ISU Centre of Excellence

The ISU Center of Excellence (CoE) is a hub where the education of Coaches, Officials, training of talented Skaters, and various seminars, webinars and workshops take place; it is where Skaters, Coaches and Officials have access to high-quality experts, services and sufficient on-and off-ice facilities. 

The Olympic Oval was chosen in 2019 for a two-year pilot phase after which it was selected for a four-year designation between 2022-2026.

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Feature articles about the Olympic Oval — Centre of Excellence.

Olympic Oval speed skating expert recognized internationally

Gregg Planert isn’t a household name to many, but in the speedskating world, he is one of the pioneers of speedskating development in Canada and a minor celebrity.  

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UCalgary’s Olympic Oval selected as a Centre of Excellence by International Skating Union

The Olympic Oval offers a unique high-performance training environment. A combination of programming, ice technology, and location on the University of Calgary campus ensures its consistency in providing a high-performance environment. UCalgary is one of the few universities globally positioned to be able to support the Olympic Oval.

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Centre of Excellence

Olympic Oval Centre of Excellence

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Gregg Planert

Gregg Planert - International Sport Expert

Olympic Oval

Dryland Training

Dryland Training — Centre of Excellence

Olympic Oval

The Olympic Oval has a responsibility to help and develop speed skating internationally — we have been around for 35 years and as a Centre of Excellence, this helps us take the sport to a new level.

Mark Messer

Director, Olympic Oval