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Liew meets goals in AmCup Final

March 7, 2019
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

While the speed skating racing season has wrapped up in Lake Placid, elite-level racing continues elsewhere around the country.

The AmCup Final event took place March 1-3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring a large roster of elite skaters on the well-known Pettit National Ice Center 400-meter track and was combined with the US Masters Single Distance Championships.

The American Cup Racing Series includes AmCups 1-3, and the AmCup Final every season, alternating venues for each AmCup and combining both high performance and developmental racing. Earlier this season, Lake Placid hosted the AmCup 3 for the first time, which was combined with the US Long Track Junior Championships Jan. 18-20.

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Adirondack Speedskating Club skater Claire Liew competes in the AmCup Final last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Provided photo — John Kleba/US Speedskating

Racers must meet certain time standards to qualify, and eligible US skaters earn points by competing in each AmCup, which contributes to their individual ranking in their division. AmCup divisions include overall men, overall ladies, junior men, junior ladies, masters men and masters ladies, with sprint and allround rankings being maintained for overall men and overall ladies. Upon the conclusion of the series, champions are named based on total points earned in the overall sprint, overall allround, overall individual distances, junior individual distances and master individual distances.

Adirondack Speedskating Club's Claire Liew participated in the AmCup Final, competing in the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 3,000-meter events, as well as the Ladies Mass Start, in which she skated in a pack for 16 laps. Liew felt she accomplished her goals, especially in the 1,500-meter race.

"Overall I think I did really well at this meet," she said. "I liked my 1500 out of all of the distances, I felt really strong and I took 5 seconds off my personal record, (and) my favorite moment was the end of that race!"

Coach Tom Miller agreed that Liew's performance at the AmCup Final was positive.

"Even after experiencing some first time negatives she still showed great improvements with three new personal times in 500m, 1500m and 3000m," he said. "Finishing 14th in the in the Senior Mass Start was also a positive accomplishment."

Next, Liew will compete in the Canada Cup #4 and Olympic Oval Finale in Calgary, Alberta March 14 through 17, where Miller hopes she will continue to build on her accomplishments by achieving all new personal records in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m distances.

Meanwhile, skating continues on the Oval weather permitting. More information about skating sessions on the Oval, including speed and public skating, can be found on



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