Canadian Long Track Speed Skaters to end season at Canada Cup #4/Olympic Oval Finale in Calgary

Calgary, March 15, 2017 – Around 30 members of Speed Skating Canada’s National Teams will end their season by taking part in the last competition: the Canada Cup #4/Olympic Oval Finale, March 16-19, in Calgary.

Among them, the silver medalist in the 1000m and bronze medalist in the Mass Start at the World Single Distance Championships held in February in Gangneung, in South Korea, respectively Vincent De Haître from Cumberland, ON, and Olivier Jean from Lachenaie, QC, will be in action.

A total of 318 skaters, including 170 from Canada, will take part in the competition, including athletes from Australia, China, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and United States.

Canada Cup competitions are a series of events where athletes can earn points for each distance towards season-ending rankings, as well as a competition for senior and junior A, B, C2 athletes, this last category being dedicated to skaters born between July 1st, 2001, and June 30, 2002.

The list of other skaters also include:

-Members of the Canadian Team at the 2017 World Single Distance Championships Jordan Belchos, Ted-Jan Bloemen, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Ben Donnelly, William Dutton, Heather McLean, Denny Morrison and Isabelle Weidemann, as well as medalists Vincent De Haître and Olivier Jean;

-Members of Speed Skating Canada’s Senior and NextGen groups: Dan Carruthers, Kali Christ, Braden Clouthier, Sam Deckert, Daniel Dubreuil, Christopher Fiola, Noémie Fiset, Jacob Graham, Jordan Henkelman, Cooper Hunter, Alec Janssens, Maddison Pearman, Josie Spence, Stefan Waples and Robert Watson;

-Members of the National Team who won eight medals at the World Junior Championships Carolane Gingras, Véronique Déry, Connor Howe, David La Rue, and Brooklyn McDougall, as well as individual medalists Tyson Langelaar, Graeme Fish and Béatrice Lamarche.

The event will be webcasted at https://www.youtube.com/theolympicoval. Admission is free and races will start everyday at 9am.
 
More info, including the full schedule and results, is available at Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

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 14,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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