British Olympic Association selects GB team’s first long track speed skater for 30 years


Just one month away from the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the selection of a long track speed skater for the first time since 1992.

Cornelius Kersten would become the first speed skater to represent the GB team in 30 years when he stepped onto the ice at the National Speed ​​Skating Oval in Beijing.

Kersten finished 11th in the 1000m at the World Cup. Photo credit: Vincent Riemersma

His selection comes after a brilliant series of World Cups which secured him places in two events at the Games. He became the first British speed skater in 36 years to record a top 10 at a World Cup with a ninth place finish in the Norwegian leg of the competition in November.

He repeatedly set personal and national records throughout the World Cup series, ultimately finishing in 11th place overall.

The 27-year-old will make his Olympic debut in the 1000m and 1500m.

Kersten, said; “I am so happy to be selected for the GB team. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that my hard work has paid off and it will be an honor to stand on the starting line in Beijing. All the pieces came together this year to make my childhood dream come true.

GB Team Beijing 2022 Chef de Mission Georgina Harland said: “With just one month away from the Beijing 2022 opening ceremony, we are delighted to welcome Cornelius to the GB team. It’s incredibly exciting to see him represent the GB team in long track speed skating, not having qualified a skater in this discipline since 1992.

Photo credit: Vincent Riemersma

Jon Eley, Performance and Talent Manager at British Ice Skating, said: “Cornelius has had an incredible season and his Olympic selection tops it off.

“We have yet another first-time Olympian at the Games, which means we are now represented in all of our ice skating disciplines. It’s been three decades since the last long track speed skater wore the Team GB kit and I know Cornelius will race to his potential.

“His performances in the World Cup have shown what he is capable of and I am delighted to see him skating on a big stage.


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