Canadian long distance events specialists set for fifth long track speed skating World Cup of the season in Hamar, Norway

Canadian long distance specialists in long track speed skating will be in Hamar, Norway, this weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 1), aiming to grab the maximum quota spots for Canada for the World All Round Championships to be held in Calgary, March 7-8.
 
The Hamar World Cup will only include the 1,500m and mass start for both men and women along with a 3,000m for women and 5,000m for men.
 
A total of 24 quota spots per gender are available in total for the 2015 World All Round Championships.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Ont., have already locked up Canada's guaranteed one spot per gender. The 10 other Canadians in action in Hamar are trying to secure two other spots this weekend for a maximum quota spots of three per gender per country.
 
Hamar is the opening World Cup on the winter schedule. Morrison and Blondin pre-qualified for the Canadian team because of their top six World Cup rankings from the first four World Cups. The other Canadian competitors qualified at the Canadian Single Distance Championships Jan. 2-5 in Calgary.
 
Morrison is currently ranked sixth in the 1,500m while Blondin is first in the mass start event and sits fourth in the 3,000m points table. She will try to win a medal in a fifth consecutive World Cup this year. She won four medals, including two gold, in the mass start event and one bronze in the 5,000 event, before Christmas.
 
Making her senior World Cup debut will be Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, who is still a junior age athlete.
 
Members of the Canadian National Team for the ISU Long Track World Cup #5 in Hamar, Norway, from Jan. 31-Feb. 1:
 
Men
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)
 
Women
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-GARRIDO, Nicole (Edmonton, AB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)
 
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
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