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Olympic Speed Skating Medalist Justin Warsylewicz retires

Regina, April 24, 2014 – 2006 Olympic silver medalist in the Men’s Long Track Speed Skating Team Pursuit event, Justin Warsylewicz, from Regina, SK, announced today that he’s putting an end to his career of almost 25 years.

After he started speed skating with his hometown Regina local club at four years old, Justin Warsylewicz moved to Calgary after he was done high school to train with the long track national team. In 2004, he became the all round champion at the World Junior Championships.

Justin Warsylewicz

Joyce Leggatt passes away

Speed Skating Canada sadly announces the death of Joyce Leggatt, on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

Joyce Leggatt was a founding member and president of the Cambridge Club. She was also at times the President of the Ontario Speed Skating Association and a long-time board member of Speed Skating Canada.

Joyce Leggatt

Alice Humeny, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Volunteer of the Year (CSTA)

Speed Skating Canada would like to congratulate Alice Humeny, Chair of the ISU Essent World Cup in Calgary, AB, who received the CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award.

She received her award at the 8th Annual PRESTIGE Awards Luncheon, held Wednesday, April 2, in Edmonton, in conjunction with the CSTA’s 2014 Sport Events Congress at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton.

The PRESTIGE Awards pays tribute to individuals and groups from across Canada for their contributions to the sport tourism industry.

Speed Skating Canada congratulates its Olympians Cindy Klassen and Marcel Lacroix, new inductees at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

Photo Credit: Jeff Bough

Ottawa, April 2, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada would like to congratulate its Olympians, long track star Cindy Klassen and coach Marcel Lacroix as the Canadian Olympic Committee announced, today, their nomination to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. The gala will be held Friday, June 6, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg, MB, and Marcel Lacroix from Montreal, QC, won or contributed to six Olympic medals each in three Olympic Games.

Canada East Short Track Championships 2014

Approximately 125 athletes aged 11 to 15 competed in the Canada East Short Track Championships in Rivière-du-Loup at the Centre Premier Tech this past weekend (March 29 to 30).

 

 “At this meet I enjoyed competing with skaters from other provinces I didn’t know. This meet was a great experience for practicing technique for races because of the great competitors. There was excellent organisation within the competition witch overall made a memorable experience.”

Kate Miyasaki, Ontario, girls 14

 

Kali Christ 10th after day 1 of World Allround Championships. Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships

March 22, 2014 – Kali Christ of Regina is the top Canadian and is 10th entering Sunday’s final two races at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

 

The 22-year-old placed fourth in the 500m in 39.37 seconds and 12th in the 3000m in 4:14.39 on Saturday at the final competition on the ISU international calendar. It wraps up with a 1500m and 5000m on Sunday for the women and 1500m and 10000m for the men.

 

Kali Christ 10th after day 1 of World Allround Championships

Kali Christ of Regina is the top Canadian and is 10th entering Sunday’s final two races at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
 
The 23-year-old placed fourth in the 500m in 39.37 seconds and 12th in

Speed Skating Canada names Patrick Godbout as Communications and Media Relations Manager

Ottawa, March 20th, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is pleased to announce that Patrick Godbout will be its new Communications and Media Relations Manager effective Tuesday, April 1st.

Speed Skating Canada names Patrick Godbout as Communications and Media Relations Manager

Ottawa, March 20th, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is pleased to announce that Patrick Godbout will be its new Communications and Media Relations Manager effective Tuesday, April 1st.

 

2014 Short Track Speed Skating World Championships. An and Shim crowned World Champions. Charles Hamelin and Valérie Maltais take bronze

Montréal, March 16th, 2014 - The very last individual race of the Short Track Speed Skating World Championships, the 3000m, determined the final cumulative individual standings to crown the 2014 World Champions before 4500 spectators at Maurice-Richard Arena: Russia’s Victor An and Korea’s Suk-Hee Shim.
 
At the very last turn, Victor An was barely ahead of Charles Hamelin, who was convinced he could overtake him at the finish line. Unfortunately, Hamelin tripped up and slid into the mats. 
 

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