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Liew closes season on a high note

March 20, 2019
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Adirondack Speedskating Club member Claire Liew competed in the 2019 Calgary Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 on March 14-17 as the speedskating season winds down in North America.

Hosted at the famed Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the field included nearly 300 skaters from 19 different countries. Liew represented Canada but trains in Lake Placid at the James B. Sheffield Olympic Speed Skating Oval, and feels skating here makes competing elsewhere, usually on indoor quality-and-temperature-controlled ovals, less challenging.

"I feel like skating indoors is so much easier after going against the conditions outside, like the cold and wind," she said. "But yes, I do feel it makes me a better skater to train here (in Lake Placid)."

At the event, Liew improved on her last performance at the AmCup Finals in Milwaukee March 1-3, earning personal best times in all distances skated. Coach Tom Miller was very happy with her performance.

"I couldn't be happier with how she skated. Every time she raced she did a personal best," Miller said. "Her second 500m was picture-perfect and now ranks her in the 500m as the number 1 Junior B 1 lady in all of Canada."

Liew also felt "happy overall" with the meet, especially with the 500-meter race.

"I was especially happy about the 500-meter race; I got a 43.15 which was a personal best," she said. "My favorite moment was hearing that time after the race was over."

Now that the season is over, Liew continues to train with the Lake Placid track team and Miller says after that season is completed, they will start an off-ice program with general conditioning on inline skates, mountain biking and running, along with increased weightlifting. Meanwhile, Miller also has definite goals for Liew for next season.

"Every time she skated, she showed improvement," Miller said. "The concentrations next year will be continued improvement on technique and better endurance."

The Sheffield Olympic Speed Skating Oval is closed for the season.



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