According to the International Skating Union website, Heather Richardson of the United States has passed Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic in the World Cup standings for the women's 1000m with a pair of victories on the weekend at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.
After posting a phenomenal time of 1:13.09 to beat Canadian Olympic champion Christine Nesbitt in the women's 1000m World Cup race on Saturday, Richardson won the women's 1000m speed skating World Cup race on Sunday with a time of 1:13.30 to beat the reigning Olympic Gold medallist in the women's 1500m, Ireen Wust of the Netherlands by 0.59 seconds with Brittany Bowe of the United States in third place.
Richardson also finished in second place to the unstoppable Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea in the women's 500m World Cup event on Sunday. In the men's 500m, Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands beat Joji Kato of Japan by 0.05 seconds with a time of 34.39 seconds and in the men's 1000m, Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands beat Shani Davis of the United States by 0.07 seconds with a time of 1:07.76.
The World Cup in Calgary was the final tuneup for the world's best speed skaters prior to the 2013 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City next weekend.