Canada at World Cup Final in Heerenveen

Canadian long track team in Heerenveen, Netherlands for Essent ISU World Cup Final

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands
- Canada’s long track speed skating team wraps-up the Essent ISU World Cup season with the Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10. This World Cup features the following distances: men's and women's 500 metres, 1,000 metres, 1,500 metres, mass start and team pursuit; women's 3,000 metres; and, men's 5,000 metres.

Eight women and seven men will represent Canada at the ninth and final World Cup of 2012-13. In the individual season rankings, the following Canadians are currently in the Top 10 (see links in table below for complete ranking in each distance):
- Men's 500 m: 6th Gilmore Junio (384 points); 8th Jamie Gregg (328)
- Men's 1000 m: 5th Denny Morrison, injured (325 points); 8th Tyler Derraugh (248 points)
- Women's 1000 m: 9th Christine Nesbitt (288 points)
- Women's 1500 m: 2nd Christine Nesbitt (270 points)
- Women's mass start: 3rd Ivanie Blondin (180 points)
- Men's mass start: 5th Jordan Belchos (141 points)
- Grand World Cup overall: 8th Christine Nesbitt (40.00 points)
- The women's pursuit team has 250 points and is tied for first with the Netherlands.

The World Single Distances Championships, from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 in Sochi, Russia, closes out the ISU international season. The competition will also serve the test long track speed skating event for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

Team notes for World Cup Final
Heerenveen, Netherlands - Thialf


Friday, March 8
6 p.m. (local): Women's and Men's 500 m (1) and team pursuit
Saturday, March 9
1:15 p.m. (local): Women's 1000 m and 3000 m; Men's 1000 m and 5000 m
Sunday, March 10
2 p.m. (local): Women's and Men's 500 m (2), 1500 m and mass start

ISU Web streaming; ISU results website

Team Notes

  • At World Cup #1 in Heerenveen, Netherlands (Nov. 16-18), Canada collected two individual gold medals and a bronze in the women's team pursuit. The Canadian women had seven top 10 finishes, including the medals, while the men had six.
  • At World Cup #2 in Kolomna, Russia (Nov. 24-25), Canada collected two individual medals, a silver and bronze. The Canadian women had two top 10 finishes, including the medals, while the men had one.
  • At World Cup #3 in Astana, Kazakhstan (Dec. 1-2), Canada collected one individual medal, a gold by Christine Nesbitt in the 1500 m, and one gold medal in women's team pursuit. The Canadian women had three top 10 finishes, including the medals, while the men had two in the top 10.
  • At World Cup #4 in Nagano, Japan (Dec. 8-9), Canada won a gold and two silver individual medals, and a gold in men's team sprint. The Canadian women had four top 10 finishes, including the medals, while the men had seven in the top 10.
  • At World Cup #5 in Harbin, China (Dec. 15-16), the Canadian men had four top 10 finishes.
  • At World Cup #6 in Calgary (Jan. 19-20), Canada won a silver and bronze medal. The Canadian women had two top 10 finishes, including the medals, while the men had six in the top 10.
  • At the World Cup #7 in Inzell, Germany (Feb. 9-10), Canada had one top 10 finish.
  • At the World Cup #8 in Erfurt, Germany (March 1-3), Canada had four top 10 finishes and the women's team pursuit won silver.
  • The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $39,000 (10 gold, 17 silver; 12 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win.

International competitions

Nov. 15-18: Can-Am International, Calgary
Nov. 15-16: Junior World Cup, Calgary
Nov. 16-18: World Cup #1, all distances, Heerenveen, Netherlands
Nov 24-25: World Cup #2, middle and long distances, Kolomna, Russia
Dec. 1-2: World Cup #3, middle and long distances, Astana, Kazakhstan
Dec. 8-9: World Cup #4, sprint distances, Nagano. Japan
Dec. 15-16: World Cup #5, sprint distances, Harbin, China
Jan. 12-13: Continental Regional Qualifier, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 19-20: World Cup #6, sprint distances, Calgary
Jan. 19-20: Junior World Cup, Roseville, Minn.
Jan. 26-27: World Sprint Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 9-10: World Cup #7, middle and long distances, Inzell, Germany
Feb. 16-17: World All-Round Championships, Hamar, Norway
Feb.16-17: Junior World Cup Final, Collalbo, Italy
Feb. 22-24: World Long Track Junior Championships, Collalbo, Italy
March 1-3: North American Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
March 1-3: World Cup #8, all distances, Erfurt, Germany
March 8-10: World Cup Final, Heerenveen, Netherlands
March 21-24: World Single Distances Championships, Sochi, Russia

Team staff

Mark Wild – Team leader and coach
Scott Stefani - Assistant team leader

Canadian athletes for Essent ISU World Cup Final (updated March 4, 2013)

* National team athlete; # Development team athlete; Number is brackets () denotes career information, and other is this season.

WomenWC 1GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownRaces for WC Final
Ivanie Blondin #5 (11)(0)1 (1)(0)1 (1)Ottawa
Anastasia Bucsis *5 (20)(0)(0)(0)(0)Calgary
Kali Christ *5 (9)(0)(0)(0)(0)Regina
Kaylin Irvine #6 (7)(0)(0)(0)(0)Calgary
Cindy Klassen *5 (61)0 (13)0 (13)0 (13)0 (39)Winnipeg
Christine Nesbitt *5 (53)3 (31)2 (18)1 (15)6 (64)London, Ont.
Brittany Schussler *7 (67)(0)0 (1)0 (5)0 (6)Winnipeg
Danielle Wotherspoon #5 (29)(0)(0)(0)(0)Red Deer, Alta.
MenWC 1GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownRaces for WC Final
Jordan Belchos *5 (21)(0)(0)(0)(0)Toronto
Alex Boisvert-Lacroix #5 (8)(0)(0)(0)(0)Sherbrooke, Que.
Tyler Derraugh7 (12)(0)(0)(0)(0)Winnipeg
Laurent Dubreuil *3 (4)(0)(0)(0)(0)Lévis, Que.
Jamie Gregg *5 (28)0 (1)0 (1)1 (2)1 (4)Edmonton
Gilmore Junio *5 (15)(0)1 (1)(0)1 (1)Calgary
Lucas Makowsky *5 (38)(0)0 (1)(0)0 (1)Regina

1 WC denotes number of participations at World Cups.

World Cup medals won by Canadians this season

RaceRankSkaterTimeWorld CupDate
PursuitBronzeBlondin, Nesbitt, Schussler3:02.33WC-1, Heerenveen18/11/12
PursuitGoldBlondin, Nesbitt, Schussler2:58.40WC-3, Astana2/12/12
PursuitSilverBlondin, Christ, Klassen3:04.33WC-8, Erfurt3/3/13
1000GoldDenny Morrison1:09.43WC-1, Heerenveen17/11/12
1500GoldChristine Nesbitt1:56.35WC-1, Heerenveen17/11/12
1500BronzeChristine Nesbitt1:56.16WC-2, Kolomna24/11/12
Mass startSilverIvanie Blondin19 ptsWC-2, Kolomna24/11/12
1500GoldChristine Nesbitt1:57.18WC-3, Astana2/12/12
1000SilverChristine Nesbitt1:15.24WC-4, Nagano8/12/12
1000GoldChristine Nesbitt1:15.13WC-4, Nagano9/12/12
1000SilverDenny Morrison1:09.64WC-4, Nagano9/12/12
500SilverGilmore Junio35.16WC-4, Nagano9/12/12
500BronzeJamie Gregg34.36WC-6, Calgary19/1/13
1000SilverChristine Nesbitt1:13.67WC-6, Calgary19/1/13

World Cup rankings by distance

Women500 m1000 m1500 m3000 m/5000 mMass startPursuitOverall
Men500 m1000 m1500 m5000 m/10000 mMass startPursuitOverall