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The country’s top skaters will battle it out for national titles and to put themselves in contention to represent Canada at Beijing 2022

Nicolas Hiller skates in the 1000m at the long track speed skating Canadian Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta on October 19, 2019. (Photo: Dave Holland/CSI Calgary)

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CALGARY, ALBERTA – The 2021 Canadian Long Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance – the first national level long track competition on Canadian ice since February 2020 – will take place Wednesday to Sunday of this week at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

The races will be live streamed on Speed Skating Canada’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, allowing the entire speed skating community to enjoy the long anticipate return of our sport. CBC Sports will also show the races on their various web and digital platforms.

The 2021 Canadian Long Track Championships will feature the country’s top skaters vying to be crowned national champion in each individual distance. The results from this event will help finalize the members of the National Team and NextGen Team for the 2021-2022 season, while also serving to select the skaters who will represent Canada on the World Cup circuit this fall. It is a critical first step for athletes looking to represent Canada at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Each individual distance will be skated during this five-day competition, including the men’s and women’s 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and Mass Start, along with the women’s 3000m and men’s 10,000m. The races get underway at 4:00pm MT each day.

  • Wednesday, October 13: Women’s 500m, 3000m; Men’s 500m, 5000m
  • Thursday, October 14: Women’s 5000m; Men’s 10000m     
  • Friday, October 15: Women’s 1000m; Men’s 1000m
  • Saturday, October 16: Women’s 1500m; Men’s 1500m        
  • Sunday, October 17: Women’s Mass Start; Men’s Mass Start

Athletes can qualify to be nominated to the 2022 Olympic Games Team through their performances at the four fall World Cup competitions, which are scheduled for Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL), Stavanger (NOR), Salt Lake City (USA) and Calgary (CAN), or at the Olympic Skate-Off scheduled for December 27-31, 2021, in Quebec City. Skaters will be selected based on the criteria established in the 2022 Long Track Olympic Selection Policies and Procedures.
 
Ivanie Blondin (1500m, 3000m, Mass Start), Kaylin Irvine (500m, 1000m), Isabelle Weidemann (5000m), Gilmore Junio (500m), David La Rue (1000m, 1500m), Ted-Jan Bloemen (10,000m), Graeme Fish (5000m) and Hayden Mayeur (Mass Start) were all crowned national champions at the last Canadian Long Track Championships in October 2019. Last season’s championships were unfortunately cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The list of participating skaters can be found below:

Women

  • Abbey Young
  • Abigail McCluskey
  • Alexa Scott
  • Anna Bourgeois
  • Ariane Fournier
  • Beatrice Lamarche
  • Brooklyn McDougall
  • Carolina Hiller
  • Cassidy Peterson
  • Emmanuelle Cote
  • Gabrielle Jelonek
  • Heather McLean
  • Hee Won Son
  • Isabelle Weidemann
  • Ivanie Blondin
  • Kali Christ
  • Kaylin Irvine
  • Laura Hall
  • Lindsey Kent
  • Maddison Pearman
  • Marsha Hudey
  • Meela Riben
  • Ophelie Juneau
  • Rose-Anne Grenier
  • Sofia Bieber
  • Valerie Maltais
  • Victoria Goplen
  • Zuzana Nedeljakova

Men

  • Alex Boisvert-Lacroix
  • Anders Johnson
  • Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu
  • Cedrick Brunet
  • Charles-Emile Gelinas-Dion
  • Christopher Fiola
  • Connor Howe
  • Cooper Emin
  • David La Rue
  • Frank Roth
  • Gilmore Junio
  • Graeme Fish
  • Hayden Mayeur
  • Hubert Marcotte
  • Jack Deibert
  • Jacob Graham
  • Jake Weidemann
  • Jess Neufeld
  • Jordan Belchos
  • Joshua Hathaway
  • Joshua Telizyn
  • Kaleb Muller
  • Laurent Dubreuil
  • Mathias Bathe
  • Matthew Laxton
  • Max Halyk
  • Nicolas Hiller
  • Paul Coderre
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen
  • Tyson Langelaar
  • Vincent de Haitre
  • William Lemelin-Bilodeau
  • Zachary Lacroix

MEDIA CONTACT
Nicole Espenant
Speed Skating Canada
communications@speedskating.ca
613-797-1630

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