Calgary’s Olympic Oval welcomes 220 skaters from Canada & around the world for the final national long track competition of the season

A total of 220 Canadian speed skaters along with athletes from the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, United States and India will compete March 19-22 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary in the last Canadian long track competition of the season, Canada Cup #4 and the Olympic Oval Finale.
 
Overall, 21 of the 32 Speed Skating Canada’s National Team members will skate this weekend, excluding Ivanie Blondin, Vincent de Haître, Laurent Dubreuil and Denny Morrison who will be in Erfurt, Germany, this weekend for the World Cup Final.
 
In action this weekend:
-2014 Olympians: Kali Christ, Marsha Hudey, Jamie Gregg and Kaylin Irvine;
-2015 World Single Distance Championships National Team members: Christ and Hudey, Jordan Belchos, Jessica Gregg, Alec Janssens, Richard MacLennan, Heather McLean, Josie Spence and Robert Watson;
-2015 World Junior Championshpis National Team members: Alexandre Déry, Ben Donnelly, Noémie Fiset, Maddison Pearman, Alex Ruel-Garvey and Isabelle Weidemann;
-Speed Skating Canada’s training squad members: François Déry, Daniel Dubreuil, Tamara Oudenaarden and Weidemann;
-Canadian representatives in different 2014-2015 World Cups: Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Nicole Garrido, Kate Hanly, Alexandra Ianculescu, Lauren McGuire and Stefan Waples;
-National team member Alexandre St-Jean
-National development team members Tori Spence and Philippe Riopel;
-2006 Olympic silver medalist in the team pursuit event: Shannon Rempel.
 
Participants in the Canada Cup #4 event will have one last opportunity to improve their Canadian ranking and to be part of the National team next year.
 
The Olympic Oval will provide a webcast this weekend at https://www.youtube.com/theolympicoval.
 
Admission is free.
 
Here is the approximate competition schedule (local time):
Thursday, March 19
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Friday, March 20
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Saturday, March 21
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Sunday, March 22
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
More info, including the full schedule and results, is available 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 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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
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
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