Positive results for Canadians at World Cup in Berlin Final competitive outings prior to Intact Insurance Speed Skating Trials in Calgary, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 6, 2013 – The challenge in an Olympic year is that athletes often push themselves too hard in search of the final performance improvements for the Games. Canadian long-track speed skater Ivanie Blondin believes she may have done that earlier this fall. After a disappointing start to the World Cup schedule, the 23-year-old is feeling positive after her best 3000m showing since 2011 here on Friday with her third-place finish in the B group at the Essent ISU World Cup in Germany.

Canadian long-track speed skaters continue Olympic preparations. Ten athletes competing in Germany at World Cup event Dec. 6-8

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 5, 2013 – Ten members of Speed Skating Canada’s long-track team continue Olympic preparations here this week at the fourth event on the Essent ISU World Cup schedule. The competition runs Dec. 6-8 at the Speed Skating Hall Sportforum.

The contingent includes Canada’s most recent World Cup podium finisher, Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, who won a bronze medal in the 1500m on Nov. 30 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Also in Berlin are Marsha Hudey and Kali Christ, who are both from Regina, Kaylin Irvine of Calgary and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa.

Kaylin Irvine posts best World Cup finish in 1000m at Astana, Kazakhstan Calgarian finishes 12th on final day of season’s third event

Astana, Kazakstan, Dec.

Brittany Schussler wins bronze in 1500m at Astana, Kazakhstan Winnipeg long-track speed skater captures seventh individual World Cup medal

Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov 30, 2013

Morrison top Canadian on opening day of Astana World Cup Fort St. John, B.C., skater 11th in 1500m; will skate 1000m Saturday

Morrison top Canadian on opening day of Astana World Cup Fort St. John, B.C., skater 11th in 1500m; will skate 1000m Saturday


Canadian long track speed skaters ready for Kazakhstan World Cup Third event on schedule runs Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Kazakhstan

Calgary, November 27, 2013 – Eleven members of Speed Skating Canada’s World Cup long track team are in Astana, Kazakhstan this week for the third event on the ISU Essent Speed Skating schedule. The World Cup is Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Ice Palace Alau.

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary and William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., are Canada’s representatives in the 500m. They will also both also take part in the 1000m. Dutton is returning to the track after suffering a 12-stitch laceration below his right knee at the season-opening World Cup at Calgary’s Olympic Oval earlier this month.

Productive SSC Board Meeting at the Calgary Oval

Productive SSC Board Meeting at the Calgary Olympic Oval

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence: Speed Skating Canada supports the Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach

Each year, thousands of our coaches selflessly give of themselves to continually improve their team, our sport and their community, and Campbell’s Chunky and CAC want to recognize that effort. The winner will receive the Chunky MVC Tribute Day to be featured on TSN, among other prizes.

Gold and Bronze in the 1500m at the World Cup in Heerenveen

Once again, Canada’s long track team had great success today, thanks to Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON) and Christine Nesbitt (London, ON). Just when all bets were off, Groves skated with determination and managed to take away the victory with a lead of 0.69 seconds on German speed-skater Daniela Anschütz Thoms who was holding first position up until then.

Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story Keeps Getting Better: Lloydminster Border Blades put ING’s $5,000 Club Donation into New Speed Skating Facility Enhancements

Eight months after Alastair Starke’s “Durness Oval Story” was crowned ’s Best Speed Skating Story, his home club, the Lloydminster Border Blades, have done wonders with the $5,000 donation from ING.

Taking a page from the movie Field of Dreams, 17-year-old Alastair Starke of Lloydminster, Alberta told the story of an oval he created on a frozen slough behind his family's farm to prepare for the Alberta Winter Games.

But he won’t have to train on a frozen slough this season.