2018 Long Track Olympic Team Announced

15 of the 19 skaters call Olympic Oval home

Speed Skating Canada Announces 2018 Olympic Long Track Speed Skating Team

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Speed Skating Canada officially announced the 19 athletes and four coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in long track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.  Of the 19 skaters selected 15 called the Olympic Oval home during the 2017-18 season. 

Skaters qualified for the team based on Speed Skating Canada’s 2018 Olympic Selection Policies and Processes, their performances in the last year and their results at the 2018 Long Track Team Selections held January 4-9 in Calgary. You can replay all the races from the selections on the Oval YouTube Channel.

2018 Long Track Olympic Team

WMNS
Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa, ON - 3000m, 5000m, Mass Start and Team Pursuit
Kali Christ, Regina, SK - 1500m and Team Pursuit
Marsha Hudey, White City, SK - 500m   
Kaylin Irvine, Calgary, AB - 1000m
Heather McLean, Winnipeg, MB - 500m and 1000m   
Josie Morrison, Kamloops. BC - 1500m and Team Pursuit   
Keri Morrison, Burlington, ON - Mass Start and Team Pursuit   
Brianne Tutt, Airdrie, AB - 1500m and 3000m   
Isabelle Weidemann, Ottawa, ON - 3000m, 5000m and Team Pursuit

MNS
Jordan Belchos, Toronto, ON - 10,000m and Team Pursuit   
Ted-Jan Bloemen, Calgary, AB - 5000m, 10,000m and Team Pursuit
Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Sherbrooke, QC - 500m
Vincent De Haître, Cumberland, ON - 1000m, 1500m and Team Pursuit
Ben Donnelly, Oshawa, ON - 1500m and Team Pursuit
Laurent Dubreuil, Lévis, QC - 500m and 1000m
Olivier Jean, Lachenaie, QC - Mass Start   
Gilmore Junio, Calgary, AB - 500m   
Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, BC - 1500m and Team Pursuit   
Alexandre St-Jean, Quebec City, QC - 1000m

Coaches
Kevin Crockett    Kitchener, ON
Gregor Jelonek    Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, QC
Marcel Lacroix    Montreal, QC
Bart Schouten    Calgary, AB

Among the highlights already this season: Ted-Jan Bloemen broke the 5000m world record; Ivanie Blondin won World Cup medals in the 3000m, 5000m and mass start; back-to-back 500m gold medals by Alex Boisvert-Lacroix; and podium finishes for both the men’s and women’s team pursuits.

Long track speed skating is Canada’s most successful sport at the Olympic Winter Games. Since 1924, Canada has won 35 long track medals, including eight golds. Long track speed skating will take place February 10-24 (Days 1-15) at the Gangneung Oval in Korea.