De Haitre continues to dominate; Jean takes first in Mass Start in his return to the Fastest Ice in the World
CALGARY, AB – The University of Calgary Olympic Oval’s Fall Classic wrapped up Sunday with another impressive performance from Vincent De Haître. The 21-year old from Cumberland, ON posted a time of 1:07.63 in the mens 1000m – matching his personal best. That time was the fastest 1000m time in the world in the 2014-15 season. De Haître was the youngest Canadian speed skater to participate in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and last season continued to develop as he captured his first World Cup medal with a bronze in the 1000m at the World Cup Final.
Kali Christ took first place in the ladies 1000m Sunday race – Christ put down a time of 1:18.78 to best China’s Han Fang by over a second. A pair of Chinese skaters - Zhongdang Mu and An Liu each posted a solid time of 35.09 in the mens 500m. Xin Zhang captured the 500M Ladies event with a time of 38.28.
The day wrapped up with the always exciting Mass Start long distance race. Short Track Olympic Medalist Olivier Jean’s return to the Fastest Ice in the World was as good as advertised as he edged out Nick Goplen and Bob de Jong for the win. Despite finishing in third position at last week’s Fall World Cup Selections, Jean has elected to skip the first four Short Track World Cups of the season in order to seriously train in long track speed skating at the Oval.
The U of C Olympic Oval Fall Classic live webcast is now available for replay on the Olympic Oval’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/theolympicoval. The next event to be webcast will be the Intercontinental Short Track Junior Invitational on the weekend of October 9-11th.