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120 Short Track Speed Skaters at the Montreal’s Maurice-Richard arena December 4-7 for the Canadian Open National Qualifier

A total of 120 short track speed skaters will take part in the Canadian Open National Qualifier, Dec. 4-7 at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, and are aiming to grab one of the eight spots remaining per gender in the Canadian Open Championships.
 
The Canadian Open Championships, to be held Jan., 16-18 at the Maurice Richard Arena, will decide who will skate for Canada at the two winter ISU World Cups and the World Short Track Championships or Winter Universiade.
 

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.

More than 80 long track speed skaters in Fort St. John, B.C., for the first Canada Cup of the season

The Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John, British Columbia (9324, 96 Street) will host for the first time a national event for Speed Skating Canada as more than 80 long track speed skaters will take part this weekend, November 28-30, in the first Canada Cup of the season.
 

Laurent Dubreuil wins first-ever World Cup medal, Ivanie Blondin adds a third one this season

The Canadian long track speed skating team earned two podiums at the ISU World Cup in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, as Laurent Dubreuil won his first-ever World Cup medal and Ivanie Blondin captured her third medal of the season.

Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., won a bronze in the men's 500m, while Blondin, of Ottawa, claimed a bronze in the women’s mass start, to follow her win in the opening mass start last week in Obihiro, Japan. She also took bronze in the 5,000m in Seoul on Friday.

Richard MacLennan earns best-ever result at Seoul ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Cup

Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., came up with his best-ever placing in a 1000m at the ISU long track speed skating World Cup, Saturday, when he finished 10th in that distance in Seoul, South Korea.

MacLennan registered a time of one minute 11.09 seconds, behind winner Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia (1:09.56). It was the 23-year-old Canadian's first top-10 result in a 1000m World Cup event since he started skating on the circuit in 2009.

Ivanie Blondin back on podium with bronze in 5,000m at ISU Long Track World Cup in Seoul

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa captured a bronze medal in the women’s 5,000m at the ISU long track speed skating World Cup in Seoul, Friday, putting her on a World Cup podium in back-to-back races.

Blondin, 24, won her first individual World Cup gold medal in a mass start race at the season opening World Cup on Nov. 16 in Obihiro, Japan. With the bronze in Seoul, she now has five individual World Cup medals overall.

Three members of the Nunavut Speed Skating Association honored at the 2014 Nunavut Recreation and Sport Awards Dinner

Three members of the Nunavut Speed Skating Association were honored recently at the 2014 Nunavut Recreation and Sport Awards Dinner, held the weekend of Nov. 1-2.
 
Congratulations to Josée Tremblay as Official of the Year and Asini Wijesooriya as Female Athlete of the Year. Congratulations also to John Maurice, who received special recognition for his contribution to sports in Nunavut.
 

Canada twice one spot shy of the podium on last day of Montreal World Cup

The Canadian women's relay team and Yoan Gauthier both were able to put themselves in good position for a medal, Sunday, on the last day of the ISU short track World Cup held in Montreal. But due to the hazards inherent to their sport, they both had to settle for fourth place.

Ivanie Blondin wins her first-ever individual gold medal at a World Cup

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa won her first career gold medal at a ISU World Cup long track speed skating event, Sunday, as she finished first in the women’s mass start race held in Obihiro, Japan.

Blondin, 24, won her first individual gold medal in five years on the World Cup circuit. So far, she had collected two silver and a bronze in mass start as well as gold, silver and bronze in team pursuit.

Marianne St-Gelais wins silver medal in 500m at Montreal World Cup

Marianne St-Gelais added another podium to her collection, Saturday at Maurice-Richard Arena, when she picked up a silver medal in the first of two 500m women's races scheduled at the Montreal ISU Short Track World Cup.

St-Gelais, of Saint-Félicien, Quebec, therefore won her fourth medal of the 2014-15 World Cup season. Last week in Salt Lake City, during the first weekend of the season, she collected a gold medal in the women's 1,000m, a bronze in the 500m and a bronze in the 3,000m relay.

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