INFO: Canada’s long track team, World Cup in Kazakhstan

OTTAWA – Speed Skating Canada’s national long track team continues its season with the second Essent ISU World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27.

The schedule for the World Cup in Kazakhstan is as follows (note that Astana is 11 hours ahead of ET):
Friday, Nov. 25: women 500m (1) and 3000m; men 500m (1) and 1500m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: women 500m (2) and 1500m; men 500m (2) and 5000m.
Sunday, Nov. 27: women and men 1000m and mass start.

Canada’s team for the second World Cup:
Women: Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa (3000m, mass start), Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary (500m, 1000m), Nicole Garrido of Edmonton (1500m, 3000m, mass start), Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg (1000m, 1500m, 3000m), Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont. (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m), Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta. (1000m), Shannon Rempel (500m, 1000m, 1500m) and Brittany Schussler (1500m, 3000m), both from Winnipeg.
Men: Jordan Belchos of Toronto (5000m, mass start), Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg (500m, 1500m), William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask. (500m), Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que. (1500m, 5000m), Jamie Gregg of Edmonton (500m, 1000m), Gilmore Junio of Calgary (500m, 1000m), Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (500m), Lucas Makowsky of Regina (1000m, 1500m, 5000m), Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C. (1000m, 1500m, mass start), Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man. (1000m), and Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que. (mass start).

Update since last World Cup in Russia:
- Nesbitt won the gold medal in the 1,000 metres and silver in the 1,500-metre race. Morrison took the bronze medal in the 1,000 metres. Nesbitt, Klassen et Schussler won gold in the team pursuit.
- Giroux joins the team in Astana. He will compete in the 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres.
- The mass start replaces the team pursuit race in the second World Cup. The women’s mass start is 15 laps and the men’s is 20.
- Blondin and Garrido will also compete in the women’s mass start, while Belchos, Morrison and Riopel will represent the men.
- Nesbitt will also skate in the 3,000 metres.

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 first World Cup.
- Results: ISU results website will update the races as they happen.
- 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 Astana, the 2011-12 long track schedule continues in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from Dec. 2 to 4.

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