*Information in regards to cancelled competitions*
Due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 in countries or areas where the University of Calgary has suspended travel, we have cancelled two international speed skating events including pre-competition training at the Olympic Oval in March: the Long Track Grand Prix (March 14-15) and the Long track Finale (March 19-22). Short Track Canada Cup Final and Long Track Canada Cup #4 will take place as planned. Training for those domestic events will continue for Canadian athletes.
International athletes who are not already training at the Olympic Oval as of Friday, March 6th, are not permitted to enter the Oval after this date. This includes training and competing.
For Canadian athletes to compete, they and their coaches/support staff should be free from any illness symptoms for a minimum of 14 days and have not travelled through countries on the UCalgary restricted travel list, which currently includes: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Singapore.
The decision to cancel the event was made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of athletes, coaching staff and our campus community. The University of Calgary is working closely with relevant health authorities to ensure the safety and health of our campus community, members of the athletic delegations and visitors.
The university is closely monitoring the global and domestic progression of COVID-19 cases.
High Performance Training
The Olympic Oval has been providing 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 sport 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.
Training at the Olympic Oval
The Olympic Oval is one of the best speed skating training facilities in the world. Even after 30 years, the ice, the expertise, the staff, all make it the "go-to" destination for international speed skating teams.