Canada’s Long Track Team Ready for Final World Cup Stage in Norway

Connor Howe and Tyson Langelaar to make World Cup debut in Hamar

HAMAR, NORWAY – Canada’s long track team is set to kick off the second half of the season at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Hamar, Norway this weekend. The event runs from February 1-3 at the Hamar Olympic Hall, also known as the Vikingskipet ("The Viking Ship"), the venue that hosted long track during the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Our Canadians skaters will look to add to the nine medals – one gold, three silver and five bronze – they have captured on the World Cup circuit so far this season. Leading the charge will be Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, Ont., a triple medalist and the top ranked long-distance skater in the world right now.

Joining the team for these next two stages are two-time Olympian Kali Christ of Regina, Sask., who has yet to compete internationally this season, as well the two most recent Canadian junior champions in Connor Howe of Canmore, Alta. and Tyson Langelaar of Winnipeg, Man., both of whom will be making their World Cup debut.

The competition gets underway Friday with the ladies 3000m and men’s 5000m. The 500m(1) and 1000m races will take place on Saturday, while those for the 500m(2) and 1500m are set for Sunday. This weekend’s program features only individual races, meaning Canada’s successful sprint and pursuit teams won’t get the opportunity to race together.

A detailed event schedule and live results can be found on the ISU Results Portal. The races will be webcasted live via CBC Sports and Radio-Canada Sports beginning at 9:00am EST on Friday, 10:30am EST on Saturday and 10:00am EST on Sunday.

The full list of participating athletes and the distances they will be contesting this weekend is below. A biography of each athlete can be found on the Speed Skating Canada website.

Ladies Team

  • BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) – 1500m, 3000m
  • CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK) – 1000m, 1500m
  • HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) – 500m(1), 500m(2)
  • IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB) – 500m(1), 500m(2), 1000m
  • MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, QC) – 1500m, 3000m
  • MCLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) – 500m(1), 500m(2), 1000m
  • WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON) – 1500m, 3000m

Men’s Team

  • BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON) – 1500m, 5000m
  • BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) – 1500m, 5000m
  • DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) – 500m(1), 500m(2), 1000m
  • FIOLA, Christopher (Montreal, QC) – 500m(1), 500m(2), 1000m
  • FISH, Graeme (Moose Jaw, SK) – 5000m
  • HOWE, Connor (Canmore, AB) – 500m(1), 500m(2)
  • GÉLINAS-BEAULIEU, Antoine (Sherbrooke, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
  • JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB) – 500m(1), 500m(2)
  • LANGELAAR, Tyson (Winnipeg, MB) – 500m(1), 500m(2), 1000m, 1500m