Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais & the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team in action on CBC Sports at Calgary’s ISU World Cup

Calgary, November 1, 2016 – Short Track Speed Skating fans from coast to coast to coast in Canada will be able to see the top skaters in the world in action at the ISU World Cup, November 4-6 in Calgary.  The official broadcast of the event will be available live on CBC as part of CBC Sports’ Road To The Olympic Games and will also be streamed live at cbcsports.ca, via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, and in French at ici.radio-canada.ca/sports.

Live streaming coverage of the finals will be available on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) each day at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app.. Competitions will also be broadcast live on CBC on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). CBC Sports’ Scott Russell will host the TV broadcast and provide play-by-play commentary alongside analyst and three-time Olympic speed skating medallist Catriona Le May Doan. A full schedule is available on Speed Skating Canada’s website at http://www.speedskating.ca and at cbcsports.ca.

“As Canada’s Olympic Network, we want to provide our audiences with every opportunity to follow the journey of Canadian athletes on their path to the next Olympic Games, and events such as this one in Calgary allow us to do just that,” said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports. “It is important for us to tell the stories of homegrown athletes and, with so many of them participating in this ISU World Cup event on home ice, the event is a perfect fit and we are happy to partner with Speed Skating Canada to provide coverage to Canadian fans.”

“With the 2018 Olympic Games coming up, CBC Sports, as the official Olympic broadcaster in Canada, is a natural to offer the performances and achievements of the Canadian short and long track speed skating teams,” said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss. “Speed Skating Canada is very happy to be partners with CBC Sports for this event which will promote not only the sport through our athletes, but also the benefits of an active lifestyle to people across Canada, especially young Canadians.”

At this first World Cup of the 2016-2017 season, sports fans who love speed, excitement and risky overtaking will be able the follow the performances of Canadian Team members who will kick off their pre-Olympic season almost 450 days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
 
In Calgary, Canada will be represented by Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Charle Cournoyer, Valérie Maltais, Marie-Ève Drolet and François Hamelin, as well as their teammates Samuel Girard, Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Jamie Macdonald, Pascal Dion and William Preudhomme.

CBC Sports is Canada’s official broadcaster for this season’s short and long track world championshipsthis season, namely the ISU World Short Track Championships, to be held March 10-12, as well as the World Single Distance Championships, February 9-12, the World Sprint Championships, to take place in Calgary on February 25-26, and the World Allround Championships, March 4-5.

In this pre-Olympic season, the Canadian skaters will aim to add to the success they had last year. In 2015-2016, the Short Track National Team won a total of 54 medals – nine at the World Senior Championships, one at the World Junior Championships and 44 in World Cups. Last year’s total (54), as well as the tally at the World Championships (9) were the greatest medal haul for the team since the 1999-2000 season. The World Cup total (44) was the best since 2001-2002.

Additional details regarding the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Calgary are available at: www.speedskating.ca/calgary2016.
 
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 and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

About CBC Sports
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s Olympic Network and is committed to showcasing high-performance athletes and sports across all platforms, including Canadian athletes and their international competitors. CBC Sports prides itself on ensuring Canadians always know the athletes who represent them before they see them atop the podium.
 
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Patrick Godbout
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Simon Bassett
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