Nesbitt preparing for season with busy opening week at ISU Essent World Cup

Nesbitt preparing for season with busy opening week at ISU Essent World Cup

Canadian star to skate in her top event the 1000m Sunday

Calgary, Nov. 9, 2013 – Christine Nesbitt came to The Olympic Oval this week with a hectic schedule planned, and had her busiest day Saturday at the ISU Essent World Cup Speed Skating.

The London, Ont., athlete raced her second 500m of the week along with the 1500m and will skate her signature event Sunday in the 1000m. She is the reigning Olympic champion at that distance.

“I’m not going to be doing that at the Olympics because the races aren’t on the same day, but I know that I’m usually rustier at the beginning of the season and the more races I can get under my belt the better I perform,” she said.

“I’m the only one who did a 500m and a 1500m right after, but when I’m skating well it doesn’t affect my 1500m. It’s not like the 500m took away from my 1500m today.”

Nesbitt placed seventh in the 1500m and 18th in the 500m earlier Saturday. Marsha Hudey of Regina was 19th in the 500m. In the 1500m, Kali Christ of Regina finished 15th – a personal best – and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, 18th.

Saturday’s festivities included a ceremony to honour Clara Hughes as the sixth Canadian speed skater to join the Olympic Oval’s Wall of Champions.

The World Cup wraps up Sunday with the men’s 500m and 5000m; and women’s 1000m and Team Pursuit.

Saturday got off to a record start as Korea’s Sang-Hwa Lee bettered her own world best in the women’s 500 metres with a time of 36.74 seconds. She posted a 36.80 on the same track at a World Cup on Jan. 20, in the previous season.

The Netherlands broke their own world record in men’s Team Pursuit with a time of 3:37.17. The Canadian men finished fourth. Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., Lucas Makowsky of Regina and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, skated for Canada.

Jamie Gregg of Edmonton, Alta., was the top Canadian in the men’s 1000m in seventh. Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was 11th.

The men’s 1000m involved a crash that sent Canadian William Dutton hard into the mats on the final turn. The Humboldt, Sask., competitor left the ice on a stretcher but returned to the Oval before the end of the day sporting 12 stitches that sealed up two lacerations on his right leg.

B division results

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary and Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg posted identical times to tie for 11th in the women's B 500m. Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg of Red Deer, Alta., placed 14th.

Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg placed sixth and Gilmore Junio of Calgary seventh in the men's B 1000m.

Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., finished 15th and Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., 25th in the women's B 1500m.

Audio Clips

Christine Nesbitt

William Dutton

SCHEDULE FOR ESSENT ISU WORLD CUP SPEED SKATING:

Sunday, Nov. 10

10:45 a.m. Opening ceremony

11 a.m. Division A Men 500m (2nd)

Women 1000m

Men 5000m

Women team pursuit

2:30 p.m. Division B Men 500m (2nd)

Women 1000m

Men 5000m