Oval Long Track Athletes

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These are the Athletes and Coaches who make up our Long Track #OvalFamily.

Long Track Stage 4

Neufeld

Jess Neufeld

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Highlights: Top 10 1500m Canadian trials 2018, Canada Cup 1000m &1500m medalist 2018, 3rd Allround Canadian Jr. Championships 2013, 2011 Canada Winter Games Short Track Team (Manitoba)

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Ben Donnelly

Fav. Quote: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known - Carl Sagan

Long Track Stage 3 (WMN)

chase

Jasmine Chase

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Highlights: Representing Ontario at multiple Canada Cup competitions, 2016 2x Canadian Henley Gold (Rowing), 14th Overall open women`s lightweight single National Rowing Championships 2016

Fav show to binge: Star Trek Next Gen

Fav Non Speed Skating team: West Ham United (EPL)

 

hagen

Kiersten Hagen

Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Fav. Musical Artists: Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons

Fav. Animal: Atlantic Puffin

Fav Quote: That`s a later problem - Kiersten Hagen

hannah

Ashley Hannah

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Fav. Animal: Black Bear

Fav Song to warm up to: Lost Cause - Black Pistol Fire

Fav Pro or Olympic Athlete: Cindy Klassen

Fav. Musical Artists: Lord Huron, Lumineers, Julien Baker

johnson

Sierra Johnson

Hometown: Oakville, ON

Highlights: Played AA Hockey, Championship level Irish Dance

Fav Cheat meal: Sweet potato fries & Chicken Fingers

Thing she can`t live without: Beats Headphones

Fav. Quote: Whenever you`re in a situation, think of me - Grandfather

Peterson

Cassidy Peterson

Hometown: Canmore, AB

Highlights: Canada Winter Games Bronze medal - Short Track Relay  

 

Sanson

Gabrielle Sanson

Hometown: Moose Jaw, SK

Highlights: 2015 Canada Winter Games Silver Medalist; 2016 World Jr. Championships (China), 3x Provincial 200m High School Track & Field Champion (2015-2017)

Fav. Animal: Emperor Penguin or Border Collie

Fav. Non Speed Skating Team: Saskatchewan Rough Riders (CFL), Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Fav Quote: Dreams don`t work unlesss you do. - John C. Maxwell

Scott

Olivia Scott

Hometown: Cambridge, ON

Highlights: Ontario Winter Games - Short track

Fav. sports Movie: Rudy

Fav. Non Speed Skating Team: UC Dinos Wmns Basketball (Go Erin)

Fav. Thing her Mum Makes: Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding

Thing she can`t live without: Nail polish

Spence

Sara Spence

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

Highlights: Female Athlete of the Year Award

Fav. Cheat meal: Ice Cream

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Josie Morrison

Fav. show to binge: Gossip Girl

Weidemann

Lily Weidemann

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Fav. Cheat meal: Home made Mac & Cheese

Fav. Song to warm up to: Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer

Thing she can`t live without: Coffee

White

Taylor White

Hometown: Cambridge, ON

Highlights: 2 time Canadian and North American Champ, Bronze medal Canada Winter Games, High School tennis Champ

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Isabelle Weidemann

Fav. Non Speed Skating team: West Coast Eagles (AFL)

 

Young

Abbey Young

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Fav. Warm up song: Glow Up - Meek Mill

Fav. show to binge: Friends

Things she cant live without: Nutella

Long Track Stage 3 (MNS)

Brant

Max Brant

Hometown: Niagra on the Lake, ON

Highlights: Former U of C Dinos Rower...

Fav. Song to warm up to: SWEET by Brockhampton

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Kai Verbij

Coderre

Paul Coderre

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Highlights: 2015 Canada Winter Games... Alberta Short Track skater of the year (2016)...

Fav. shows to binge: The Office, Parks & Recreation

Thing you can't live without: My guitar

Himbeault

Gibson Himbeault

Hometown: Whitby, ON

Highlights: Short Track Juniors

Fav cheat meal: 7/11 Taquitos

Fav. Non Speed Skatig team: Toronto Raptors (NBA)

Hrynchuk

John Hrynchuk

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Fav. song to warm up to: Fall by Eminem

Fav. Cheat meal: Pizza

Things he can't live without: Oxygen, water, food, warmth and a core temp. of 37 degrees

Hurtubise

Jonah Hurtubise

Hometown: Aylmer, QC

Highlights: Top 5 America Cup Final Salt Lake City 17-18 (3000m)... Canadian Jr. Cycling Championships 2015...

Fav. Pro or Olympic athlete: Mark Cavendish (cycling)... Rory Mcilroy (PGA)

Fav. Non Speed Skating team: Red Bull Racing (F1)

int veld

Kai int'Veld

Hometown: Zwaanshoek, NL

Highlights: European Champion (Juniors) 1000, 1500 and Allround... Several medals at Nationals

Johnson

Anders Johnson

Hometown: South Surrey, BC

Highlights: Scored hat trick and GWG in the championship game to the Boston International Midget Tournament

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: My grandfather, Danny Johnson - Captain of the Winnipeg Jets 1974-75

Fav Quote: He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose - Jim Elliott

Koots

Simon Koots

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Highlights: 2017-18 Intact U of C Scholarship recipient... Team Manitoba Ultimate Frisbee player...

Fav. show to binge: Bojack Horseman

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: John Montgomery (Skeleton)

Laxton

Matthew Laxton

Hometown: Hespeler, ON

Highlights: Ontario Long Track rising Star Award 2015-16...

Fav. Sports Movie: Rocky 4

Fav. Quote: Don't let your dreams be dreams - Shia LeBeouf

Liebzeit

Christian Liebzeit

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Highlights: 7th in the 500m Canada Cup 1 in Quebec, 14th Overall... Short Track 23rd overall jr. rank... Top 7 finish in Canadian Jr. Selections #2

Fav. Quote: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. - Mike Reid

Meline

Thomas Meline

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Highlights: University World Championship Bronze medallist in 5k relay (short track)... Runner up in French Championship Marathon in Inline Speed Skating (2008)

Fav. Quote: Sans maitrise la puissance n'est rien.

 

Long Track Stage 2

anneca

Alexa Annecca

Hometown: Barrie, ON

Highlights: 2018 Jr. Short Track Provincial Champion... 2017 CACLT in Edmonton (3000m & 1500m gold)... Competed in OFSAA provincials in soccer, cross country and track & field.

Fav. Non Speed Skating Team: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)

Fav. Quote: Collect moments, not things.

babolic

Ian Babulic

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Highlights: 4th in Ottawa Spartan Sprint (2018)

Fav. Non Speed Skating Team: Golden State Warriors (NBA)

Fav. Quote: You do it slow, you do it well, then you can do it fast - Mike Rivet

Bouma

Noah Bouma

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Highlights:

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Georges St. Pierre (UFC)

Thing he can't live without: Burgers

Brunn

Hannah Brunn

Hometown: Dawson Creek, BC

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Sophie Schmidt (Soccer), Clara Hughes (Cycling, Skating)

Fav. Quote: We're so busy watching out for what's ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are - Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

 

Freitag

Rachel Freitag

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Highlights: Ontario LT Female Rising Star Award (2018)... OFSAA provincial cross country partcipant x2...

Fav. Non Speed Skating Team: Ottawa Senators (NHL)

Fav. Cheat Day meal: Pizza and rainbow cookies

Fav. Quote: Road work ahead? Uh yeah, I sure hope it does.

Gledhill

Garrett Gledhill

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

 

Javra

Emma Javra

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Fav. Pro ot Olympic Athlete: Scott Moir

Fav. Non Speed Skating team: Winnipeg Jets (NHL)

Fav. Quote: I am Beyonce, always. - Michael Scott (The Office)

Johnson

Molly Johnson

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Highlights: Competed in divisional and city championships in track & field

Fav. song to warm up to: No control - One Direction

Fav. Quote: Nothing is impossible. The World itself says 'I'm possible' - Audrey Hepburn

Lacroix

Zachary Lacroix

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Highlights: Canadian age class long track Championships (third - 500m)... Silver in Relay at Alberta Winter Games

Fav. Pro or Olympic athlete: Ichiro Suzuki (MLB)

Fav. Quote: You are entering a world of pain

Nedeljakova

Zuzana Nedeljakova

Hometown: Calgary

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Chloe Kim (Snowboarding)

Fav. Quote: You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose! - Dr. Seuss

Orlowsky

Eric Orlowsky

Hometown: Prince George, BC

Highlights: BCSSA Jr. Male Speed Skater of the year (17-18)

Fav. Cheat Meal: Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Burger

Fav. pro ro Olympic Athlete: Shaun White

Antoine Parent

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Highlights:

Fav. Cheat meal: Poutine or Pizza

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Vincent De Haitre

Scutchings

Matthew Scutchings

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

Highlights: 2015 Laurie McRuvie (Most Impoved Skater) Award winner

Fav. Pro or Olympic Athlete: Usain Bolt (Track and Field)

Fav. Cheat meal: Ice Cream

Long Track Coaches

Marcel

Marcel Lacroix

Associate Director, Sport

Birthplace: Montreal, QC

Highlights: Coached at 4 Olympics (1998, 2006, 2010,2018)... Coached athletes to six Olympic Medals... 25 years experience coaching at the Oval... 35 years working in Speed Skating... History degree (Laval)...

Jeff

Jeff Kitura

Coach, LT Stage 3 (WMN)

Birthplace: Langley, BC

Highlights:TS, Precision Nutrition Level, NCCP Level 3, FMS, Agatsu, Kettlebell Level 1... Skated for Canadian Long Track Speed Skating team 2003-2011...

Arno

Arno Hoogveld

Coach, LT Stage 3 (MNS)

Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Highlights: Coached Canadian National team World Juniors (2002-2004)... Canadian National team (2004-06)... Internationals (2006-2010)... Canadian National team World Juniors (2010-14)

Justin Warsylewicz

Coach, LT Stage 2

Birthplace: Regina, SK

Highlights: Olympic medalist (Silver team Pursuit - 2006)... 2014 World Junior Champion... 5 years as a coach in the sport.... Coached Canada Winter games, World Junior Championships and the 2018 World Sprint Championships... Science degree (University of Calgary)... Massage Therapy Diploma (Mt.Royal)...

Eiji

Eiji Kohara

Coach, LT Stage 2

Birthplace: Nagano, Japan

Highlights: Coached for Japan in the 2014 & 2018 Olympic Games... National Sprint Team Coach from 2014 to 2018... Head coach at 2015 and 2018 ISU World Sprint Championships... Junior National Team coach for 2009 and 2010... Joined the Oval in August 2018 as part of an exchange with the National Coaching Certification Program...