Long Track Program Director Resigns from Speed Skating Canada

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the departure of Finn Halvorsen as Long Track Speed Skating Program Director, effective immediately.

Halvorsen had been employed by SSC since the summer of 2006, following a reorganization of SSC’s High Performance program structure. During his work with Speed Skating Canada, he was leading the long track speed skating program and some of his major accomplishments include the hiring of prominent coaches such as sprint coach Michael Crowe as well as all around coach Ingrid Paul, two great additions to SSC’s coaching team.

Following differences in management and leadership between himself and Speed Skating Canada, Halvorsen decided to resign from his position, as it became impossible for him to carry his objectives. SSC accepted Halvorsen’s decision, judging it was the best thing to do in order to ensure stability in the long track speed skating program in the months leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“We thank Finn for his dedication to the sport of Speed Skating and our National Team program over the last three seasons”, says Jean R. Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada. “His hard work was appreciated and has not gone unnoticed. We wish him the best for the future in his new projects.”

With less than one year to go before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Speed Skating Canada will not be replacing Halvorsen as Long Track Program Director. Brian Rahill, High Performance and Olympic Program Director, will fullfil his duties leading up to and at the Olympics.