Availability of Long Track Speed Skating athletes ahead of the Olympic season

October 12, 2017

Speed Skating Canada - The Fall World Cup Selections will be held October 19-22 in Calgary

Calgary, October 11, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada is inviting media representatives to come and meet the Long Track National Team members Monday morning, October 16 (see schedule below), at Calgary’s Olympic Oval, a few days prior to the start of the 2017-2018 Olympic season which will kick off with the Fall World Cup Selections, October 19-22, at the Olympic Oval.

The best long track skaters in the country who will take part in this competition will aim to qualify for the Fall ISU World Cups which will start in Heerenveen, Netherlands, November 10-12.

In the four World Cups scheduled this fall, skaters will aim to qualify a maximum of three spots per country in each of the individual distances to be held at the Olympic Games, two in mass start as well as to qualify the country in Men’s and Women’s Team Pursuit. The Canadian Team will fill these spots at the 2018 Long Track Team Selections, to be held January 4-6 and 8-9 in Calgary.

Athletes in action at the Fall World Cups Selections will included individual medalists from the 2017 World Single Distance Championships: Ivanie Blondin and Vincent De Haître, as well as Ted-Jan Bloemen, who just broke the 5000m Canadian Record and missed the 3000m World Record by only nine hundredths of a second a few weeks ago at the Olympic Oval’s Fall Classic.

All other Canadian team members at the 2017 World Single Distance Championships will also vye for a spot on the team, except for Olivier Jean who, following his bronze medal in the Mass Start at the last World Single Distance Championships, is already prequalified for the Fall World Cups.

Mass Start qualification process will start Saturday, October 14

Selection for the mass start events will start this Saturday, October 14, at 2:30 pm (local time) with the presentation of the first races in a process that will include a second race to end the 2017 Fall World Cups Selections Sunday, October 22. In these two events, skaters will aim to collect points through both races to add up for the final ranking. Also, the first eight skaters following the first race will automatically qualify for the second final.

WHEN AND WHAT?     Monday, October 16

Training: 10:30 am to 11:50 am (image opportunity)
Media availability: 12 pm to 1 pm (interviews)

WHO?                          The skaters who will take part in the Fall World Cup Selections, October 19-22, at Calgary’s Olympic Oval, including individual medalists from last year’s World Single Distance Championships Ivanie Blondin and Vincent De Haître, as well as Ted-Jan Bloemen who broke the 5000m Canadian record few weeks ago, and all other Canadian team members at the 2017 World Single Distance Championships, except Olivier Jean

Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track National Team Head Coach Mike Crowe and coaches

WHERE?                       Calgary’s Olympic Oval

2500, University Dr NW

About Speed Skating Canada

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. 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. www.speedskating.ca

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance

Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee

Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning

Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA

Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA

Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate

Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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For information:
Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC 

Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC