Canada announces team for the World All Round Speed Skating Championships

Canada announces team for the World All Round Speed Skating Championships

CALGARY - Following the North America and Oceania Regional Qualifier competition this past weekend at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the team of three men and four women for the Essent ISU 2012 World All Round Speed Skating Championships on Feb. 18 and 19 in Moscow.

The qualifying competition determined the number of skaters per country from this region for the World All Round Championships. This season, the region is entitled to eight men’s and six women’s spots based on last year’s world championship performances, with a maximum of four men and women per country. Skaters from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States competed over the weekend.

On the strength of Brittany Schussler’s victories in the 1,500 metres, 3,000 metres, 5,000 metres, second place in the 500 metres and overall women’s champion at the qualifier, as well as strong performances by Cindy Klassen, Nicole Garrido and Brianne Tutt, Canada earned four of the six women’s spot.

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., will join Winnipeg’s Schussler and Klassen, and Nicole Garrido of Edmonton at the World All Round Championships. Nesbitt, four-time 2012 Canadian champion, and Olympic and world champion, was pre-selected for the world championship and did not compete in the qualifier.

In Moscow, Olympic and world medallist Lucas Makowsky, 5,000- and 10,000-metre 2012 Canadian champion Jordan Belchos, and 5,000- and 10,000-metre Canadian medallist Stefan Waples will represent the men.

Regina’s Makowsky was Canada’s top ranking skater at the continental qualifier, finishing third overall. He was also second in the 500-metre distance and third in the 1,500. Toronto’s Belchos was fifth overall, taking a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres. Winnipeg’s Waples finished eighth overall with his best placing of sixth in the 500 and 10,000 metres.

The top eight women at last weekend’s qualifier were:

Rank - Skater (country): Overall points; distance - points allotted (place in race, time)

1st - Brittany Schussler (Canada): Overall - 162.495 points; 500m - 39.700 points (2nd, 39.70 seconds); 3000m - 41.375 points (1st, 4:08.25); 1500m - 38.356 points (1st, 1:55.07); 5000m - 43.064 points (1st, 7:10.64)

2nd - Jilleanne Rookard (USA): Overall - 163.999; 500m - 39.340 points (1st, 39.34); 3000m - 41.621 points (2nd, 4:09.73); 1500m - 39.550 (4th, 1:58.65); 5000m - 43.488 (3rd, 7:14.88)

3rd - Cindy Klassen (Canada): Overall - 164.115; 500m - 40.160 (5th, 40.16); 3000m - 41.660 (3rd, 4:09.96); 1500m - 39.126 (2nd, 1:57.38); 5000m - 43.169 (2nd, 7:11.69)

4th - Nicole Garrido (Canada): Overall - 166.779; 500m - 41.370 (7th, 41.37); 3000m - 41.833 (4th, 4:11.00); 1500m - 39.966 (6th, 1:59.90); 5000m - 43.610 (4th, 7:16.10)

5th - Brianne Tutt (Canada): Overall - 167.242; 500m - 39.730 (3rd, 39.73); 3000m - 42.805 (6th, 4:16.83); 1500m - 39.916 (5th, 1:59.75); 5000m - 44.791 (6th, 7:27.91)

6th - Kali Christ (Canada): Overall - 167.508; 500m - 39.900 (4th, 39.90); 3000m - 43.021 (7th, 4:18.13); 1500m - 39.473 (3rd, 1:58.42); 5000m - 45.114 (8th, 7:31.14)

7th - Maria Lamb (USA): Overall - 168.967; 500m - 41.630 (8th, 41.63); 3000m - 42.313 (5th, 4:13.88); 1500m - 40.676 (7th, 2:02.03); 5000m - 44.348 (5th, 7:23.48)

8th - Tori Spence (Canada): Overall - 172.166; 500m - 42.080 (9th, 42.08); 3000m - 43.726 (8th, 4:22.36); 1500m - 41.553 (9th, 2:04.66); 5000m - 44.807 (7th, 7:28.07)

The top eight men were:

1st - Jonathan Kuck (USA): Overall - 150.955 points; 500m - 37.070 points (3rd, 37.07 seconds); 5000m - 38.516 points (1st, 6:25.16); 1500m - 35.396 points (2nd, 1:46.19); 10000m - 39.973 points (1st, 13:19.47)

2nd - Shane Dobbin (New Zealand): Overall - 153.207; 500m - 37.800 (9th, 37.80); 5000m - 38.871 (2nd, 6:28.71); 1500m - 36.063 (4th, 1:48.19); 10000m - 40.473 (2nd, 13:29.46)

3rd - Lucas Makowsky (Canada): Overall - 153.536; 500m - 36.350 (2nd, 36.35); 5000m - 39.406 (6th, 6:34.06); 1500m - 35.706 (3rd, 1:47.12); 10000m - 42.074 (5th, 14:01.49)

4th - Shani Davis (USA): Overall - 153.605; 500m - 35.640 (1st, 35.64); 5000m - 39.730 (7th, 6:37.30); 1500m - 35.306 (1st, 1:45.92); 10000m - 42.929 (9th, 14:18.58)

5th - Jordan Belchos (Canada): Overall - 154.809; 500m - 38.070 (10th, 38.07); 5000m - 39.366 (5th, 6:33.66); 1500m - 36.360 (6th, 1:49.08); 10000m - 41.013 (3rd, 13:40.26)

6th - Patrick Meek (USA): Overall - 156.249; 500m - 38.810 (12th, 38.81); 5000m - 39.085 (3rd, 6:30.85); 1500m - 37.106 (11th, 1:51.32); 10000m - 41.248 (4th, 13:44.97)

7th - Josh Wood (USA): Overall - 156.340; 500m - 37.080 (4th, 37.08); 5000m - 40.569 (11th, 6:45.69); 1500m - 36.270 (5th, 1:48.81); 10000m - 42.421 (8th, 14:08.42)

8th - Stefan Waples (Canada): Overall - 156.726; 500m - 37.490 (6th, 37.49); 5000m - 39.996 (8th, 6:39.96); 1500m - 36.970 (10th, 1:50.91); 10000m - 42.270 (6th, 14:05.40)

The points ranking is determined after the four men’s and women’s races. The men competed in the 500, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres, while the women skated the 500, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 distances. The skater’s points for each distance are their time adjusted to a 500-metre ratio. The skater’s total points are the sum of the four distances points with the lowest total winning.