High Performance Programs

About Oval Programs

The Olympic Oval has been providing high performance coaching and training to long track and short track athletes for nearly three decades.  Oval programs were established shortly after the 1988 Winter Olympics when it was identified that there was a  need for high level coaching for both Canadian and international athletes.

Since that time, the Olympic Oval's short and long track programs have grown to more than 150 athletes and employ more than 10 speed skating coaches (full and part time).  Oval Program athletes range in performance starting at provincial team level up to National Team level. 

Athletes from around the world (Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Columbia, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and Ukraine) have trained in the Olympic Oval speed skating programs.

The Olympic Oval short and long track programs continue to be the leaders in sport development and research.  Athletes in this program have had tremendous success in setting world records, winning medals at Olympics, World championships, World Cups, and qualifying for National teams.

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Ready to skate with the best?

The Oval Program is our highest level training program with provincial, national and international athletes comprising the training groups.  To gain admission, athletes must have recently achieved a performance time standard for their age classification. Athletes must also meet the application deadline to ensure a spot before reaching our maximum capacity. All eligible athletes who apply must be 16 years of age before the start date of the Oval Program for that year. We strongly recommend that any athletes who are not of legal age have guardianship in Calgary. Training groups within the program will be dependent upon performance times, ability, age, training group dynamics and specialization.

Admission to the Oval Programs

The Olympic Oval short and long track programs continue to be the leaders in sport development and research.  Athletes in this program have had tremendous success in setting world records, winning medals at Olympics, World championships, World Cups, and qualifying for National teams.

To gain admission to the Olympic Oval program, athletes must contact Program Coordinator Stacey Polet.

Please note, all applications are subject to approval by the Oval Program Directors. Those who do not meet the necessary requirements are recommended to contact the Calgary Speed Skating Association. Upon acceptance to the program, athletes must complete a formal application, and read and sign an athlete code of conduct agreement which outlines accountabilities and responsibilities of all athletes. All payments received for Oval High Performance Programs are NON-REFUNDABLE and due prior to services being rendered.

Think you have what it takes to skate with the fastest Long Track skaters in the country? Acceptance into the Long Track Oval Program is based on on specific requirements defined in our Long Track Elite Athlete Pathway Document.  This document is the result of many months of development in consultation with Speed Skating Canada, Oval Programs and the Provincial / Territorial Speed Skating Associations and their member clubs. 

We ask that you carefully take the time to read the document in order to understand where you sit with regards to the requirements at the different stages of the pathway.  If you meet the requirements of the pathway or have any questions regarding the requirements, be sure to contact us as soon as possible to assist in the processing of your application.

Ready to do up your chin strap and get things fired up on the short track? Acceptance into the Short Track Oval Program is based on on specific requirements defined in our Short Track Elite Athlete Pathway Document.  This document is the result of many months of development in consultation with Speed Skating Canada, Oval Programs and the Provincial / Territorial Speed Skating Associations and their member clubs. 

We ask that you carefully take the time to read the document in order to understand where you sit with regards to the requirements at the different stages of the pathway.  If you meet the requirements of the pathway or have any questions regarding the requirements, be sure to contact us as soon as possible to assist in the processing of your application.

Want to experience the Olympic Oval elite program for yourself this summer? Learn more about High Performance Camps.