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Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final

The Olympic Oval invites you to the Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final at the University of Calgary.
March 7-10, 2024.

Competition Details

The Grand Prix is a primer competition for the Oval Finale. It has grown in participant size over the years as many athletes arrive in Calgary well in advance of the Oval Finale to set themselves up for a great finish to their season. This year, Canada Cup Final will run simultaneously for Canadian athletes looking to qualify for the National Team and NextGen Team.

The Olympic Oval is utilizing the Sportity App for seamless and efficient communication during events. The app can be downloaded on the Apple Store or Google Play Store for free. Ensure your notifications are turned on to receive event communications in a timely manner. Each event has its own password. Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final password is GPCCF24

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Coaches Meeting 6:00pm
Social Event 6:30-8:30 PM
The Banquet in University District
3953 University Ave NW #220

Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • Women 500m (1)
  • Men 500m (1)
  • Women 3000m*
  • Men 5000m*

Friday, March 8, 2024

  • Women 1000m (1)
  • Men 1000m (1)
  • Women 5000m*
  • Men 10000m*

Saturday, March 9, 2024

  • Women 500m (2)
  • Men 500m (2)
  • Women 1500m
  • Men 1500m

Sunday, March 10, 2024

  • Women's 1000m (2)
  • Men's 1000m (2)
  • Women Mass Start*
  • Men Mass Start*

*Restricted entry

Grand Prix Time Standards
No time standards for the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m.
Women 3000m – 5:05.00 or 1500m 2:22.00
Men 5000m – 7:45.00 or 1500m 2:09.55

Canada Cup Qualifying Times (High Performance Bulletin 206)

The HPAC-LT has determined qualifying times required for participation in Canada Cups. The following qualifying time limits apply for all Canada Cups and SSC Events.

                  Senior      Senior        Senior       Junior       Junior          Junior
                  Inside       Inside        Outside      Inside       Inside          Outside
                                 (low land)                                    (low land)

Women
500m       0:44.00    0:44.75      0:46.90      0:46.20    0:46.95       0:50.60
1000m      1:27.20     1:28.70       1:33.00       1:31.60      1:33.10         1:40.30
1500m      2:15.30     2:17.55       2:24.20     2:22.00     2:24.25      2:35.40
3000m     4:44.70    4:49.20      5:03.30      4:58.70     5:03.20      5:26.70
5000m     7:30.0      7:37.50        N/A            N/A           N/A            N/A

Men
500m       0:40.20    0:40.95      0:42.90      0:42.20    0:42.95      0:46.30
1000m      1:19.00     1:20.50       1:24.40       1:23.00     1:24.50       1:31.00
1500m      2:01.20    2:03.45      2:09.30      2:07.30     2:09.55      2:19.40
3000m     N/A          N/A             N/A            4:35.90     4:40.40      5:02.00
5000m     7:19.60     7:27.10        7:48.70       7:45.00    7:52.50      8:28.60
10000m   14:00.00   14:15.00     N/A             N/A           N/A            N/A

Women must have the time standard from the 1500m or 3000m to be eligible to compete in the 3000m. Women with a standard in any distance are eligible to compete in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m.

Men must have the time standard from the 1500m, 3000m, or 5000m to be eligible to compete in the 5000m. Men with a standard in any distance are eligible to compete in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m.

In order for a result to be a valid Qualifying Time, it must have been achieved in an ISU or SSC Sanctioned Event between July 1, 2022 and the entry deadline for the Event. For the Mass Start and Team Events, any of the listed Qualifying Times will apply.

Inside times include all times achieved in a covered Oval. Outside times include all times achieved in an outdoor, uncovered Oval. The slower qualifying time (low land) applies for results achieved outside the high altitude Ovals in Calgary (Olympic Oval), Salt Lake City (Utah Olympic Oval) and Urumqi (Xinjiang Ice Sports Center).

General Regulations
The Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final Speed Skating Competition will be held in accordance with the 2023 International Skating Union Regulations and updates and is open to all skaters who belong to an ISU member country.  It is listed on the International Skating Union Calendar and sanctioned by Speed Skating Canada and Speed Skating Alberta.

The Track
The Olympic Oval is a standard speed skating track of 400 meters to the lap.  The refrigerated ice track has a 5 meter wide warmup lane.  The radii of the inner and outer competition lanes are 26 and 30 meters respectively.  The width of the racing track is 4 meters.

Entries
Any bonafide member of the International Skating Union may compete in the Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final Speed Skating Competition, provided that the member is properly registered with the Olympic Oval and approved by their member country.
Skaters must be Junior C2 or older to compete.  Ie. Born before July 1, 2009.

Citizenship/Residence requirements and Clearance Procedure
In accordance with Rule 109 of the ISU Regulations and ISU Communication No. 2526, all skaters who do not have the nationality of the Member by which they have been entered or who, although having such nationality, have in the past represented another Member, must produce an ISU Clearance Certificate.

Composition and the Starting Order of Pairs
The draw is conducted under the current SSC rules and ISU rules where applicable. Seeding is based on the athlete's best times skated since July 1, 2023. The Pairings for Day One will be available online by 5:00pm MT prior to Day One of racing. You can find the pairs on the Sportity App CCFGP24 or Olympic Oval website. The Coaches Meeting will be held at the The Banquet at 6:00pm MT on Wednesday March 6, 2024.

The Banquet
3957 University Ave NW,
Calgary, AB
T3B 6K3

Liability
In accordance with ISU Rule 119; the International Skating Union, Speed Skating Canada, Speed Skating Alberta, the Olympic Oval, and the University of Calgary assume no responsibility for, or liability with respect to bodily or personal injury or loss of property or damage incurred in connection with the 2024 Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final Speed Skating Competition. Each Skater is solely responsible for providing insurance coverage thereto.

Transportation
Each skater is responsible for his/her own transportation.

Anti-Doping
Tests may be made in accordance with Rule 139 and the current ISU Doping Communication.  Any skater breaking a World Record will be tested.

Entries for the Grand Prix / Canada Cup Final must be submitted electronically.

Entry Fees
The entry fee is $110.00 CDN (includes GST)
Late Fee: Double entry fee after the Entry Deadline.
*Note: An entry cannot be guaranteed if entered after the Deadline.

Entry Deadline
11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2024

Olympic Oval Waiver Form
Skaters in their first competition of the season in the Olympic Oval must fill out the Waiver Form.

All Skaters will be charged for their ice training prior to the competition with the exception of the day prior to the competition where training is free of charge. For training times and fees, please check our website at https://oval.ucalgary.ca/speed-skating/schedules-rates/schedules  or contact Oval Guest Services at ovalguestservices@ucalgary.ca

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