Best Canadian long track speed skaters in Calgary, January 3-6, to compete at the National Single Distance Championships/Canada Cup #2

Calgary, January 2, 2017 – The best Canadian long track speed skaters will take part in the Canadian Single Distance Championships and Canada Cup #2, from Tuesday, January 3, to Friday, January 6, at Calgary's Olympic Oval, where they will compete for a spot at the upcoming 2017 ISU World Single Distance Championships.
 
While many athletes will aim to qualify for the last spots available for this international competition, others, who have already pre-qualified for the World Single Distance Championships based on their performances this fall, will look to finetune their preparation. A total of 136 athletes will take part in the competition in Calgary.

As a result of the Canadian performances over the first four World Cups of the 2016-2017 season, held last fall, Canada qualified 26 spots toward the 2017 World Single Distance Championships, which will be held February 9-12 on the official ice of the 2018 Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea. The competition will serve as a pre-Olympic test event.

Based on Speed Skating Canada’s selection criterias, six men and four women already have earned one or more of these spots at these World Championships, after being the top Canadians in the various events as per the ISU Final Qualification Ranking Lists:

-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON) – mass start
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) - 3000m, 5000m and mass start
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) - 5000m and 10,000m
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC) - 500m
-DE HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) - 1000m and 1500m
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) - 500m
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) - 500m
-MCLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) - 500m
-ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC) - 1000m
-TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB) - 1500m

At the Canadian Single Distance Championships, the best skater in the men’s 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m and mass start, as well as in the women’s 500m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, except those already pre-qualified in these distances, will get the last spots for Canada. In the women’s 1000m, the top two skaters will qualify for the World Single Distance Championships.

Skaters selected for the team pursuit competition in which Canada has one spot in both the men’s and the women’s event at the World Single Distance Championships, will be determined at a later date.
 
Canada Cup competitions are a series of events where athletes can earn points for each distance towards season-ending rankings, as well as a competition for senior and junior A, B, C2 athletes, this last category being dedicated to skaters born between July 1st, 2001, and June 30, 2002.

Following is the schedule for the Canadian Single Distance Championships and Canada Cup #2. Racing starts at 9 am on each day while events of the Canadian Single Distance Championships starts in the afternoon.

Tuesday, January 3: 3000m (women) and 5000m (men)
Wednesday, January 4: 500m (1) (men and women) – 5000m (women) – 10,000m (men)
Thursday, January 5: 500m (2), 1000m – men and women
Friday, January 6: 1500m and mass start – men and women

Competitions will be webstreamed through the Olympic Oval YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TheOlympicOval.

More information, including a full schedule and a link to the results, can be found at 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 14,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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