October 29, 2023 – Washington Co., WI – Speedskater Jordan Stolz, 19, of Kewaskum, Wi, is picking up where he left off in early 2023. Skating over the weekend at the Pettit National Ice Center the 19-year-old Stolz took first in the 500 meter, 1st in the 1,500 meter, and 2nd in the 5,000 meter. Today Stolz will skate at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and it’s a chance to see the future winter Olympian and the Fastest Man on Ice up close at the Pettit.
Below is the 5,000-meter race between Stolz and Ethan Cepuran.
During a one-on-one, post-race interview Stolz talked about expanding his competition regime to include the 5,000-meter races as he works toward a goal of earning the World All Around Championships.
In the 5,000-meter race, Stolz was up against three of the fastest long-distance skaters in the U.S. in Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson and Emery Lehman.
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Coach Bob Corby said Stolz is pushing to attain the title World All Around Championships.
“The championship will be held in Inzell in March. The champion is determined by points over 4 distances – 500,1500,5000 and 10,000. You have to be in the top 10 to make the 10,000.
“Hopefully Jordan will be far enough ahead that he will not have to win the 10,000 because he has the least experience in that race. No one skating this competition is as fast as he is in 500 and 1500. He’s the world champion.
“But he does have to skate it well enough. His result in the 5000 today was really good. That 6.20 will be noticed in Europe. It was a great time,” said Corby.
This is a free opportunity to see a future Winter Olympic champion up close.
Stolz already set a new track record this weekend, finishing the 1,500 meter in 1:42.3 it was faster than the record time he recorded this past January 2023 at 1:43.38.