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The chase for Olympic spots in Long Track Speed Skating starts this weekend in the Netherlands

Heerenveen, Netherlands, November 8, 2017 – Canadian Long Track Speed Skaters will kick off their international season this weekend at the first ISU World Cup stage of the 2017-2018 season which will be held November 10-12 in Heerenveen, Netherlands, with, in play, qualification of quota spots for each country in the different events to be held at the 2018 Olympic Games.

Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Provisional Olympic Team in Asia for the last stretch before PyeongChang

Shanghaï, China, November 7, 2017 – The Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Provisional Olympic Team will finalize its preparation for the 2018 Olympic Games in Asia by skating in the last two World Cups of the season, including a first stop this week, November 9-12, in Shanghai, China, followed next week with the last stage in Seoul, South Korea.
 

120 Short Track Speed Skaters to compete at Calgary’s Olympic Oval November 2-5 for the Canadian Open National Qualifier

Skaters will aim to qualify for the Canadian Senior Selections #1 and the Canadian Junior Championships
   
Calgary, November 1, 2017 – Calgary’s Olympic Oval will host a total of 120 short track speed skaters from across the country for the Canadian Open National Qualifier, to be held November 2-5.
 
The Canadian Open National Qualifier will showcase the top 25 senior and 25 junior athletes per gender based on last year's national rankings, excluding those who took part in the Olympic selections in August. Remaining positions are filled based on time criteria.

Speed Skating Canada unveils its teams for the four Fall ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating stages

The first stage will be held Nov. 10-12 in Heerenveen in the Netherlands
   
Calgary, October 26, 2016 – Speed Skating Canada announced today the teams it will field for the first four ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating stages of the season, where skaters will aim to qualify spots in each distance for Canada and also vye to be pre-selected for the 2018 Olympic Games.

Ivanie Blondin, Christopher Fiola and Keri Morrison qualify for Fall World Cups in mass start

They join prequalified skater Olivier Jean; David La Rue sets a new Canadian junior record in the 1500m

Calgary, October 22, 2017 – Keri Morrison, Ivanie Blondin and Christopher Fiola joined Olivier Jean on the Canadian team for the women's and men's mass start events to be held at the Fall World Cups, while David LaRue set a new Canadian junior record in the men's 1500m, Sunday, on the fourth and last day of the Long Track Fall World Cup Selections held at Calgary's Olympic Oval.
 

Gilmore Junio wins 500m, Vincent De Haître and Denny Morrison shine in 1000m

Calgary, October 21, 2017 – In the highly competitive men's 500m event, Gilmore Junio from Calgary, AB won Saturday's race over Laurent Dubreuil from Lévis, QC, by only two hundredths of a second at the Long Track Fall World Cup Selections held at Calgary's Olympic Oval.

Junio won it with a time of 34.38 seconds as compared to 34.40 for Dubreuil. They both came up with faster times on Saturday than they did in Friday's first 500m of the competition, when they respectively finished third and fourth.

Ted-Jan Bloemen eleven seconds away from beating his world record in the 10,000m event

Calgary, October 20, 2017 – Ted-Jan Bloemen from Calgary, AB, came less than eleven seconds away from beating his own world record in the men's 10,000m, Friday, at the Long Track Fall World Cup Selections held at Calgary's Olympic Oval, as he won the race in 12:46.83.
 
Bloemen therefore came up with his second fastest time ever after setting a world record of 12:36.30 on November 21, 2015 in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.
 

Weidemann and Bloemen top the podium in 3000m and 5000m at Fall World Cup Long Track Selections

Calgary, October 19, 2017 – Isabelle Weideman of Ottawa and Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary took the top spots respectively in the women's 3000m and men's 5000m, Thursday, on the first day of competition at the Fall World Cup Long Track Selections to be held until Sunday at Calgary's Olympic Oval.

Isabelle Weidemann won with a time of 4:03.87 followed by Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, in 4:06.27 and Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, AB, in a new personal best time of 4:08.42, which she lowered from her previous best of 4:09.62.

Long Track Olympic season starts this weekend with the Fall World Cups Selections

Calgary, October 16, 2017 – The road to PyeongChang will start this week for Canadian long track speed skaters as they will take part in the Fall World Cups Selections, October 19-22, at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.
 
This competition will take place in order to select the Canadian representatives who will compete at the first four ISU World Cup Long Track stages of the 2017-2018 season: in Heerenveen, the Netherlands (November 10-12), Stavanger, Norway (November 17-19), Calgary (December 1-3), and Salt Lake City, U.S.A., December (8-10).
 

Canada remains undefeated in men's relay this season on the ISU World Cup Short Track circuit

Dordrecht, Netherlands, October 8, 2017 – The Canadian men's relay team won its second consecutive gold medal on the World Cup circuit while Samuel Girard earned his second individual medal of the weekend – silver in the men's 1000m – and the women's relay came up with bronze, Sunday, on the last day of the ISU World Cup held in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
 
With these three medals, which come on the heels of the five individual medals won on Saturday, Canada's provisional Olympic team therefore left Dordrecht with a tally of eight medals.
 

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