Canadian long track speed skaters to compete at last World Cup before Christmas in Heerenveen, Netherlands

The Canadian long track speed skating team, led by multiple medal winners so far this season Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil, closes out the pre-Christmas international schedule this week in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Dec. 12-14, with the fourth World Cup of the season..
                                                                                               
Dubreuil of Levis, Que., won his third straight 500m medal of the season on Dec. 7 in Berlin, Germany. His bronze medal that day added to a silver on Dec. 5 and a bronze on Nov. 23 in Seoul, Korea.
 
Blondin of Ottawa has three straight mass start podium finishes. She won silver Dec. 7 in Berlin to go with her win in Obihiro, Japan, on Nov. 16 and her bronze Nov. 23 in Seoul. Blondin also won a bronze medal in the 5,000m for a tally of four medals so far this year.
 
The Heereveen competition begins Friday, Dec. 12 with the first of two 500s for both men and women, the women’s 3,000m and the men’s team pursuit.
 
On Saturday, Dec. 13, skaters will race the 1,000m, the men’s 5,000m and women’s team pursuit.
 
The World Cup concludes Sunday, Dec. 14 with another 500m, both 1,500m events and the men’s and women’s mass starts.
 
Members of the Canadian National Team for the ISU Long Track World Cup #4 (Heerenveen, Netherlands)
                                                                                    
Men
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
-JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
-MacLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)

Women
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-HANLY, Kate (Calgary, AB)
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK.)
-IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
-McGUIRE, Lauren (Ottawa, ON)
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
-OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Edmonton, AB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
 
More information, including the complete schedule and the lists of entrants for each race (posted the night before each event), can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
Live streaming of A group races in Heerenveen will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.
 
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.

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