The Olympic Oval has provided high-performance coaching and training to long track and short track athletes for nearly three decades. Oval programs were established shortly after the 1988 Winter Olympics when it was identified that there was a need for high-level coaching for both Canadian and international athletes.
Since that time, the Olympic Oval's short and long track programs have grown to more than 150 athletes and employ more than 10-speed skating coaches (full and part-time). Oval Program athletes range in performance starting at provincial team level up to national team level.
Athletes from around the world (Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Columbia, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and Ukraine) have trained in the Olympic Oval speed skating programs.
The Olympic Oval short and long track programs continue to be leaders in sports development and research. Athletes in this program have had tremendous success in setting world records, Provincial Winter Games, Canada Winter Games, winning medals at Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, and qualifying for National teams.