The Olympic Oval has seven coaches responsible for the Elite Athlete Pathway.
Kevin Crocket, Mike Ireland, Cristina Lazarescu, Todd McClements and Phil Riopel coach long track speed skating. Elizabeth Ward and Maggie Qi coach shop track speed skating.
Hometown: Kitchener, ON Personal: Married with two children Languages: English Discipline: Long Track
About: Kevin has been coaching with the Olympic Oval from 2004 - 2011 and from 2021 - present.
Career Highlights: Bronze medal 500m, 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB. Personal: Married with two children Languages: English and Japanese Discipline: Long Track
Career Highlights: Gold medal, 2001 World Sprint Championships
Hometown: Miercurea-Ciuc, România Personal: Married with two children Languages: English, French, Romanian and Hungarian Discipline: Long Track and Short Track
About: Cristina Lazarescu has been coaching with the Olympic Oval since 2015
Coach for the Alberta Short Track Team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games
Team AB short track: 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze at the CWG 2019
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK. Personal: Married Languages: English Discipline: Long Track
About: Todd McClements has been with the Oval since 2004 as a coach and worked with Speed Skating Canada from 2011 to 2022.
Coached both Junior world champions (Ben Donnelly in 2016 overall World Champ and World Champion in 1000m and 5000m) and Senior World Champions (Ted-Jan Bloemen 5000m and Graeme Fish in the 10,000m) in 2020.
Coached at the 2014 Sochi and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
Hometown: Personal: Married with one child Languages: English and French
Hometown: Personal: Married with two children Languages: English and Mandarin
Hometown: Montréal, QC. Personal: Languages: English and French
We have some of the most talented coaches in the speed skating world — we are very lucky to be able to utilize their expertise in coaching our high-performance athletes.