Canada Names Long Track Team for ISU World Cups

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Speed Skating Canada is proud to announce the long track athletes nominated to represent Canada at the first four ISU World Cups of the 2019-2020 season. These 16 skaters will kick off their international season from November 15-17 in Minsk, Belarus, with stop in Poland, Kazakhstan and Japan all slated before the New Year.

The women’s team is comprised of Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.), Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, Ont.), Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, Que.), Heather McLean (Winnipeg, Man.), Kaylin Irvine (Calgary, Alta.), Marsha Hudey (White City, Sask.) and Béatrice Lamarche (Quebec City, Que.).

Leading the way for the Canadian women are Blondin, who won a team leading five medals at last month’s 2019 Canadian Long Track Championships; Weidemann, who earned three individual medals on the World Cup circuit last season and set a new Canadian record in the 5000m; and Irvine, who impressed with gold in the 500m and 1000m at nationals.

Meanwhile, the men’s squad includes Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.), Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.), Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, Que.), Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.), Gilmore Junio (Calgary, Alta.), Graeme Fish (Moose Jaw, Sask.), David La Rue (Saint-Lambert, Que.), Gélinas-Beaulieu, Antoine (Sherbrooke, Que.), Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, Man.).

This veteran group features five Olympians – including a pair of new dads in Bloemen and Dubreuil – who will look to guide up-and-comers such as Fish, Langelaar and La Rue.

Together these skaters will look to build upon last year’s successful international campaign in which Canada won seven World Championship medals and reached the podium 12 times at the World Cups.

All of this season’s ISU World Cup competitions will be live streamed on CBC Sports.

EVENTS

ISU World Cup Speed Skating Events

  • November 15-17 in Minsk, BEL
  • November 22-24 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, POL
  • December 6-8 in Nur-Sultan, KAZ
  • December 13-15 in Nagano, JPN
  • February 7-9 in Calgary, CAN