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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Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897