Calgary’s Olympic Oval to welcome the best skaters in the world & in the country in 2014-2015

Calgary, September 9, 2014 – The 2015 ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships will highlight Speed Skating Canada’s busy schedule at Calgary’s Olympic Oval this winter as the facility will present eight international and national speed skating short and long track events.
 
The ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships will be held for a fourth time in Calgary (1992, 2006, 2011 and 2015) March 7-8. The event will feature the top long track male and female speed skaters in the world who will race over four distances (500m, 1500m, 5000m, 3000m for women and 500m, 1500m, 5000m and 10000m for men) to determine a cumulative champion.
 
Tickets are now available at http://www.speedsk8.ca/tickets.html.
 
Last year, the event held in Heerenveen, Netherland, involved a total of 22 women and 24 men, including multi 2014 Olympic medalists from the Netherlands Ireen Wüst, Koen Verweij and Jan Blockhuijsen. Dutch skater Sven Kramer, triple Olympic medalist in Sochi, won the competition in 2013 but did not defend it last year as he was recovering from an operation.
 
Double 2014 Olympic medalist Denny Morrison, who did not take part in last year's event, competed at the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 championships and won six medals for Canada. Ivanie Blondin, Jordan Belchos, Kali Christ and Shannon Rempel represented Canada at this competition in 2014.
 
Short and Long Track Canadian superstars in Calgary
The Olympic Oval will also welcome the best athletes in the country, including many Olympic medalists and Olympians from Sochi in both short and long track, for the 2014-2015 ISU World Cup trials.
 
The Short Track Fall World Cup Selections will be held Sept. 19-21 and the long track will be Oct. 23-26. The selections for the World Cup long track winter events will also take place at the Oval at the Canadian Single Distance Championships, which will be held in conjunction with Canada Cup #2 on Jan. 2-5, 2015. Admission for those competitions is complimentary.

“The number of national and international competitions hosted by the Calgary Olympic Oval highlights the importance of this venue for our sport and the incredible legacy that was left from the 1988 Olympic Games”, said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss.
 
“Speed Skating Canada salutes the professionalism and commitment of the Olympic Oval staff and volunteers. They continue to provide world class technical support to our athletes but, as importantly, allow Calgarians to experience some of the best speed skating competitions in the world on an annual basis.”
 
“We are very excited to once again play host to some of our country’s strongest high performance athletes as well as many international athletes through our close relationship with Speed Skating Canada”, said Calgary’s Olympic Oval Director, Yves Hamelin
 
"The Oval plays a critical role supporting competition from grassroots to the World stage with over 65 days of racing. We had a new high in the number of international teams who trained with us this summer and now we really look forward to hosting these world class events on ‘The Fastest Ice in the World’.”
 
Listed below is the complete 2014-2015 international and national competition schedule at the Olympic Oval:
 
September 19-21:    Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Selections (Short Track)
October 23-26:        Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Trials (Long Track)
November 21-23:    Speed Skating Canada’s Can Am Championships (Long Track)
January 2-5:        Speed Skating Canada’s Canadian Single Distance Championships and
                           Canada Cup #2 (Long Track)
March 7-8:        ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships (Long Track)
March 12-15:        Speed Skating Canada’s Canadian Senior Open Championships (Short Track)
March 19-22:        Speed Skating Canada’s Canada Cup #4 and Oval Final (Long Track)
 
For more information on all Speed Skating Canada events go to www.speedskating.ca/events.

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
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC