HEERENVEEN, Netherlands - The Canadian long track speed skating team, led by multiple medal winners so far this season Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil, closes out the pre-Christmas international schedule this week in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Dec. 12-14, with the fourth World Cup of the season.
Dubreuil of Levis, Que., won his third straight 500m medal of the season on Dec. 7 in Berlin, Germany. His bronze medal that day added to a silver on Dec. 5 and a bronze on Nov. 23 in Seoul, Korea.
Blondin of Ottawa has three straight mass start podium finishes. She won silver Dec. 7 in Berlin to go with her win in Obihiro, Japan, on Nov. 16 and her bronze Nov. 23 in Seoul. Blondin also won a bronze medal in the 5,000m for a tally of four medals so far this year.
The Heereveen competition begins Friday, Dec. 12 with the first of two 500s for both men and women, the women’s 3,000m and the men’s team pursuit.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, skaters will race the 1,000m, the men’s 5,000m and women’s team pursuit.
The World Cup concludes Sunday, Dec. 14 with another 500m, both 1,500m events and the men’s and women’s mass starts.
Members of the Canadian National Team for the ISU Long Track World Cup #4 (Heerenveen, Netherlands)
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
-JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
-MacLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-HANLY, Kate (Calgary, AB)
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK.)
-IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
-McGUIRE, Lauren (Ottawa, ON)
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
-OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Edmonton, AB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
Friday, December 12
500m (1) Men - A
500m Men - B
500m (1) Women - A
500m Women - B
3000m Women - B
3000m Women - A
Team Pursuit Men
Saturday, December 13
1000m Women - A
1000m Women - B
1000m Men - A
1000m Women - B
5000m Men - A
5000m Men - B
Team Pursuit Women
Sunday, December 14
500m (2) Women - A
500m (2) Men - A
1500m Men - A
1500m Men - B
1500m Women - A
1500m Women - B
Mass Start Men
Mass Start Women
More information, including the complete schedule and the lists of entrants for each race (posted the night before each event), can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
Live streaming of A group races in Heerenveen will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.