Best Canadian long track speed skaters in Calgary, January 2-5, for the National Single Distance Championships/Canada Cup #2

2014 Fall World Cup multi-medalists Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil will be back in front of Canadian fans for the 2015 Canadian Single Distance Championships and Canada Cup #2 from January 2-5 at the Calgary’s Olympic Oval, as the best long track speed skaters in the country compete to represent Canada again at winter international competitions.
 
Blondin of Ottawa won five medals during the fall World Cup schedule and Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., medaled in four-straight World Cup 500m races before the Christmas break. Double 2014 Winter Olympic medalist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., will also participate.
 
The 47 skaters taking part in the Canadian Single Distance Championships will look for spots in the two winter World Cups, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Hamar, Norway, and Feb. 7-8 in Heerenveen, Netherlands, World Single Distance Championships Feb. 12-15 in Heerenveen, World Sprint Championships Feb. 28-March 1 in Astana, Kazakhstan, and World All Round Championships March 7-8 in Calgary. The skaters taking part in the Canada Cup #2 competition will look to improve their Canadian ranking.
 
For the two winter World Cups, skaters with top six placing in 2014-15 World Cup rankings, for a maximum of two per distance, have already qualified. Following the first four World Cups this season, Dubreuil (second in the 500m overall ranking), Denny Morrison (sixth in the 1500m) and Ivanie Blondin (first in the mass start and fourth in the 3000m) have already pre-qualified for the two Winter World Cups.
 
The Canadian Single Distance Championships and Canada Cup #2 will feature women's distances of 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m and Mass Start and men’s distances of 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and Mass Start following this schedule:
 
Friday, January 2: 1500m
Saturday, January 3: 3000m (women) and 5000m (men)
Sunday, January 4: 500m (1) and 1000m (1)
Monday, January 5: 500m (2), 1000m (2) and mass start
 
More information, including full schedule and a link to the results, can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
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Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
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