Catriona Le May Doan Officially Launches National Voting in Second Annual ING Speed Skating Challenge

– Encourages Canadians to Vote for Country’s Best Speed Skating Story –

Calgary, Alberta – The Top 16 video stories from across the Country have been determined by Head Judge Catriona Le May Doan and a select group of Guest Judges including Jeremy Wotherspoon, Charles Hamelin, Alanna Kraus, Jessica Gregg and last year’s winner Alastair Starke.

Now it’s Canada’s turn.

Over the next six weeks, people from coast-to-coast-to-coast will decide who will be crowned Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story.

Beginning today, Canadians are encouraged to view the Top 16 and vote for their favorite video stories at www.INGSpeedSkatingChallenge.com.

ING SPEED SKATING CHALLENGE VOTING TIMELINE

Round 1: Top 16 – Begins Monday February 9, 2009, Ends Sunday February 22, 2009
Round 2: Quarterfinals (Top 8) – Begins Monday February 23, 2009, Ends Sunday March 1, 2009
Round 3: Semifinals (Top 4) – Begins Monday March 2, 2009, Ends Sunday March 8, 2009
Round 4: Finals (Top 2) – Begins Monday March 9, 2009, Ends Friday March 20, 2009

All voting periods close at 12:00 Midnight MST.

The winner will be crowned on March 21, 2009 at the ING Video Awards Party during the season’s final weekend of competition at the ING Finale at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

ING SPEED SKATING CHALLEGE PRIZING

Winner, ING Speed Skating Challenge:
Title of Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story
All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
$5000 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
New Pair of Speed Skates
Canon Digital Camera
Cheerios Prize Package
Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Runner-up, ING Speed Skating Challenge:
All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
$2500 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
Canon Digital Camera
Cheerios Prize Package
Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Catriona’s Most Inspirational Award:
All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
$1000 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
Bell Prize Package
Canon Digital Camera
Cheerios Prize Package
Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Top 4 (Semi-Finalists):
Bell Prize Package

Top 8 (Quarter-Finalists):
Cheerios Prize Package

Top 16 + 8 Honorable Mentions:
Timex Ironman Watch