Intact Insurance announces 8th season of Podium Tracker Program to support youth speed skating clubs across Canada

Ottawa, February 15, 2018 – Since its inception in 2010, the Intact Insurance Podium Tracker program has donated over $300,000 to 150 speed skating clubs across the country and that number will grow higher again this year. Every time a Canadian skater wins an individual medal at a long or short track World Cup or World Championship Intact Insurance donates $1,000 towards the Podium Tracker program.

Quebec City to host Speed Skating Canada’s National Age Class Long Track Championships

Quebec City, February 8, 2018 – A total of 143 young long track speed skaters from across the country will be in action Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, at the Gaétan Boucher Oval in Quebec City (930, avenue Roland-Beaudin) for Speed Skating Canada’s National Age Class Long Track Championships.

The Olympic Style 500m, 1500m, and Mass Start 300m, 3000m, relays, 1500m Super Final and Team Pursuit events are presented in the Girls 11, 12, 13 and 14, as well as Boys 12, 13, 14 and 15 categories. Races will be start at 9:15 am Saturday and 8:45 am Sunday.

Fort St. John to host Speed Skating Canada’s National Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3

Fort St. John, January 31, 2018 – A total of 129 long track speed skaters from across the country will be in action this weekend, February 2-4, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre (9324 – 96 Street) in Fort St. John, B.C., for Speed Skating Canada’s 2018 National Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3.

Among them, 90 junior skaters will aim for spots at the 2018 ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships to be held March 9-11 in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

Olympic gold medalist Guillaume Bastille announces his retirement from short track speed skating

Montreal, January 25, 2018 – Short track speed skater Guillaume Bastille, from Rivière-du-Loup, QC, who contribued to Canada's gold medal in the men's relay at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, announced on Thursday that he was retiring.

Speed Skating Canada unveils its final short track team for the 2018 Olympic Games

Montreal, January 24, 2018 – One week away from the Canadian short track speed skating team's departure to PyeongChang, South Korea, Speed Skating Canada unveiled on Wednesday its final roster for the 2018 Olympic Games.

On the men's side, Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, and Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, will be in action in all three individual events, i.e. the 500m, in which only two Canadian athletes will be skating, as well as the 1000m and the 1500m.

Blondin wins gold in 3000m, Boisvert-Lacroix collects bronze in 500m in last day of racing before PyeongChang

Erfurt, Germany, January 21, 2018 – Ivanie Blondin and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix finished their preparation for the PyeongChang Olympic Games on a strong note, as they respectively won gold in the women's 3000m and bronze in the men's 500m, Sunday, at the ISU World Cup stage held in Erfurt, Germany.
On the last day of international competition before the Games, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa collected her fourth individual medal on the World Cup circuit this season, her first gold.

Ted-Jan Bloemen earns bronze in 5000m at World Cup stage in Germany

Erfurt, Germany, January 20, 2018 – Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary won the bronze medal in the men's 5000m held on Saturday, coming up with his fourth podium finish in as many races in that distance on this season's World Cup circuit, as part of the stage held in Erfurt, Germany.
Bloemen, who holds the world record in that distance he set earlier this season in Salt Lake City, skated Saturday's race in 6:17.11, a little more than two seconds away from the winner, Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen (6:14.66). Italy's Nicola Tumolero (6:16.11) collected silver.

De Haître and Junio the top Canadians on the first day of the World Cup stage in Germany

Erfurt, Germany, January 19, 2018 – Canada's long track speed skaters continue to prepare for the Olympics, Friday, on the first day of the ISU World Cup Long Track stage held until Sunday in Erfurt, Germany, as Vincent De Haître in the 1500m and Gilmore Junio in the 500m were the top Canadians of the day, both finishing in 10th place of their respective distances.

Sherbrooke to host Canadian Senior Short Track Selections #1

The competition will take place this weekend, January 19-21, at Eugène-Lalonde Arena
Sherbrooke, January 18, 2018 – Eugène-Lalonde Arena in Sherbrooke will play host over the weekend, January 19-21, to the top 64 senior short track speed skaters in Canada, except for the Canadian Olympic Team members, as they will be taking part in the Canadian Senior Short Track Selections #1.

The 32 male and 32 female skaters involved will look to improve on their national ranking with the objective of qualifying for the national team next season.

Last preparation for PyeongChang for the Long Track Olympic Long Track Team at the ISU World Cup in Germany

Competitions will be held this weekend, January 19-21, in Erfurt

Erfurt, Germany, January 16, 2018 – Members of the Canadian Olympic Long Track Speed Skating Team will finalize their preparation for the Olympic Games by taking part in the fifth ISU World Cup of the season, and the last before PyeongChang, to be held January 19-21 in Erfurt, Germany.