Canadian long-track speed skaters continue Olympic preparations. Ten athletes competing in Germany at World Cup event Dec. 6-8

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 5, 2013 – Ten members of Speed Skating Canada’s long-track team continue Olympic preparations here this week at the fourth event on the Essent ISU World Cup schedule. The competition runs Dec. 6-8 at the Speed Skating Hall Sportforum.

The contingent includes Canada’s most recent World Cup podium finisher, Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, who won a bronze medal in the 1500m on Nov. 30 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Also in Berlin are Marsha Hudey and Kali Christ, who are both from Regina, Kaylin Irvine of Calgary and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa.

For the men, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., who has a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 1000m this season (including Nov. 30 in Astana) is scheduled to race the 1000m, 1500m and Team Pursuit in Berlin.

Lucas Makowsky of Regina, William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Jordan Belchos of Toronto are also in Berlin.

There are a number of Canadian athletes not making the trip to Germany, including sprinters Jamie Gregg of Edmonton and Gilmore Junio of Calgary as well as Christine Nesbitt who have opted to continue their training in Calgary.

Gregg picked up two bronze medals in the 500m in the season opening World Cup in Calgary Nov. 8-10 while Junio won a gold in the 500m in Salt Lake City Nov. 15. Both Gregg and Junio are coached by Michael Crowe, who decided to have them skip Astana and Berlin in order to continue training in Calgary at the Olympic Oval.

“With how the first two World Cups in Calgary and Salt Lake City went for our men’s team, my coach and I felt like a good enough job was done to ensure full Olympic quota in our distances,” Junio wrote in a blog on his website, gilmorejunio.com.

The Canadian Olympic trials are at Calgary’s Olympic Oval Dec. 28-Jan. 3.

For live results from Berlin visit www.isuresults.eu

ROSTER FOR ESSENT ISU WORLD CUP, BERLIN, GERMANY:

Women:

  • Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa
  • Kali Christ, Regina
  • Marsha Hudey, Regina
  • Kaylin Irvine, Calgary
  • Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg

Men:

  • Jordan Belchos, Toronto
  • William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.
  • Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.
  • Lucas Makowsky, Regina.
  • Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.

Athlete bios can be found at : http://www.speedskating.ca/national-team andhttp://www.speedskating.ca/development-team-0

SCHEDULE FOR ESSENT ISU WORLD CUP BERLIN, GERMANY (WORLD CUP #4):

Friday, Dec. 6:      


Women’s 500m B;
Men’s 500m B;
Women’s 3000m B;
Men’s 1500m B;
Women’s 500m A;
Men’s 500m A;
Women’s 3000m A;
Men’s 1500m A  

Saturday, Dec. 7:


Women’s 500m B;
Men’s 1000m B;
Women’s 1500m B;
Women’s 500m A;
Men’s 1000m A;
Women’s 1500m A;
Men’s Team Pursuit

Sunday, Dec. 8:

Men’s 500m B;
Women’s 1000m B;
Men’s 5000m B;
Men’s 500m A;
Women’s 1000m A;
Men’s 5000m A;
Women’s Team Pursuit