It has been a season of firsts for Brian Hansen of Glenview.
Saturday, the long track speedskater had the first
In November, the 22-year-old had won his first Cup individual medal, a bronze at 1,500 meters. He took a second bronze at that distance three weeks ago.
"It was a little bit of a surprise to win the 1,000," Hansen said in a text message Saturday. "I knew it wasn't impossible after finishing pretty high up in the past couple World Cups, (but) I wouldn't have guessed the win would come in the 1,000 before the 1,500. Hopefully that kind of success in the 1,500 is still to come."
Hansen is to skate the 1,500 Sunday. His winning time in the 1,000 Saturday, 1 minute, 9.79 seconds, was .05 faster than Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands.
Hansen was a 2010 Olympic silver medalist in team pursuit. He attributed the breakthrough success this season to focusing completely on skating rather than also going to school.