Canada’s long track team set for World Sprint Championships

Canada’s long track team set for World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah

– Speed Skating Canada’s national long track team continues its season with the Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships at the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.

The World Sprint Championships feature the 500- and 1,000-metre distances, with races starting at 1 p.m. MT each day.

Team notes for World Sprint Championships
Salt Lake City Utah - Utah Olympic Oval


Saturday, Jan. 26
1 p.m. MT: Men's and Women's 500 m and 1000 m
Sunday, Jan. 27
1 p.m. MT: Men's and Women's 500 m and 1000 m
* times subject to change

ISU results website; Event website

Team Notes

  • SSC’s media guide and ISU results website.
  • Gregg (2009, 2011 and 2012) and Nesbitt (2011 and 2012) have competed in World Sprint Championships. Nesbitt took the overall women’s title in 2011 and was runner-up in 2012.
  • This will be the first world sprint championships for Bucsis, Dubreuil and Junio. Bucsis was named to last year's squad but pulled out at the last minute because of a back injury.
  • Since the first world sprint championships in 1970, Canada's women have collected 11 overall ranking medals: 4 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze. Catriona LeMay Doan has the most at two gold, a silver and bronze.
  • Canada's men have collected 19 overall ranking medals at the world sprint championships: 6 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze. Jeremy Wotherspoon has the most with four gold, four silver and one bronze.
  • This will be Salt Lake City's third time hosting these world championships.
  • In six World Cups this season, Canada has collected 14 medals - six gold, five silver and three bronze. Nesbitt won a gold and two silver medals in the 1000 m and Junio had silver in the 500 m and Gregg had bronze. Denny Morrison also won a gold and silver medal in the 1000 m.

2012-13 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

Canadian athletes for Essent ISU World Sprint Championships

* National team athlete; # Development team athlete

WomenWSC (1)GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownNotes
Anastasia Bucsis *10000Calgary- Named to 2012 team, but withdrew because of back injury.
- In 2011, was 23rd overall: 16th and 20th in 500m, 25th and 23rd in 1000m.
Christine Nesbitt *21102London, Ont.- In 2012, was 2nd overall: 1st in both 1000m, and 8th and 10th in 500m. Set world record in 1000m (1:12.68).
- Was gold medallist in 2011: 1st in both 1000m, and 6th and 3rd in 500m.
MenWSC (1)GoldSilverBronzeTotalHometownNotes
Tyler Derraugh10000Winnipeg- In 2010, he was 17th overall: 21st and 24th in 500m, and 17th and 13th in 1000m.
Laurent Dubreuil *00000Lévis, Que.- In 2012, he was 500m world junior champion and 1000m bronze medallist. Set 500m world junior record at World Cup.
Jamie Gregg *30000Edmonton- In 2012, he was 9th overall: 7th and 5th in the 500m, and 20th and 9th in 1000m.
- In 2011, he was 6th overall: 11th and 5th in 500m, and 7th and 8th in 1000m.
- In 2009, he was 11th overall: 11th and 9th in 500m and 18th and 21st in 1000m.
Gilmore Junio *00000Calgary- Won his first World Cup medal this season, silver in 500m, and set two PBs in 500m.

(1) WSC denotes number of participations at World Sprint Championships, not counting 2013.

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
SprintGoldDerraugh, Dutton, Junio WC-4, Nagano9/12/12
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
1000SilverChistine 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