INFO: Canada’s long track team - World Cup in Heerenveen

OTTAWA – Speed Skating Canada’s national long track team continues its season with the third Essent ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, in the Netherlands, from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

The schedule for the World Cup in Heerenveen is as follows (note that the Netherlands is six hours ahead of ET):
Friday, Dec. 2: women 500m (1) and 5000m; men 500m (1) and 1500m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: women 500m (2) and 1500m; men 500m (2) and 10000m.
Sunday, Dec. 4: women and men 1000m, team pursuit and team sprint (demonstration).

Canada’s team for the third World Cup:
Women: Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa (5000m), Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary (500m, 1000m), Nicole Garrido of Edmonton (1500m, 5000m), Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg (1000m, 1500m, 5000m), Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont. (500m, 1000m, 1500m), Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta. (1000m), Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg (500m, 1000m, 1500m), Brittany Schussler Winnipeg (1500m, 5000m), and Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C. (5000m)
Men: Jordan Belchos of Toronto (10000m), Scott Bickerton of Nelson, B.C. (10000m), Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg (500m, 1500m), William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask. (500m), Jamie Gregg of Edmonton (500m, 1000m), Gilmore Junio of Calgary (500m, 1000m), Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (500m), Lucas Makowsky of Regina (1500m), Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C. (1000m, 1500m), Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man. (1000m), Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que. (1000m, 1500m), and Stefan Waples of Winnipeg (10000m).

Update since last World Cup in Kazakhstan:
- Nesbitt won two more gold medals, 1,000 and 1,500-metre races. Morrison took the silver medal in the 1,500 metres.
- Bickerton, Spence and Waples join the team in Heerenveen for their first career World Cups.
- The team pursuit race replaces mass start, and the team sprint is introduced as a demonstration event. The sprint is for teams of three skaters over three laps.

The following is an outline of the how SSC will provide information, results and audio clips from athletes and coaches:
- Background notes: Team and athlete information is available in this document (PDF) – updated from the second World Cup.
- Results: ISU results website will update the races as they happen. Here is the host committee website.
- Updates: SSC will also use its Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/SSC_PVC, for updates. Also note the athlete’s individual Twitter account with their bios.
- News releases: SSC will distribute a summary news release after all the races of the day are completed.
- Quotes: Audio (MP3 format) from athletes and coaches will be available on the SSC website with links on the news release.

After Heerenveen, the 2011-12 long track World Cup schedule continues in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 21 and 22.

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