Canada’s Best Long Track Speed Skaters kick-off new Olympic cycle in Calgary

The best long track speed skaters in the country will be at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Oct. 23-26, for Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Long Track ISU World Cups Selections.

The skaters will aim at qualification for the team that will represent Canada at the first four ISU Long Track World Cups in Obihiro, Japan (Nov. 14-16), Seoul, South Korea (Nov. 21-23), Berlin, Germany (Dec. 5-7), and Heerenveen, Netherlands (Dec. 12-14).  

Among the 47 athletes who will compete are double medalist from the 2014 Winter Olympics, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C.; and World Cup 500m medalists from 2013-14, Jamie Gregg of Edmonton and Gilmore Junio of Calgary. Women’s national team members Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Kali Christ of Regina, who both competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, will also compete. 2014 Short Track Speed Skating Olympians and 2010 Olympic medalists Jessica Gregg and François Hamelin will also take part in this event.
 
Based on the Canadian Team selection criteria for the Fall World Cups, Morrison is the only one pre-selected for the 2014 Fall World Cup Team as he was the only athlete who placed top 5 at the 2014 Olympic Games in one or more individual distances. Other skaters, including a minimum of eight women and eight men, will be selected based on their results at the Fall World Cups, to a maximum of 20 athletes.

Canada secured the following quota spots for 2014-15 World Cups based on last year results:

Women: 500m (4), 1000m (4), 1500m (4), 3000m/5000m (3), mass start (2)
Men: 500m (5), 1000m (4), 1500m (4), 5000m/10 000m (2), mass start (1)

The Fall World Cups team will be selected using trial results and with the discretion of Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track High Performance Committee in consultation with the national team coaches.

More details and full schedule are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca. Admission is complimentary.

Members of Speed Skating Canada’s national, development and talent squads who will take part in Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Long Track ISU World Cups Selections:

Members of the Women’s National Team
BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)

Members of the Men’s National Team
DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)
DUTTON, William (Regina, SK)
GREGG, Jamie (Edmonton, AB)
JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Québec, QC)

Members of the Women’s Development Team
GARRIDO, Nicole (Edmonton, AB)
HANLY, Kate (Calgary, AB)
HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK)
IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
McGUIRE, Lauren (Ottawa, ON)
McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
SPENCE, Tori (Kamloops, B.C.)

Members of the Men’s Development Team
BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON)
BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC)
De HAITRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
MacLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
RIOPEL, Philippe (Lachenaie, QC)
WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)

Members of the Women’s Training Squad
OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Calgary, AB)
WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)

Members of the Men’s Training Squad
DÉRY, François Lévis - Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, QC) 
DUBREUIL, Daniel (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)

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.

- 30 -

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
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC