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Intercontinental Short Track Invitational Returns to the Oval

Second Annual Event set for Thanksgiving Weekend on the Fastest Ice in the World
CALGARY, AB – The University of Calgary Olympic Oval is set to host the second annual Intercontinental Short Track Invitational on Thanksgiving weekend (October 7-9, 2016).  Short track athletes hailing from 11 countries will be represented including – Japan, China, Great Britain, Belgium, the USA, Singapore, France, Norway, Sweden, India and Canada.

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This event will feature several Canadian Junior and National Development team skaters.  The Calgary group of skaters competing will be led by newly named Canadian National Development team member Keegan Christ.  Christ, a 22-year old native of Regina, Saskatchewan, placed third in this event last season behind Russia’s Danill Eibog and the 2015 Intercontinental Short Track Invitational Champion Jacob McKenzie.  Christ is one of six Oval skaters who were selected for the Calgary team for last year’s Invitational – including his returning teammates Kiel Hillis and Jesse Slusar.  Ian Smibert, Marco Schumann and Vincent Girard round out the Oval coached team in the Men’s division.

In the ladies division, Jamie Lee, Alison Desmarais and Marika Nadal return from last year’s selections and will be joined by Invitational “rookies” Hannah Clark, Olivia Scott and Cassidy Peterson.  

The alternates for the Calgary team include Calgary’s Abbey Young on the ladies side and Paul Coderre who will serve as the alternate for the men’s team.

The Calgary team consists of: (* denotes returning skater from Intercontinental 2015)
Ladies:
- Jamie Lee (BC)*
- Alison Desmarais (BC)*
- Marika Nadal (AB)*
- Hannah Clark (NWT)
- Olivia Scott (ON)
- Cassidy Peterson (AB)
- Alternate: Abbey Young (AB)
Men
- Keegan Christ (SK)*
- Kiel Hillis (AB)*
- Jesse Slusar (SK)*
- Ian Smibert (ON)
- Marco Schumann (SK)
- Vincent Girard (QC)
- Alternate: Paul Coderre (AB)

Races will kick off on Friday afternoon with the 1500m at 9:00AM followed by the 500m prelims.  Be sure to check the Oval website or the Oval social media channels for full weekend schedule updates.

In case you can’t make it to the rink – the U of C Olympic Oval is also very excited to announce that a live webcast will once again be available for the Intercontinental Short Track Invitational!  The event will be webcast live on the Olympic Oval’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/theolympicoval.  

Thanks to the support of our fans the Intercontinental will be the first of SIX events the Oval will attempt to webcast in the 2016-17 season; including the Oval Invitational / Canadian Long Track Fall World Cup Selections (Oct. 20-23); Canadian Junior Short Track Championships (Dec.16-18); Long Track Canadian Single Distance Championships / Canada Cup #2 (Jan 3-6); Short Track Senior Selection #2 (Mar.9-12) and Long Track Olympic Oval Finale / Canada Cup #4 (Mar.16-19).

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