SSC’s long track 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 Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec hosts the competition at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City from Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2.
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 100 skaters (updated list of skaters) from across the country will be in Quebec City for Canada Cup #1, including national team members Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., and Muncef Ouardi of Quebec City, and 11 development team athletes. Dubreuil set new track records in the 500 metres (36.47 seconds) and 1,000 metres (1:12.84) at last year’s first Canada Cup.
The Canada Cup circuit resumes in Calgary from Jan. 3 to 6. The Canada Cup returns to Quebec City from Feb. 1 to 3, and then Calgary for the last one from March 7 to 11.
For daily results from Canada Cup #1, visit SSC’s results page.