March 3, 2023 – Heerenveen, Netherlands – You could almost see the smoke coming off the ice behind Jordan Stolz as the 18-year-old became the youngest skater ever to win a World Championship. Stolz, who hails from the Town of Kewaskum, notched the fastest lap anyone has ever skated at sea level in history.
The fastest time on the day belonged to Laurent Dubreuil (CAN), who held the world record, and finished with a time of 34.46.
Stolz took his mark in the outer lane and whipped around the final turn, crossing the finish in a record time of 34.10.
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“He literally smoked those guys,” said Dirk Stolz after watching his son open the race with a 9.62. “Usually they are apart by hundredths, not by .3. I figured he would be on the podium because his lap time is unbelievable.”
Stolz is coming off a phenomenal World Cup performance in Poland where he took the gold in the 1500 meter and set a new track record.
In the 500 meter in Poland, Stolz finished in second place capturing the silver with a time of 34.73. Interesting to note, the gold medal winner of the 500 meter in Poland was Yuma Murakami of Japan who finished just .04 seconds ahead of Stolz with a time of 34.69.
In post-race interviews, other skaters are referring to Stolz as the “Michael Jordan” of speedskating.
Stolz will race two more times over the weekend in the 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter.
Stolz is a native of Washington County, Wi who began skating with his family on the pond outside their home in the Town of Kewaskum.
Stolz competed in the 2022 Beijing Olympics and in November 2022 he earned the title ‘Fastest man on ice’ after becoming the youngest skater to record a time of 1:44:891 in the 1,500-meter race at the World Cup in race in Stavanger, Norway.
Photo courtesy Bob Corby.