Minsk hosted the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating on February 10-12. Hosts Belarus were left without medals. The event was well-prepared in advance. Athletes and officials of the International Skating Union noted the high level of the event. Participants were also pleased with the arena but many said the ice cover was too soft.
The competition presented some unexpected results. For example, Russians for the first time the women's team race. Among the winners with the largest number of medals were Korea, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. Belarusians, alas, remained without medals, however, they still have some time to prepare for the next season, when Olympic licenses will be contested.
Ekaterina Konstantinova, Russian national short track team:
A bunch of emotions! Before this World Cup we could not qualify for the World Championship. For the first time did we enter the main finals and immediately won gold. This is something incredible.
Netherlands national short track team:
Just one month is left before the World Cup, which will take place at home, in the Netherlands, so we had here a great start to the season. We worked a lot, so it would be nice to keep the same level in the future.