NEWS: Canada Cup series starts this weekend

OTTAWA – The first of four of Speed Skating Canada’s long track Canada Cup series gets underway this weekend as the Quebec Speed Skating Federation hosts the competition at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

Friday’s races will see the women’s 500-metre and 1,500-metre races, junior men’s 3,000 metres and men’s 500 metres and 1,000 metres. On Saturday, the featured distances are 1,000 metres and 3,000 for women, and 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres for men. On Sunday, the women and men will compete in the second 500 metres and 1,000 metres. The women will also race in the 5,000 metres and the men 10,000 metres. Races are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. each day.

The Canada Cups are key events throughout the season as they are used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The competitions are open to junior and senior skaters who meet specific distance time standards.

More than 110 skaters (updated list of skaters) from across the country will be in Quebec City for the first Canada Cup, including national team members Vincent Labrie of Saint-Romuald, Que., and Muncef Ouardi of Quebec City, and 10 development team athletes.

The Canada Cup circuit resumes in Calgary from Jan. 5 to 8, followed by Saskatoon from Feb. 3 to 5 and the last one from March 15 to 18 in Calgary.

For daily results from the first Canada Cup, visit SSC’s results and rankings page.

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