 3km and 1 lady 3km. For the Sprint there were 24 participants (8 ladies and 16 men). Unfortunately, there were not many competitors from abroad, maybe caused by having the Masters’ Allround Games 2016 already in the Netherlands a week before.


MAG2016 2The 25th Masters Allround Games were held on 4th until 6th March 2016 in the 11Stedenhal speedskating hall in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. More than 200 participants from 16 countries were competing during three days. On Thursday March 3rd the event was opened by the deputy mayor of Leeuwarden and a “back stage view” on the 11Stedentocht by the president of the 11Stedenvereniging and a kind of simulation of the 11Stedentocht with snacks and drinks in the Community Hall of Leeuwarden.

MAG2016 1Big success at the 25th Masters' Allround Games in Leeuwarden/NED!  
Here the results for Ladies and Men:

25th master allround games - ladies final resuls.pdf

25th master allround games - men final resuls.pdf

MGS 2016 4In a snowfall, the third and last day of the International Sprint Games in Baselga di Piné was held, with acceptable ice conditions. Ladies and Men from 60 to 75 age groups raced today, concluding their last two 500m and 1,000m distances

(photo P.Bernardi)The second-day races of the Sprint Games in Baselga di Pinè developed in a slight snow. Ladies and Men from 55 to 30 age groups concluded their effort, globally with success, and AG65-60 Ladies and Men raced their first two distances.

MGS 2016 2Opening day today, February 26th, 2016, for the International Sprint Games in Baselga di Pinè, Trento, Italy, in a shining sun and some wind. It was the turn of Ladies and Men from 55 to 30 age groups, with their first two distances of 500m and 1,000m. 14 Nations were represented (ITA, NED, RUS, CAN, GER, AUS, FIN, JAP, NOR, KAZ, SWI, USA, ESP and GBR), for a total of about 110 athletes, of whom 25 Ladies.  

10th Masters RevivalOn February 20th and 21st the 10th Masters’ Revival was held in Baselga di Pinè (Trento, Italy), in a beautiful Italian sun. More skaters than usual took part in it, coming from Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Finland, Spain and the United Kingdom. More athletes were also part of the Italian Master team, which is particularly substancial this year.

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