The 2004 Continental Championships

The Olympic Oval is proud to host the North America and Oceania regional qualifying event, more commonly known as the Continental Championships, January 17 and 18, 2004. This competition is the qualifier for the 2004 World All Round Speed Skating Championships held in Hamar, Norway next month. This exciting event is a unique opportunity to see the best Canadian long distance speed skaters compete against the top Americans.

Come watch Canada’s best distance skaters!

- 2002 Olympian Kristina Groves

- 2002 Olympic 5000m Bronze Medallist Clara Hughes

-Two-time Olympian Cindy Overland

- National Team members Tara Risling and Tiffany Hughes

- National Development team skater Michelle D’Amours


- 2004 Canadian All Round Champion Justin Warsylewicz

- 3000m Canadian Record Holder Steven Elm

- National Team members Dustin Molicki and Arne Dankers

- National Development skater Jay Morrison, and Oval Program athlete Jamie Ivey

Top Americans to watch include:

- Three-time Olympian KC Boutiette

- 2002 Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist Derek Parra

-Two-time Olympian and Oval Program member Catherine Raney


Saturday, Jan. 17

Women’s 500m

Men’s 500m

Women’s 3000m

Men’s 5000m

Sunday, Jan. 18

Women’s 1500m

Men’s 1500m

Women’s 5000m

Men’s 10,000m

Come out and see some exciting speed skating action this weekend! Races begin at 9:00am each day and will end by 12:00pm. Admission is free.

For further information contact:

Anne Reeves Judin

Communications Specialist

403-220-8158 or