CALGARY, A.B. – Denny Morrison will be among Canada’s top speed skaters aiming to qualify for the ISU Fall Worlds next week.
Speed Skating Canada will be making their selections at the Calgary Olympic Oval from October 20th through the 23rd. Those skaters that qualify will be representing Canada at the first four ISU World Cup Long Track events to be held this fall in Harbin, China November 11th – 13th; Nagano, Japan November 18th – 20th; Astana, Kazakhstan December 2nd – 4th; and Heerenveen, Netherlands December 9th – 11th.
In addition to Morrison, the medalists from the 2016 World Single Distance Championships will also be gunning for a spot on the team: Ivanie Blondin (gold in the mass start), Ted-Jan Bloemen (silver in the 10,000m), Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (bronze in the 500m), as well as Ben Donnelly and Jordan Belchos who, with Bloemen, won a bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit.
Members of the National Program who won individual medals in World Cups last season Heather McLean, Gilmore Junio, Alexandre St-Jean, William Dutton and Laurent Dubreuil will also be in action.
Canadian Team members will start this new season looking to refine their preparation before the Olympic year while aiming to improve their performances from last winter. In the 2015-2016 season, the Long Track National Team won a total of 30 medals in World Cups, a new record since 2008-2009.
The races at the Fall World Cup Selections, to be held simultaneously with the Oval Invitational competition, will kick off on Thursday, October 20 at 1 pm with the women’s 3000m and men’s 5000m events. Friday, the first 500m races will take place as of 1:30 pm, followed by the women’s 5000m and the men’s 10 000m. Saturday, the second 500m race and the first 1000m contest will start at 1 pm. And finally, Sunday, the 1500m races and the mass start events will be held starting at 11 am.