One of The Olympic Oval's biggest long track events of the fall is set for this weekend with the Oval Invitational and Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Long Track ISU World Cup trials being held October 23-26.
Skaters in the World Cup trials will aim at qualification for the team that will represent Canada at the first four ISU Long Track World Cups in Obihiro, Japan (Nov. 14-16), Seoul, South Korea (Nov. 21-23), Berlin, Germany (Dec. 5-7), and Heerenveen, Netherlands (Dec. 12-14).
Among the 47 athletes who will compete are double medalist from the 2014 Winter Olympics, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C.; and World Cup 500m medalists from 2013-14, Jamie Gregg of Edmonton and Gilmore Junio of Calgary. Women’s national team members Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Kali Christ of Regina, who both competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, will also compete. 2014 Short Track Speed Skating Olympians and 2010 Olympic medalists Jessica Gregg and François Hamelin will also take part in this event.
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Admission is complimentary, come see the best in the the nation compete!
Based on the Canadian Team selection criteria for the Fall World Cups, Morrison is the only one pre-selected for the 2014 Fall World Cup Team as he was the only athlete who placed top 5 at the 2014 Olympic Games in one or more individual distances. Other skaters, including a minimum of eight women and eight men, will be selected based on their results at the Fall World Cups, to a maximum of 20 athletes.
Canada secured the following quota spots for 2014-15 World Cups based on last year results:
Women: 500m (4), 1000m (4), 1500m (4), 3000m/5000m (3), mass start (2)
Men: 500m (5), 1000m (4), 1500m (4), 5000m/10 000m (2), mass start (1)