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    World Junior Speedskating Championships

    These are being held in Melbourne, Australia and I went today. Fantastic event and incredibly exciting. Korean and Chinese skaters so far ahead of everyone else.

    No signs of Speedy though (and I was looking out for him).
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    I see Allie Rout has now switched to short course.

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    Ah yes her name is in the program.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Hmm, I also noticed the name Anja Chong and recognized the name from the JGP a few years ago, though that Anja Chong represented Singapore not Malaysia (http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00011400.htm). However, the birthdate is the same and that would seem to be an unlikely coincidence, so it very well could be the same Anja Chong. Does anyone know? I was thinking that maybe Singapore wasn't a Speed Skating member of the ISU and Malaysia was, so that could explain the switch, but it looks like both countries are provisional speed skating members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFOS View Post
    Hmm, I also noticed the name Anja Chong and recognized the name from the JGP a few years ago, though that Anja Chong represented Singapore not Malaysia (http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00011400.htm). However, the birthdate is the same and that would seem to be an unlikely coincidence, so it very well could be the same Anja Chong. Does anyone know? I was thinking that maybe Singapore wasn't a Speed Skating member of the ISU and Malaysia was, so that could explain the switch, but it looks like both countries are provisional speed skating members.
    I read somewhere Anja switched to speed skating. She skated for Singapore when Malaysia was not an ISU member yet, that could explain the switch.

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    Today was the last day of the events. My goodness it was such edge of the seat stuff. The 3000 metre relays were something else. The 1000 metre world record for Juniors was broken twice in the ladies event. Atmosphere was fantastic with the crowd, whilst not a full house, really got into it and behind the skaters. Had a great time.

    My favourite skater ended up being Ange Serakeite from Lithuania (the only skater from there). She was a really tough competitor who got 2nd in the 500 metres and was really competitive in the other events. And in the men I really liked the Canadian guy Alexandre St Jean. He had a Bradbury moment in the 500 metre event, where he fell over before the line but was ahead of a Chinese and Korean skater. He realised he could get the bronze, got up and fell over as he got to the line. Best moment of the whole championships. I loved how after they did the results of that event they posted a photo on the big screen of his photo finish where he was laying on the ice. Excellent.

    The Koreans did a clean sweep of everything. And the Chinese were the second best team.

    Allie Rout did okay but didn't make it through the initial heats. She certainly looked different from her days as a figure skater.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammyf View Post
    I read somewhere Anja switched to speed skating. She skated for Singapore when Malaysia was not an ISU member yet, that could explain the switch.
    In this article, Anja Chong explains why she switched to representing Malaysia: http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_777393.html
    Her decision to cross the Causeway was prompted by an unsuccessful application to be a citizen here [in Singapore]. 'I would've stayed in Singapore because I started out here, but I had no choice. In order to compete at the Olympics, I needed citizenship,' said the United World College of South East Asia student, who is the daughter of Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.

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