Denny Morrison & Christine Nesbitt strike Gold at Richmond Olympic Oval

After three days of competitions at the Canadian Single Distance Championships in Richmond, Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) won his third medal in a row. Morrison went all the way for gold by winning the men’s 1000m with a time of 1:10.72. Clocking in at 1:17.25, Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) was awarded the Canadian Champion Title on the women’s side in the same distance.

Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) finished second to Nesbitt, winning her second medal this week at the Richmond Olympic Oval, while Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) raced to third place with a time of 1:18.31. Kerry Dankers (Melville, SK) was fourth in 1:20.10, and Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, AB) took fifth place, finishing only 0.07 seconds behind Dankers.

“I’m very happy with the results. The 1000m is my favourite race and I had fun racing it today,” said Kerry Danker when asked how she felt about her race. “Since an injury I had two years ago, I haven’t been able to get back to the top of my shape for the 1000m. I told my coach I wanted to train and improve my 1000m during the fall. Although I raced the 500m at the World Cups this year, it’s really the 1000m that I want to race.” With today’s results Kerry Dankers got what she wanted for Christmas; she will be back racing in the 1000m at the World Cups this winter.

The men’s 1000m contest was a fierce battle and the skaters were very close. Kyle Parrott (St-Albert, AB) finished second to Morrison with a time of 1:10.99. Right behind Parrott was François-Olivier Roberge (St-Nicolas, QC) who came in third, completing the distance in 1:11.01. Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) finished in fourth place, while veteran Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) ended in fifth place with a time of 1:11.36.

“It was quite a race. I had a very good opener but my first run didn’t go as well as I wanted. Nonetheless, my race was good on the technical side,” said François-Olivier Roberge. “Looking at the results after the race, I was very surprised at how close we all were. I mean, I was only 0.02 from second place. Now I am looking forward to racing the 1500m tomorrow. I will be working on making my exits after each turn stronger. Just like today, I want to be in the top five.”

Tomorrow, spectators at Richmond Olympic Oval will see both women and men skate in the 1500m.

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