Canada’s long track speed skating teams named for first five World Cups

Canada’s long track speed skating teams named for first five World Cups

CALGARY – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the long track teams for the first five International Skating Union (ISU) World Cups of the season. The 2012-13 schedule starts in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18. The first competition will feature two 500-metre races, the 1,000, 1,500, 3,000 for women, 5,000 for men, mass start and team pursuit. (Photo right: Ivanie Blondin - credit Stephen Maunder)

The trials, held in Calgary from Nov. 1-4, were used to identify the teams for the fall World Cups. In addition to the trials, SSC’s long track high track performance committee pre-selected several skaters and did allow for byes during the trials for injuries. The pre-selections were based on last year’s World Single Distance Championships.

The 10 women and 12 men named to the fall World Cups have all competed in at least one World Cup.

Highlighting the Canadian women is Christine Nesbitt, from London, Ont. The 27-year-old won the first ever 2012 Grand World Cup overall standings and she was also the season circuit champion in the 1,000 and 1,500 metres. Among this group, Nesbitt also has the won the most career World Cup medals with 28 gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze for a total of 58 over 48 World Cup appearances. Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler has represented Canada the most at World Cups for a total of 60 out of the 269 times from this 10-woman squad.

From the men's contingent, Denny Morrison, from Fort St. John, B.C., has the most World Cup appearances at 50 and most medals won with a total of 35 (6 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze). The 12-man team has competed in a total of 185 World Cups.

For the 2012-13 World Cup long track season, Canada’s entry quotas for each distance are as follows: four women and five men for 500 metres; five women and four men for 1,000 and 1,500 metres; five women for 3,000 and 5,000 metres; and, three for men’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres. The quotas are based on Canada's 2011-12 results in each distance.

The team and race distances for the first World Cup is as follows.

World Cup #1, Heerenveen, Netherlands, Nov. 16 to Nov. 18:

Women (2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, mass start, team pursuit): Ivanie Blondin (3000 m, mass start), Anastasia Bucsis (500 m, 1000 m), Kali Christ (1000 m, 1500 m, mass start), Kaylin Irvine (1000 m, 1500 m), Cindy Klassen (1500 m, 3000 m), Christine Nesbitt (500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m), Shannon Rempel (500 m), Brittany Schussler (1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m), Brianne Tutt (3000 m), Danielle Wotherspoon (500 m)

Men (2 x 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 5000 m, mass start, team pursuit): Jordan Belchos (5000 m, mass start), Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (500 m), Tyler Derraugh (1000 m, 1500 m, mass start), Laurent Dubreuil (500 m, 1000 m), William Dutton (500 m), Jamie Gregg (500 m), Gilmore Junio (500 m), Lucas Makowsky (1500 m, 5000 m), Denny Morrison (1000 m, 1500 m), Philippe Riopel (1000 m, mass start)

The Canadian teams and the skater's distances for the fall World Cups - skater, hometown:

• Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa: World Cup #1 (3000 m, mass start), World Cup #2 (3000 m, mass start), World Cup #3 (5000)
• Anastasia Bucsis, Calgary: #1 (500 m, 1000 m), #4 (500 m, 1000 m), #5 (500 m, 1000 m)
• Kali Christ, Regina: #1 (1000 m, 1500 m, mass start), #2 (1500 m, mass start)
• Kaylin Irvine, Calgary: #1 (1000 m, 1500 m), #2 (1500 m), #3 (1500 m), #4 (1000 m), #5 (500 m, 1000 m)
• Cindy Klassen, Winnipeg: #1 (1500 m, 3000 m), #2 (1500 m, 3000 m), #3 (1500 m)
• Christine Nesbitt, London, Ont.: #1 (500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m), #2 (1500 m, 3000 m), #3 (1500 m), #4 (500 m, 1000 m)
• Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m)
• Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg: #1 (1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m), #2 (1500 m, 3000 m), #3 (1500 m, 5000 m), #4 (1000 m)
• Brianne Tutt, Calgary: #1 (3000 m), #2 (3000 m)
• Danielle Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta.: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m), #5 (500 m)

• Jordan Belchos, Toronto: World Cup #1 (5000 m, mass start), World Cup #2 (5000 m, mass start), World Cup #3 (10000 m)
• Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Sherbrooke, Que.: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m), #5 (500 m)
• Tyler Derraugh, Winnipeg: #1 (1000 m, 1500 m, mass start), #2 (1500 m), #3 (1500 m), #4 (1000 m)
• Laurent Dubreuil, Lévis, Que.: #1 (500 m, 1000 m)
• William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m), #5 (500 m)
• Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.: #2 (1500 m)
• Jamie Gregg, Edmonton: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m), #5 (500 m)
• Gilmore Junio, Calgary: #1 (500 m), #4 (500 m), #5 (500 m)
• Lucas Makowsky, Regina: #1 (1500 m, 5000 m), #2 (1500 m, 5000 m), #3 (1500 m)
• Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.: #1 (1000 m, 1500 m), #2 (1500 m, 5000 m), #3 (1500 m), #4 (1000 m), #5 (1000 m)
• Philippe Riopel, Lachenaie, Que.: #1 (1000 m, mass start), #4 (1000 m), #5 (1000 m)
• Stefan Waples, Winnipeg: #3 (10000 m)

The second and third World Cups feature middle and long distances. World Cup #2 is in Kolomna, Russia, on Nov. 24 and 25, with these specific distances: 1,500, 3,000 (women), 5,000 (men) and mass start. The third competition is in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 1 and 2, and highlights the 1,500 and team pursuit for men and women, 5,000 for women, 10,000 for men.

The final two World Cups on the fall schedule will feature the 500- and 1,000-metre sprint distances. Nagano, Japan, will host World Cup #4 on Dec. 8 and 9, and World Cup #5 moves to Harbin, China, on Dec. 15 and 16.

After two short track World Cups this season, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $16,000 (3 gold, 9 silver; 4 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. The last two seasons, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.