CBC Sports & TVA Sports, official broadcasters for the 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal

The competition will take place March 17-18 at Maurice-Richard Arena

Montreal, December 13, 2017 – The 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, set to take place at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal next March, will be broadcast on television on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th on CBC Sports and TVA Sports, respectively named official English and French-language broadcasters of the event.
 
A few weeks only after the 2018 Olympic Games frenzy in Pyeongchang, South Korea, viewers will be able to follow all the emotion of what could be the last time on ice for some Canadian Olympic medalists on the international scene. It will be a unique opportunity to see them in action and witness this last historic chapter on the Quebec and Canadian sports scene.
 
On CBC, the final rounds will be broadcast live from 5 pm to 6 pm (Eastern Time) on Saturday, March 17, and the next day from 4 pm to 5 pm (local time) as part of CBC Sports’ weekly Road To The Olympic Games program. In addition, CBC Sports will provide live-streaming coverage of all races from the event at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. CBC Sports was chosen by the ISU as the host broadcaster for the World Championships.
 
“We are proud to partner with Speed Skating Canada to provide Canadians with coverage of this prestigious event that will further extend our storytelling opportunities around a sport in which so many of our homegrown athletes excel,” said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, Olympics. “As Canada’s Olympic Network, we follow the athlete’s journey 365 days a year and it is through coverage of events like this one that we continue to strengthen the connection between Canadian audiences and the athletes who represent them on the world stage.”
 
In French, racing will be broadcast live on TVA Sports Saturday, March 17 from 1:30 pm to 6 pm, and on Sunday, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
 
“Short Track Speed Skating is a sport that is increasingly popular, and whose athletes like the Hamelin brothers, Charles and François, and Marianne St-Gelais, have touched people from Quebec by their performances and exceptional stories. TVA Sports is proud to broadcast the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships which will be held in Montreal in March,” said Serge Fortin, TVA Sports’ vice president.
 
“Speed Skating Canada and Patinage de vitesse international de Montréal (PAVIM) are happy to work once again with its long-time partner CBC Sports, and to announce that a new partnership with TVA Sports has been reached for the broadcast in French of the upcoming ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships”, said PAVIM President Claude Fauteux.
 
“Thanks to these media partners, we not only see this as an opportunity to show off to the Canadian audience the best short track speed skaters in Canada and in the world on home soil, as they will want to repeat their success or make amends following the Olympics, which will have taken place a few weeks earlier. We also see this as an extraordinary opportunity, thanks to the interest shown by these broadcasters, to promote our sport in different ways and through various forms of content. Thank you, CBC Sports and TVA Sports!”
 
Racing will also be webcast live at www.cbc.ca/sports.
 
People who love speed, thrills and extreme sports and who will want to attend the event in person can buy tickets through the official website of the 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at www.montreal2018.ca.
 
Tickets are on sale for $40 per day in the Red section, $25 in the White section and $20 in the Blue section. Prices include taxes and service fees. Admission for kids 2 years of age or less is free as long as they can sit on a parent's lap.
 
Special promotion for clubs until Jan. 15
Until January 15, 2018, members of speed skating clubs can also take advantage of a special price that includes a 25% discount. During the promotion period, tickets will be available for $29.63 in the Red section, $18.49 in the White section and $15.50 in the Blue section (prices include taxes and service fees).

To allow them to take advantage of this promotion, clubs who are members of the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec will each be able to use a special code. Clubs will then simply need to input this code when they make their online purchase. Those located outside Quebec can contact the organizing committee to get a promotional code at info@montreal2018.ca.
 
The 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships are presented by Patinage de vitesse international de Montréal (PAVIM) on behalf of Speed Skating Canada. Montreal hosted this event previously in 1987, 2002 and 2014.

Additional details are available on the website of the 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at www.montreal2018.ca.

PAVIM, the host organizing committee for the 2018 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, would like to thank its partners and sponsors: the International Skating Union (ISU), Speed Skating Canada, the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, CBC Sports, TVA Sports, Li-Ning, Liqui Moly, KPN, Hôtel Universel, The Olympic Park and Tourism Montréal.
 
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. 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.
 
Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis
 
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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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC
 
Simon Bassett
Publicist, CBC Sports
Email: simon.bassett@cbc.ca
Phone: 416-205-8533 (office) / 416-988-1590 (mobile)
 
Audrey St-Pierre
Media Attache Groupe TVA
Email: Audrey.st-pierre@tva.ca
Phone : 514-598-2902