Morrison, Blondin headline Canadian long track speed skating team for World Cup #5 in Hamar, Norway, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Speed Skating Canada has named its 12-member long track team for the fifth World Cup of the season, to be held January 31-February 1 in Hamar, Norway.

The Hamar World Cup will only include the 1,500m and mass start for both men and women along with a 3,000m for the women and 5,000m for men. It will also determine the quota for the Canadian team for the World All Round Championships which will be held March 7-8 in Calgary.

Among those competing will be Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Ont., who pre-qualified for Canada’s winter World Cup team because of their top six World Cup rankings from the first four World Cups.

Morrison is currently ranked sixth in the 1,500m while Blondin is first in the mass start event and sits fourth in the 3,000m points table.

The other 10 Canadian competitors qualified at the Canadian Single Distance Championships Jan. 2-5 in Calgary.

Making her senior World Cup debut will be Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, still a junior age athlete.

Canadian team for World Cup #5 in Hamar, Norway, from Jan. 31-Feb. 1:
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-GARRIDO, Nicole (Edmoton, AB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON

Speed Skating will announce later this week the athletes for the World Cup #6 in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and for the 2015 World Single Championships.
More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website:
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For information:
Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 403-860-9525

Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897