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CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Olympic Oval is very proud to congratulate Speed Skating Canada’s Courtney Shmyr on her selection for the Fall ISU Short Track World Cup Team. This will mark her first selection for the World Cup as she will compete in the two North American stops on the Fall World Cup circuit – Salt Lake City (November 7-9) and Montreal (November 14-16).
Shmyr, a native of Langley, BC is a true “Oval-grown” athlete who began her career with the Oval Program in 2009. She is coached by Oval Program coach Maggie Qi and this past summer was named to Canada’s national development team. Shmyr has competed on the world stage twice before at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships.
“This is a really great opportunity for Courtney as she continues to take steps forward in her skating career.” Says Qi “As a skater who started here at the Oval and who we’ve had the chance to see develop firsthand over the years we’re very happy to see her find success”
Shmyr joins an impressive group of her fellow national team skaters, including Olympic medallists Marianne St-Gelais, Valerie Maltais for the women’s Fall World Cup team. Both St-Gelais and Maltais qualified automatically as the top two ranked athletes based on best two distances at the Fall World Cup Selections held at the Oval last month.
“Courtney came into this year with a lot of focus and you can see that her execution at events like the Fall Selections really matched the effort she was putting into her training. It’s also helped her a lot to be training with her fellow national team and development team athletes like Keri Morrison, Jamie MacDonald and Jacob MacKenzie” said Qi adding “This is just the first step - she’s worked hard to give herself this opportunity - now we need to push her to excel even further.”
Shmyr will be on the ice for Oktoberfest, one of the Olympic Oval’s annual fall short track competitions this Thanksgiving weekend (October, 10-12, 2014). She is expected to be joined by her Oval Program teammates MacDonald, MacKenzie and Morrison. All of these athletes continue to train at the Oval under Coach Qi.