Canada sets sights on sprint World Cup & World Sprint Championships

Canada sets sights on sprint World Cup in Calgary and World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City

CALGARY
– Speed Skating Canada named today the teams for the ISU Essent World Cup for sprint distances in Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20, and the ISU World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.

The World Cup, featuring the 500- and 1,000-metre distances, will boast Canada's top seven female and male sprinters. Tickets are available online at http://www.speedsk8.ca/tickets.html.

The 2013 and multi-year Canadian champion in both distances and 2011 world sprint champion, Christine Nesbitt, highlights the women's line-up. The London, Ont., native is joined by the 2013 Canadian championships 500-metre medallists Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg, who took silver, and Danielle Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, Alta., who had bronze. The team also brings together Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis and Kaylin Irvine, Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and Regina's Kali Christ.

Nesbitt, Bucsis and Irvine will take part in both races. Rempel and Wotherspoon will only skate the 500 metres, and Schussler and Christ the 1,000 metres.

Two-time Canadian 500-metre champion Jamie Gregg, of Edmonton, heads off the men's team along with 2013 Canadian silver medallist Gilmore Junio, of Calgary, and bronze medal winner Laurent Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que. William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., Winnipeg’s Tyler Derraugh, this year’s 1,000-metre Canadian champion, and Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., round out the men’s squad. Dubreuil also won the 1,000-metre silver medal and Gregg the bronze.

Gregg and Dubreuil will race both distances. Junio, Dutton and Boisvert-Lacroix will compete in the 500 metres, while Derraugh and Riopel will line-up for the 1,000 metres.

The team for the ISU World Sprint Championships will see Nesbitt, Bucsis, Dubreuil, Gregg, Junio and Derraugh represent Canada.