Canada at 2013 World Single Distances Championships

Updated with addition of Denny Morrison

Team Canada named for 2013 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships

SOCHI, Russia
- Speed Skating Canada announced today the eight women and seven men to represent Canada at the 2013 ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Sochi, Russia, from March 21 to 24. The championships, taking place at the Adler Arena, are serving as a test event for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

The women on the Canadian squad are as follows - distance(s) in brackets, not including team pursuit:
Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa (3000 m), Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary (500 m, 1000 m), Kali Christ of Regina (1500 m), Kaylin Irvine of Calgary (1000 m), Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg (3000 m, 5000 m), Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont. (500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m), Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg (1500 m, 3000 m), Danielle Wotherspoon Red Deer, Alta. (500 m).

The men on the Canadian team are as follows - distance(s) in brackets, not including team pursuit:
Jordan Belchos of Toronto (5000 m, 10000 m), Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg (1000 m), Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que. (500 m), Jamie Gregg of Edmonton (500 m, 1000 m), Gilmore Junio of Calgary (500 m, 1000 m), Lucas Makowsky of Regina (1500 m) and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C. (1000 m).

The team includes 12 veteran skaters of the World Single Distances Championships. Derraugh, Junio and Wotherspoon are participating for the first time in this championship. Leading the 14-skater team is 1,000- and 1,500-metre defending world champion Christine Nesbitt. She also teamed-up last year with Klassen and Schussler to win gold in the team pursuit. Morrison is the 1,500-metre defending champion. Nesbitt was also the 1,000-metre champion in 2011 and Makowsky won a bronze medal in the 1,500 metres the same year.

From this season’s World Cup circuit, seven of the 15 skaters collected all 19 medals. Including the medals won, this group had 55 Top 10 finishes throughout the nine World Cups.

The final ISU championship of the season opens Thursday, March 21 with the men’s 1,500 metres and women’s 3,000 metres. Friday, the men will skate the 1,000 and 5,000 metres, and the 1,500 metres for the women. The women have two races Saturday, the 1,000- and 5,000-metre distances, and the men have one race, the 10,000 metres. The season wraps-up Sunday with the two 500-metre races and team pursuit.

Additional information:
- Team notes on the championships are available online.
- Results: ISU results website will update the races as they happen.