Olympic medalists Olivier Jean & Marie-Ève Drolet in action at the Canadian Senior Open Selection #2

Montréal, March 7, 2016 – The best 71 senior short track speed skaters in Canada, except the Canadian National Team members competing at the World Championships also to be held this weekend in Seoul, South Korea, will be in action at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal, this weekend, March 10-13, for the Canadian Senior Open Selections #2.

The 37 male and 34 female skaters will look to improve their national ranking with the objective of qualifying for the national team next season.

Olympic medalists Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, QC, and Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, QC, will headline the list of athletes and will compete against many national team members of the Canada's 2015-2016 World Cups team, including Patrick Duffy, Cédrik Blais, Pascal Dion and Jamie Macdonald.

Here are the approximate competition schedule (local time):

Thursday, March 10 (Prelims/Heats: 1500m/500m)
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Friday, March 11 (repechage and final rounds: 1500m)
1:10 pm to 5:20 pm

Saturday, March 12 (repechage and final rounds: 500m)
1:10 pm to 5:40 pm

Sunday, March 13 (repechage and final rounds: 1000m, 3000m and relays)
9:40 am to 4:30 pm

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval and WinSport Canada.

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