McFarlane, Liam

Person Type: 
Track Type: 
Date of Birth: 
December 30, 1985
Medicine Hat, Alta.
Derrick Campbell
Laurent Daignault
Training Centre: 
Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal

International senior seasons: 3 (2010-2013)

2012-13 Season
In his third international season, Liam took part in four World Cups ... He won bronze medals in the 500 m and relay ... In his final World Cup season ranking, he was 14th in the 500 m and 1000 m, and 30th in the 1500 m ... At the domestic level, he was fifth overall at the fall World Cup selections in September and 10th at the Canadian Open Championships in January (didn’t skate final day due to injury) ... He was 16th overall in the final Canadian season ranking.

2011-12 Season
This was his second international senior season ... Competing in his first world championships in Shanghai, China, he was world champion with the relay team ... After competing in two of six World Cups, his season classifications were: 12th in the 500 m (2 races), 31st in the 1000 m (2 races) and season champion in the relay. He won his first individual medal, a silver in the 500 m, at World Cup #5 in Moscow. He also won a gold medal and silver in the relay ... At the Canadian Open Championships in Saguenay, Que., he placed fourth overall. He won a bronze medal in the 500 m, was sixth in the 1000 m, fourth in the 3000 m, and 13th in the 1500 m ... His final Canadian ranking was a career-high fourth.

Personal bests
500: 40.960, Sept. 17, 2010, Calgary
1000: 1:24.774, Sept. 18, 2010, Calgary
1500: 2:16.595, Sept. 18, 2010, Calgary
3000: 5:19.674, Jan. 15, 2012, Saguenay, Que.

Career highlights
At the selections for the 2010 Games, he placed second in the 500 m, ninth in the 1000 m and seventh the 1500 m – ninth overall.
World Championships (1): Competed in his first championships in 2012. Was world champion in the relay.
World Cups (8): Won a silver and bronze individual medals … He also won two gold medals, three silver and one bronze in the relay … Won his first individual medal, a silver in the 500 m, at World Cup #5 in Moscow (Feb. 3-5, 2012) … Was season relay champion in 2011 and 2012 … His highest individual season classification is 12th in the 500 m in 2011-12 … His first event was World Cup #3 in Changchun, China (Oct. 29-31, 2010) when he competed in two 500 m races.
FISU Games (2): Won a silver medal in the relay in 2009 and was fifth in the 500 m … Won silver in the 500 m and the relay in 2011.
National competitions: In his last five Canadian Open Championships, he had his best overall ranking, third, in 2010. He won gold in the 500 m in 2010 and bronze in 2012, and bronze in the 1000 m in 2010.


He began speed skating when he was eight ... His interests include spending time with friends, reading, board games, music, video games and TV shows ... Studied psychology at the University of Calgary ... Also trained with the Medicine Hat Speed Skating Club.

2012-13500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
WC-1 1st: 21; 2nd: 8    
WC-22nd: 3 21 5 
WC-3 52nd: 9 5 
WC-451st: 6  3 
WC-Rank141430 5 
Fall Selections4, 43, 99, 12  5
Cdn Open5Injured9Injured 10
Cdn Rank     16
2011-12500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
WC-5210  1 
WC-61410  2 
WC Rank1231  1 
World Champ.    1 
Cdn Open36134 4
Cdn Rank     4
2010-11500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
FISU Games255 2 
WC-31st: 7; 2nd: 4   1 
WC-49 1st: 15 2 
WC Rank18 64 1 
Fall Selections577  7
Selections #22767 7
Cdn Open5181016 10
Cdn Rank     9
2009-10500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
Olympic Sel.297  6
Fall Selections51211  9
Cdn Open13195 3
Cdn Rank     8
2008-09500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
FISU Games5   2 
Cdn Open91421  13
Cdn Rank     11
Cdn Rank411812