The Olympic Oval | Anneau olympique
Monday, Mar. 10, 2014
Canadian and International athletes gearing up for 2014 Olympic Oval Finale/Canada Cup #4 competition, March 13-16, 2014
CALGARY, Mar. 10, 2014 - Canadian and International athletes are gearing up for the last Canada Cup (Single Distance) competition of the season, the Olympic Oval Finale/Canada Cup #4, taking place March 13-16, 2013 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. This event concludes our incredible 2013/14 Olympic season and acts as the prelude to our 2014/15 training year.
Athletes from around the world are arriving at the Oval for this highlight event that sees top competitors from Norway, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Switzerland, Netherlands, USA, and Canada compete on the Fastest Ice in the World(tm). Oval Finale is an annual event with a reputation for fast times, where skaters are eager to take a shot at improving their personal bests.
For Canadian skaters, the Canada Cup #4 competition is important, as it is their last chance of the season to accumulate points to secure their place on the Canadian National (Development) Team for the 2014/15 season. Many skaters who represented Canada at Junior Worlds in Norway March 7-9 will make their way back to Calgary for Oval Finale this upcoming weekend.
Competition starts Thursday, Mar. 13 at 9:00 a.m. with the 500m mixed races and wraps up on Sunday, Mar. 16 with the Mass Start races for both ladies and men.
Thursday, Mar. 13
500m, 1000m Ladies, 5000m Men
Friday, Mar. 14
500m Ladies, 3000m Ladies & JR Men, 1000m Men
Saturday, Mar. 15
1000m, 500m Men, 5000m Ladies, 10000m Men
Sunday, Mar. 16
1500m, Mass Start
*Start times may be revised if necessary
After Finale, the Olympic Oval prepares for ice-out events and the installation of a brand new running track. Following a short break, the ice returns in mid-July with the launch of summer camps. Events to watch for in
2014/15 include a Long Track World Allround Championship and World Masters Games.
The Olympic Oval, located on the University of Calgary campus, is a world class speed skating and high performance sport facility dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and health and wellness for all. Home to the fastest ice in the world, 287 world records have been set at the Oval in both long and short track speed skating in the past 25 years. Every year, the best athletes from Canada and around the world train and compete at the Oval facility, and thousands of visitors, public skaters, and students benefit from the building's amenities. Always working to maintain the facility's legacy as being "The Best Ever" the Olympic Oval continues to invest in the venue, including recent upgrades to the air flow system, the installation of a new roof in 2010, and the refurbishment of the Oval artwork and cauldron.
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