By winning the 1500m and the 5000m at the Olympic Trials, Lucas secured qualification for both distances at the Olympic Games. Moreover, he earned himself a spot on the Olympic team for the Team Pursuit. His first Olympic race will be the 5000m (13 February). Exactly one week later he will skate the 1500m (20 February). And finally, qualification races for the Team Pursuit will take place on Friday 26 February, the finals are the next day (27 February).
|5000m||Saturday, 13 February||12:00|
|1500m||Saturday, 20 February||16:15|
|TP quarter finals/ semi finals||Friday, 26 February||12:30|
|TP final||Saturday, 27 February||12.30|
Monday, 8 March 2010: Olympic recap - part 1
Friday, 5 March 2010: Time to recap!
Wednesday, 24 February 2010: A few things I've been up to
Friday, 19 February 2010: 1500m
Monday, 15 February 2010: From the 5k to the 1500m
Friday, 12 February 2010: Athlete's welcome and the Bike Shop
Sunday, 7 February 2010: Athlete's Village
Monday, 1 February 2010: Off to Vancouver tomorrow
Saturday, 27 February 2010
After first defeating Italy (Olympic champions in Torino in 2006) in the quarter finals, and then Norway in the semi finals today, Lucas and teammates Denny Morrison and Mathieu Giroux advanced to the final of the Olympic Team Pursuit. In both races Team Canada skated a new Olympic record (3:42.38 and 3:42.22). Tomorrow Team Canada will be up against Team USA, that defeated Japan and the Netherlands.
'We had two really good races today – with our two Olympic records. We’re three strong skaters who work well together and that gives us a great deal of confidence for the upcoming race", Lucas told Speed Skating Canada.
Today, Lucas finished 19th in the Olympic 1500m. He skated in the 19th and final pair against none other than Shani Davis, gold medalist in Wednesday’s 1000m. Lucas needed 1:48.61 to complete the distance, where Davis crossed the finish line after 1:46.10. Surprisingly however, this was not fast enough for the gold medal: Mark Tuitert was even faster with his 1:45.57, thereby taking the gold, where Davis had to settle for silver.
“The performance itself wasn't quite ideal. It was not as free-flowing as I've would liked to. But it wasn't a horrible race either”, Lucas told Speed Skating Canada. “However, with such a tight field, if you have one or two things that don't go ideally, or go as maybe you'd like, all off a sudden, you're bumped out quite a few places.”
And about being paired with Shani Davis, he said: “I think it was a good thing being paired with him; when I saw the list, I was pretty excited. It’s a big thing for me to skate in the last pair in an international competition – to do it at my first Olympics, here in Canada; it’s definitely something I’ll remember for a long time.”
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Lucas gave a great start to his first Olympics today, by skating a very solid 5000m. He skated in the 8th pair, which was the first pair after the only ice preparations of the day, and beat his pair Shane Dobbin in a time of 6:28.71, good for a 13th place. Dobbin finished 17th in 6:33.38. Olympic gold-medalist was Sven Kramer; he skated a new Olympic record (6:14.60) Fellow-Canadian Denny Morrison needed 6:33.77 (18th).
"What an experience racing one of my best 5k's in my first Olympic race in front of a home crowd!
I started a little harder than I maybe would have liked, but when I realized the pace I was on I wasn't going to back down - this wasn't the time to be conservative. The crowd was awesome to keep me going at the end."
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Saturday, 27 March 2010: "It was for you guys"
Friday, 26 March 2010: Speedskater Makowsky gets hero's welcome in Regina
Friday, 26 March 2010: Lucas Makowsky returns home
Monday, 1 March 2010: Fringe benefits of winning gold
Monday, 1 March 2010: Pursuit of gold complete
Monday, 1 March 2010: Lucas Makowsky and Ben Hebert cheered by Regina's speedskaters and curlers
Saturday, 27 February 2010: Canadian men skate to gold in Team Pursuit
Saturday, 27 February 2010: Morrison, Makowsky and Giroux earn Olympic Medal
Monday, 22 February 2010: Makowsky hopes for a better performance
Monday, 22 February 2010: Students cheer on Makowsky
Sunday, 21 February 2010: Rookie Lucas Makowsky finds himself in the spotlight at Vancouver Olympics
Monday, 15 February 2010: Regina-born speedskater serious about succeeding at Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Saturday, 13 February 2010: Speed skater Lucas Makowsky finishes 13th in Olympic debut
Saturday, 13 February 2010: Lucas Makowsky breaks the ice with style
Tuesday, 9 February 2010: School adopts skater
Tuesday, 9 February 2010: Regina-born speedskater Lucas Makowsky ready for Vancouver Olympic Games
Friday, 5 February 2010: Lucas Makowsky stepping up to the line
Wednesday, 3 February 2010: Countdown to Vancouver: Lucas Makowsky
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1 March 2010: Saskatchewan News, Students celebrate Lucas's gold medal
1 March 2010: CBC Radio, Sheila Coles and Mme Bobiash talk about Lucas's gold medal skate on Saturday
24 February 2010: CBC Radio newscast feature, Students make video to cheer on Lucas 24 February 2010, 7:30: CBC Radio newscast, Students make video to cheer on Lucas 24 February 2010, 6:30: CBC Radio newscast, Students make video to cheer on Lucas 22 February 2010: Saskatchewan News, Students cheer on Lucas 22 February 2010: CBC Radio newscast, Olympic weekend recap and discussion 22 February 2010, 7:30: CBC Radio newscast, Wilfrid Walker adopt an athlete program 22 February 2010, 6:30: CBC Radio newscast, Wilfrid Walker adopt an athlete program
24 February 2010, 7:30: CBC Radio newscast, Students make video to cheer on Lucas
24 February 2010, 6:30: CBC Radio newscast, Students make video to cheer on Lucas
22 February 2010: Saskatchewan News, Students cheer on Lucas
22 February 2010: CBC Radio newscast, Olympic weekend recap and discussion
22 February 2010, 7:30: CBC Radio newscast, Wilfrid Walker adopt an athlete program
22 February 2010, 6:30: CBC Radio newscast, Wilfrid Walker adopt an athlete program