Ice skater Graeme Fish will not participate in the World Championships in Heerenveen next month. The reigning world champion on the 10 kilometers has unsubscribed because of the coronapandemic.
“ It was the hardest decision I‘ve ever had to make. I would have liked to have just come to the Netherlands, but because of the coronavirus I think it is too big a risk”, said Fish to skatsen.nl.
Last year, the 23-year-old Canadian friend and enemy surprised by becoming World Champion in Salt Lake City at the longest distance. He also improved the world record of his compatriot Ted-Jan Bloemen. Fish finished in 12.33.86.
See how Fish became World Champion last year
“ At the moment I think my health is just a little more important than a World Cup. I am still very young and would not want to jeopardize my future by travelling to the Netherlands and getting the virus there,” explains Fish’s decision not to travel to Thialf.
The international ice skating stop has settled in Friesland, to finish four major international tournaments in just over a month. The skaters are therefore in a ‘bubble’ for five weeks.
Fish now prefers to prepare for the 2022 Olympics close to home, in Canada. “It has always been a dream to win gold at the Games. I know it‘s a long way away now, but I’m already working towards it.”
The World Cup distances are from 11 to 14 February.