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Speed Skating Canada unveils details of its selection processes leading to the 2018 Olympic Games

Ottawa, ON – Speed Skating Canada unveiled today details pertaining to the long and short track selection process for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which will be held February 9 to 25.

In short track, 16 skaters per gender will battle for the five spots available at the selections that will be held August 12-20, 2017 at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. Skaters will take part in three races in each of the events, i.e. the 500m, the 1000m and the 1500m, over the five days of competition, slated for Saturday August 12, Sunday August 13, Wednesday August 16, Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20. The complete policy and procedures for Olympic selection as well as a one-page summary are available in the special section that can be found on Speed Skating Canada's website at http://www.speedskating.ca/2018-og/short-track.
 
In long track, skaters will take part in selections set to be held from January 4-9, 2018 at Calgary's Olympic Oval. The women's 3000m and men's 5000m events will kick off the competition on Thursday, January 4, and will be followed by the 500m on Friday, January 5, the 1500m on Saturday, January 6, and the 1000m on Monday, January 8, while the women's 5000m and the men's 10 000m will close it out on Tuesday, January 9. Skaters will have a day off on Sunday, January 7. The complete policy and procedures for Olympic selection as well as a one-page summary are available in the special section that can be found on Speed Skating Canada's website at http://www.speedskating.ca/2018-og/long-track.
 
Media representatives can, as of now, make an accreditation request for the selections by filling out the available form included in the above mentioned special pages.

Improve from Sochi in PyeongChang
At the 2018 Olympic Games, Canada's speed skating team will aim to improve from the 2014 Olympic Games where Canada won five medals in Short and Long Track Speed Skating together.

Canadian Short Track skaters won an average of six individual medals while the Long Track athletes climbed four and three times on the podium in the past two respectives ISU World Short Track Championships and ISU World Single Distance Championships for an average of nine medals in the past two seasons.

“Over the last few years, our long and short track speed skaters have shown they can perform when it counts the most, i.e. at the World Championships in short track and at the World Single Distance Championships in long track,” said Speed Skating Canada's Chief Executive Officer, Susan Auch. “Let’s not forget the eleven times our Canadian skaters finished in positions fourth to sixth, as well as the near podium misses in short track relay racing and in long track team pursuit events.”

“Based on these performances, we strongly believe that our athletes will bring Canadian Short Track and Long Track Speed Skating back onto the Olympic podium in PyeongChang in more events than ever.”

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's website at  www.speedskating.ca.

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