Close to 300 Long Track Speed Skaters in Calgary as they vye for spots at PyeongChang Games

The ISU World Cup will be held December 1-3 at the Olympic Oval

Calgary, November 28, 2017 – Calgary’s Olympic Oval will host 283 long track speed skaters from around the world, December 1-3, for the third ISU World Cup stage of the season.
The athletes, representing 34 countries, will take part in the women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m and team sprint events on Friday, December 1, in front of close of 2000 kids as part of the Intact Insurance School of Speed event. On Saturday, the 1000m and team pursuit races are scheduled, as well as the mass start semifinals. The competition will end on Sunday, December 2, with the 500m, 1500m and mass start finals.
Racing will start at 12:30 pm (local time) on Friday and Sunday, and at 12 pm on Saturday.
Tickets are available through the website at a price of $15 for adults (age 18 and over), $5 for kids and teenagers (ages 6-17) and $30 for a family of four. A three-day pass is also available at a price of $15 (ages 6-17) or $30 (adults 18 and older), all prices not including GST and fees online and at the door.
The ISU World Cup will be broadcast on CBC on Saturday, December 2, from 4 pm to 5 pm (Eastern Time), and webcast live from Friday to Sunday on the CBC Sports ( and Radio-Canada Sports ( websites.
Tribute to Cindy Klassen on Sunday, Dec. 3
Six-time Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Olympic medalist Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg will be immortalized at Calgary’s Olympic Oval Sunday, December 3, as a banner representing her will be unveiled.
The ceremony will feature a video of her career highlights as well as a speech by Klassen, who was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. It will start at 1:43 pm.
The federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and MP of Calgary-Centre, the Honourable Kent Hehr, will also be in attendance on Sunday.
Throughout her career, Klassen won a total of six Olympic medals in Long Track Speed Skating, including five in 2006.
A Canadian Team of 25 skaters
After winning 12 medals at the first two World Cup stages of the season, in the Netherlands and in Norway, Canada's Long Track Speed Skating Team will be back competing at home with 25 skaters.
The Canadian team will notably be led by individual medalists from this season's first two World Cups: Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON, Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, QC, and Marsha Hudey of White City, SK.
A full list of Canadian skaters and their events is available below.
In this Olympic year, Canadian skaters will compete against the best in the world as each country is looking to qualify as many quota spots per event possible for the PyeongChang Games. Athletes are also looking to achieve International Skating Union (ISU) time selection standards on the fastest ice in the world.

Canadian Team for the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Calgary:
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON) – 5000m
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) - 5000m
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) - 1500m, 3000m, Mass Start
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC) - 500m, 1000m
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK) – 1000m, 1500m
-DE HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) - 1000m, 1500m, Team Sprint
-DONNELLY, Ben (Oshawa, ON) – 1500m, 5000m
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) - 500m, Team Sprint
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK) - 500m
-FIOLA, Christopher (Montréal, QC) – Mass Start
-FISET, Noémie (Quebec City, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-GÉLINAS-BEAULIEU, Antoine (Sherbrooke, QC) - 1500m, 5000m
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) - 500m
-IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB) - 500m, 1000m
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC) – Mass Start
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB) – 500m, 1000m, Team Sprint
-LA RUE, David (Saint-Lambert, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) - 500m
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.) – 1500m, 5000m
-MORRISON, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.) – 3000m
-MORRISON, Keri (Burlington, ON) – 1000m, 1500m, Mass Start
-REMPEL, Shannon (Winnipeg, MB) – 500m
-ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB) - 1000m, 1500m, 3000m
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON) - 1500m, 3000m
The full 2018 Olympic Selection Policies and Processes are available at
Calgary’s Olympic Oval, host organizing committee of the 2017 ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Calgary, would like to thank its following sponsors and partners:
Official sponsors of the ISU World Cups Speed Skating: KPN, Liqui Moly, DKB, De Telegraaf
Government and sport partners: Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Alberta Sport Connection, City of Calgary, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, University of Calgary’s Kinesiology Faculty
Sponsors of the event: Best Western Plus Village Park Inn, Hotel Alma, Li-Ning, Intact Insurance, National Motor Coach, Big Chief Meat Snacks, Fuel For Gold, KIA, Ricoh, Vendini, Wild Rose Brewery, Aloft Calgary University, Centro Motel, Four Points by Sheraton

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:
Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 403-589-8960

Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897