Canada’s team for the World All-Round Championships

Canada’s long track team for the World All-Round Speed Skating Championships

CALGARY
- Kali Christ, Alec Janssens, Lucas Makowsky, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler will be representing Canada at the Essent ISU 2013 World All-Round Speed Skating Championships this weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, at the Olympic Hall in Hamar, Norway.

The championships include the 500 metres, 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres for men and women, as well as the women’s 3,000 metres and men’s 10,000 metres. The all-round champions will be determined by the lowest cumulative sammelagt point total after four distances.

Makowsky, Nesbitt and Schussler are veterans of the world all-round championships, while Christ and Janssens will be experiencing their first. Nesbitt will look to improve on her best-ever bronze medal result from last year in Moscow. Makowsky’s best was ninth overall in 2009, and Schussler took eighth spot in 2012.

The North America and Oceania Regional Championships in January determined the number of skaters per country from this region for the World All-Round Championships. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States participate with athletes in the current year. This season, the region is entitled to four men’s and six women’s spots based on last year’s world championships performances, with a maximum of four men and women per country.

On the strength of performances at the four-country qualifying competition from Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Winnipeg’s Schussler of Winnipeg and Christ of Regina, who placed first, second and third overall, respectively, Canada earned four of the six women’s spot. Nesbitt was pre-qualified for the championships to join Schussler and Christ. Blondin will serve as an alternate.

Regina’s Makowsky finished first overall at the continental qualifier, with Jordan Belchos, of Toronto, taking fourth place and Janssens, of Chilliwack, B.C., in fifth spot. Belchos serving as an alternate.

Canadian officials in Norway: Yves Bélanger of Saskatoon will also be representing Canada at the world championships. He will serve as a starter for the men’s competition.

Team notes for World All-Round Championships
Hamar, Norway - Olympic Hall

Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 16
2 p.m. (local): Men's and Women's 500 m; Men's 5000 m; Women's 3000 m
Sunday, Feb. 17
1:10 p.m. (local): Men's and Women's 500 m; Men's 10000 m; Women's 5000 m
* times subject to change

ISU results website; Event website

Team Notes - Canada at the World All-Round Championships (2000 to 2012)

  • From this year’s team, Kali Christ and Alec Janssens have not competed at a World All-Round Championship.
  • Since 2000, Makowsky has been five, Nesbitt six and Schussler five.
  • On the podium, Nesbitt has a silver (2011) and bronze (2012). Other medallists include: Kristina Groves – silver (2009, 2010), bronze (2006, 2008); Klassen - gold (2003, 2004), silver (2002, 2005), bronze (2007).
  • The best men’s finish since 2000 was fifth place for Dustin Molicki in 2001 and 2002, and Denny Morrison in 2006.
  • In six World Cups this season, Canada has collected 14 medals.

2012-13 International competitions

Nov. 15-18: Can-Am International, Calgary
Nov. 15-16: Junior World Cup, Calgary
Nov. 16-18: World Cup #1, all distances, Heerenveen, Netherlands
Nov 24-25: World Cup #2, middle and long distances, Kolomna, Russia
Dec. 1-2: World Cup #3, middle and long distances, Astana, Kazakhstan
Dec. 8-9: World Cup #4, sprint distances, Nagano. Japan
Dec. 15-16: World Cup #5, sprint distances, Harbin, China
Jan. 12-13: Continental Regional Qualifier, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 19-20: World Cup #6, sprint distances, Calgary
Jan. 19-20: Junior World Cup, Roseville, Minn.
Jan. 26-27: World Sprint Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 9-10: World Cup #7, middle and long distances, Inzell, Germany
Feb. 16-17: World All-Round Championships, Hamar, Norway
Feb. 16-17: Junior World Cup Final, Collalbo, Italy
Feb. 22-24: World Long Track Junior Championships, Collalbo, Italy
March 1-3: North American Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
March 1-3: World Cup #8, all distances, Erfurt, Germany
March 8-10: World Cup Final, Heerenveen, Netherlands
March 21-24: World Single Distances Championships, Sochi, Russia

Canadian athletes for Essent ISU World All-Round Championships

WomenWAR (1)GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownNotes
Kali Christ00000ReginaThis will be her first championship.
Christine Nesbitt60112London, Ont.2012: 3rd overall; 2011: 2nd; 2009: 6th; 2008: 4th; 2007: 9th; 2006: 16th
Brittany Schussler50000Winnipeg2012: 8th overall; 2011: 9th; 2010: 9th; 2009: 9th; 2008: 15th
MenWAR (1)GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownNotes
Alec Janssens00000Chilliwack, B.C.This will be his first championship.
Lucas Makowsky50000Regina2012: 16th overall; 2011: 12th; 2010: 9th; 2009: 17th; 2008: 13th

(1) WAR denotes number of participations at World All-Round Championships, not counting 2013.