Long Track Speed Skating Canadian team moves on to Europe for season’s third World Cup in Berlin, December 5-7

Canada’s long track speed skating team heads into the third World Cup of the season this weekend in Berlin, Germany, looking for more strong performances displayed in Asia in late November.

The 20-member squad competes Dec. 5-7 in Berlin before closing out the pre-Christmas schedule Dec. 12-14 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Canada’s two medallists from Seoul, South Korea, two weeks ago will be in competition on opening day.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, age 24, who won a bronze medal in the 5000m in Seoul, will try for a podium in the 3000m event, which will substitued the 5000m event this weekend, on Friday, Dec. 5.

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis (Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon), Que., age 22, won his first World Cup medal on Nov. 23 in the 500m in Seoul. The first of two 500m races in Berlin will be contested on Friday as well.

Blondin has medaled in both mass start races this season, winning in Obihiro, Japan, the opening weekend and grabbing a bronze on Nov. 23 in Seoul. The mass start races in Berlin will be in Sunday, Dec. 7.

Members of the Canadian National Team for the ISU Long Track World Cup #3 (Berlin, Germany)
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
-JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
-MacLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-HANLY, Kate (Calgary, AB)
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK.)
-IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
-McGUIRE, Lauren (Ottawa, ON)
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
-OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Edmonton, AB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)

More information, including the complete schedule and the lists of entrants for each race (posted the night before each event), can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

Live streaming of A group races in Berlin will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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