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Speed Skating Canada presents its National Team for the first Short Track ISU World Cup of the season in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

Speed Skating Canada announced today its line-up for the first Short Track ISU World Cup of the 2014-2015 season held in Salt Lake City, U.S.A., November 7-9.

A total of 160 athletes representing 22 countries, including China, Great Britain, South Korea, Russia and U.S.A., will take part in this competition.

Following World Cups will be held November 14-16 in Montréal, December 12-14 in Shanghai, China, December 19-21 in Seoul, South Korea, February 6-8 in Dresden, Germany, and February 13-15 in Izmir, Turkey.

Launch of children’s book “Lucy Tries Short Track” to encourage early literacy and active lifestyles

Children’s book “Lucy Tries Short Track” is being officially launched today with help from students at the Edinburgh School in West Montreal, just one week before the Short Track ISU World Cup in Montreal.

Edinburgh School is one of the schools in the English Montreal School Board that will get free copies thanks to the financial support of Olympia Trust Company.
 

Speed Skating Canada presents its National Team members for the first four ISU Long Track World Cups

2014 Winter Olympic star Denny Morrison leads 20-member squad into fall competitions
 
CALGARY, Alta, Oct. 29, 2014 - Canada will be represented by a team of Olympic veterans and promising young skaters at the first four ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Cups, launching a new Olympic quadrennial this fall toward 2018.
 
Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., headlines the team of eight women and 12 men, three of whom will be making their World Cup debuts next month.
 

Injured, Charle Cournoyer to miss first two World Cups of the season

Olympic medalist will be replace in Salt Lake City by Samuel Bélanger-Marceau and by Yoan Gauthier in Montreal

Charle Cournoyer, who won a bronze medal in 500m in short track speed skating at the 2014 Olympic Games, will miss the first two ISU World Cups of the season because of a fractured right foot.

Vincent de Haître and Kali Christ win 1,000m titles at ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections

Vincent de Haître of Cumberland, Ont., and Kali Christ of Regina won the 1,000m events, Sunday at the Calgary Olympic Oval, at the ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections.

They both added to their victories posted earlier in the week, in the 1,500m races.

Also Sunday, on the last day of the selections, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Rob Watson of Whitby, Ont., won the 16-lap mass start races.

Bloemen sets Canadian record in 10,000m at ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections

Ted-Jan Bloemen broke a long-standing Canadian record in the men’s 10,000m race, Saturday at the Calgary Olympic Oval, at Speed Skating Canada's ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections.

The Dutch-born skater, who moved to Calgary in June to skate for his father’s place of birth, finished in 13 minutes 7.38 seconds to top the mark of 13:10.58 that Arne Dankers posted in 2005 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Blondin, Bloemen win distance races at ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Ted-Jan Bloemen, who arrived in Calgary from his native Netherlands in June with plans to skate for his father’s homeland, won Friday’s distance races at Speed Skating Canada's ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Blondin skated a strong four minutes, 07.70 seconds to win the women’s 3,000m while Bloemen blazed to a personal best of 6:15.75 in the men’s 5,000m.

Kali Christ, Vincent de Haitre win 1,500m races at Fall Long Track ISU World Cups Selections

Kali Christ of Regina and Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., who both made their Olympic debuts in Sochi, Russia last February, won the 1,500m races Thursday, on the opening day of Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Long Track ISU World Cups Selections at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Christ finished the women's race in one minute, 57.09 seconds. Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was second in 1:59.65 while Kate Hanly of Calgary took third in 2:00.54.

Canada’s Best Long Track Speed Skaters kick-off new Olympic cycle in Calgary

The best long track speed skaters in the country will be at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Oct. 23-26, for Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Long Track ISU World Cups Selections.

The skaters will aim at qualification for the team that will represent Canada at the first four ISU Long Track World Cups in Obihiro, Japan (Nov. 14-16), Seoul, South Korea (Nov. 21-23), Berlin, Germany (Dec. 5-7), and Heerenveen, Netherlands (Dec. 12-14).  

Olympic silver medalist Jessica Hewitt announces her retirement from speed skating

Olympic silver medalist Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., announced today she is retiring from short track speed skating.
 
The 28 year old won a silver medal in the women's 3000m relay event at her first Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, last February along with Marie-Ève Drolet, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais. She also took the 13th spot in the 500m event.
 

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