Brittany Schussler wins bronze in 1500m at Astana, Kazakhstan Winnipeg long-track speed skater captures seventh individual World Cup medal

Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov 30, 2013 – Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler won her seventh individual long-track World Cup medal Saturday, skating to a bronze in the women’s 1500m at the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating event, the third World Cup of the season. Schussler’s time of one minute 57.78 seconds put her 0.50 second behind the winning time of Brittany Bowe of the United States (1:57.28) and 0.08 behind silver medalist Yuliya Skokova of Russia (1:57.70).

“I have felt like my 1500m races have been getting stronger every weekend,” 28-year-old Schussler said. “I know there’s still a lot of work to be done, but I’m confident I can build off this performance.”

Schussler now has one silver and six bronze medals on the World Cup circuit. Her last individual medal was a bronze in the 3000m in Moscow on Jan. 28, 2011. She also has won 15 medals — including nine gold — as a member of Canada’s women’s team pursuit squad, which currently holds the world record.

Denny Morrison had another close call for a medal in the 1000m on Saturday, placing fourth in 1:09.15. The Fort St. John, B.C., athlete missed a bronze by 0.13 hundreds of a second. Shani Davis of the United States won his third straight 1000m.

Morrison was also fourth in the 1000m in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 16. “Staying out of the spotlight has its advantages,” Morrison said. “Despite two fourth place finishes now I’ve actually managed to beat everyone on the World Cup circuit, except for Shani Davis. And I know I can beat Shani Davis.”

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was second in the women’s B 500m on Saturday.

In men’s B 500m, William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was fifth, Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg eighth and Morrison 17th.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa placed 13th and Nicole Garrido of Edmonton 16th in women’s B 1500m. Dutton was fourth, Derraugh fifth and Lucas Makowsky of Regina 10th in men’s B 1000m.

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Canadian roster for Essent ISU World Cup, Astana Kazakhstan:



Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa

Nicole Garrido, Edmonton

Kaylin Irvine, Calgary

Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg

Men :

Jordan Belchos, Toronto

Tyler Derraugh, Winnipeg

William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.

Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.

Alec Janssens, Chilliwack, B.C.

Lucas Makowsky, Regina.

Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.