Morrison, Blondin & Dubreuil to lead Canadian team for the Long Track World Single Distance Championships, Feb. 12-15, in the Netherlands

Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison as well as 2014-2015 World Cups multimedalists Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil will lead a team of 13 confirmed skaters at the 2015 Long Track Speed Skating World Single Distance Championships held in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Feb. 12-15.
 
Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., willl take part in the 1,000m and 1500m events. He will try to repeat his 1,500m gold-medal skate from 2012 when the Long Track World Single Distance Championships were also held in Heerenveen. He also won the 1,500m world title in Nagano, Japan in 2008 and has seven individual medals in total on his resume at the World Single Distance Championships.

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., Canada’s only World Cup medalist this season with Blondin, is also confirmed for the 500m at the world championships. He has a silver and three bronze medals so far this season in the 500m.
 
Blondin of Ottawa, ON, will compete in the 3,000m, 5,000m and mass start races. Blondin has five medals on the World Cup circuit so far this season — two gold, a silver and a bronze medal in mass start and a bronze in the 5,000m.
 
Speed Skating Canada will confirm athletes for three additional spots which will be decided at the upcoming World Cup races.
 
A third Canadian men’s spot in the 1,000m, joining Morrison and Vincent de Haître of Cumberand, Ont., is up for grabs. The fastest Canadian in this event in day 2 at the World Cup in Heerenveen, Feb. 7-8, will earn the third spot.

A second spot in the women’s 1000m event will also be decided on day 2 in Heerenven. This spot was earned by Ivanie Blondin but she will not skate that distance at the World Championships.

Same thing for the second Canadian men’s spot in the 1,500m which will be decided at the World Cup in Hamar, Norway, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, AB, qualified for the spot and has decided not to take part in this event.
 
Canadian team confirmed for the World Single Distance Championships Feb. 12-15 in Heerenveen, Netherlands:
 
Men
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON) – Team Pursuit
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) - 5000m, 10 000m
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) – 1000m
-DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB) – Mass Start
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) - 500m
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB) - 500m
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.) – 1000m, 1500m      
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON) – Mass Start
 
Women
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) - 3000m, 5000m, Mass Start
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK) – 1000m, 1500m, Mass Start
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) - 500m
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) - 500m
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.) – 1500m, Team Pursuit
 
More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

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