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Skater Freddie Polak slides to double gold in the Oberstdorf Summercamp Trophy in Germany


By Connor Thompson


Speed skater Freddie Polak continued where he left off as he hit a new personal best on his return to the ice.

Polak, 12, of Gonalston, registered a time of 50.437 as he earned gold in the 500m distance in Oberstdorf, Germany, finishing 0.013 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Miika Klevstue, of Norway.

And things improved for the short track skater as he earned a new personal best, adding a second gold medal by winning the 333m final.

Freddie has just returned from a summer camp in Oberstdorf (15890851)
Freddie has just returned from a summer camp in Oberstdorf (15890851)

Freddie’s father, Gary, said: “It was a great experience. It was a week long training camp that led into the competition at the end of the week.

“He was training on and off the ice at least twice a day and a lot of the training sessions were about perfecting technique.”

The Oberstdorf Summercamp Trophy win was perfect preparation for Polak, who begins the regular season in the StarClass series in Bormio, Italy ­— a rink he is familiar with.

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Freddie Polak (front) has returned from Oberstdorf, Germany, with two gold medals.
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Freddie Polak (front) has returned from Oberstdorf, Germany, with two gold medals.

“He is always improving and there is always a very good chance of him winning,” said Gary.

“We will be getting to the point soon where it starts to become more about winning, but at the minute it is still about his development.”

Polak’s impressive time in the 333m final (33.50) was half a second off the Great British record in category D, where he will skate until he turns 13.



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