Speed Skating Canada endorses VANOC’s selection of Richmond for speed skating oval

With the goal of keeping Canada a world leader in speed skating, Speed Skating Canada is pleased to officially endorse the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s selection of the City of Richmond as the site for the new Olympic Oval for the 2010 Olympic Games.

“Speed Skating Canada is fully committed to working with VANOC and the City of Richmond to provide our athletes with the best possible environment and support so they can continue to win internationally and be fully prepared for 2010,” said Jean R. Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada.

The planned facility would give Canadian athletes a second world class covered speed skating facility and access to the necessary resources and infra-structure to remain a world leader in the sport.

With VANOC’s commitment to completing the facility 24 months prior to the start of the Games, this will provide a great opportunity for Canadian speed skaters to have some home advantage and get acclimatized to the venue and the ice conditions. In addition, the facility will not only serve as a great complement to the existing facilities in Calgary and Ste-Foy, Québec but will also play host to many international speed skating events in the future.

The legacy of the new speed skating facility combined with Speed Skating Canada’s year-long review and improvement to its athlete development model will help shape the success of Canadian speed skaters for 2010 and beyond. The facility will now place the Lower Mainland in an ideal position to be a haven for speed skating activities.

“Canada has become a very successful long track speed skating nation through the opportunities that are provided by the Calgary Oval. It is essential for the continued success of Canadian speed skaters that the Legacy of a covered oval in Vancouver remains,” said Dupré. “Both venues will complement each other in the preparation of High performance athletes and the development of elite Canadian skaters.”

Speed Skating Canada is the national governing body responsible for the advancement and growth of speed skating in Canada.