Impressive season for Stefan Groothuis
Sunday, 2 September 2012
With his overall title at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary in January, a world title in the 1000m at the World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen in March, and some outstanding results at the World Cups throughout the season, Stefan Groothuis looks back on a great season. Results that are even more impressive when you realize he spent the entire 2007-2008 season off the ice after an achilles tendon injury. After a well-deserved vacation, Groothuis reflects on what has been his best season thus far, and looks forward to the pre-Olympic season.
Patrick Beckert looking forward to ‘final rehearsal’ in Sochi
Saturyday, 25 August 2012
German speed skater Patrick Beckert had quite a successful 2011/2012 season. Coming in 11th in the final rankings for both the 5000m/10k and the mass start, he just failed the top ten, and together with his teammates he finished third in the men’s Team Pursuit ranking.
First World Cup victory crown on Jamie Gregg’s season
Sunday, 12 August 2012
It has been a good season for Jamie Gregg. He started out with some strong performances, and despite a slightly weaker middle part, he was able to give a good end to his season, with his very first gold medal at a World Cup, in the 500m at the World Cup Finals in Berlin. In between summer training camps, Gregg looks back on his season, in which he not only tasted his first World Cup victory, but also got to skate the World Sprint Championships in front of a home crowd and skated the World Single Distance Championships in Heerenveen.
Good international debut for young Canadian speed skaters
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Meet Kaylin Irvine and Kali Christ, two youngsters on the Canadian team who both made their debut on the international stage last season. Not only did they earn a spot on the World Cup team for the first time in their careers, but they both qualified for World Championships as well. On top of that, Christ, whose best distances are the 1000m and 1500m, was named Long Track Rising Star by Speed Skating Canada last June. Irvine considers the 1000m to be her best distance, followed by the 500m. Already training hard for the 2012-1013 season, Irvine and Christ look back one more time on the past season, which was a breakthrough one for them.
Daniel Greig satisfied with past season, despite chronic injury
Thursday, 26 July 2012
With personal bests in the 500m and 1000m, it has been a pretty successful season for Australian speed skater Daniel Greig. But despite these good races, Greig had to face several downs as well, most of them due to his ongoing knee injury. He skated well at World Sprints in Calgary with his first 34s race in the 500m, a national record, but also admits to the fact he could have been sharper at times. Nevertheless, overall he looks back satisfied, and is looking forward to what next season will bring, as is his coach Desly Hill, especially now that both Greig and Hill have recently changed teams, from APPM to Liga.
Solid start of season for Denny Morrison
Sunday, 1 January 2012
With several podium finishes at the first World Cups of the season, Denny Morrison gave a good start to the 2011-2012 season. Where the post-Olympic season was disappointing for him due to an admitted lack of training, and as such served as a wake up call, this season was preceded by a good summer, jam-packed with motivated training, which has translated into solid results on the ice so far. With these promising results under his belt, Morrison reflects on the first half of the season and looks forward to what is still to come.
William Dutton confidently looking forward to second half season
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
His first season on the World Cup circuit did not end well for William Dutton, when he cut his achilles last March. But despite this setback, he was able to get some good summer training under his belt, and with the Fall World Cups of this season down, he can look back on some solid races. Two podium finishes in the B group 500m at the second Fall World Cup in Astana got him promoted to the A group in Heerenveen, where he raced his best 500m of the season thus far. On top of that, he competed in a demo event in Heerenveen, the Team Sprint, in which Canada was represented by two men’s teams and finished 3rd and 4th. With the Canadian Single Distances Championships just around the corner, Dutton reflects on his World Cup races and the Team Sprint, and looks forward to the rest of the season.
Young Canadians fast at World Cup Trials
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
At the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections in Calgary last month, familiar names like Cindy Klassen and Denny Morrison ruled in the middle distances. In the 500m however, the world was in for a few surprises. In the women’s 500m, Anastasia Bucsis (22) claimed victory in both heats, whereas on the men’s side Gilmore Junio (21) skated to a season’s best time in his second 500m. And they both did so in some huge personal bests. Meet Bucsis and Junio, as they look back on that amazing weekend in October and look forward to the Fall World Cups, that are about to kick off this weekend in Chelyabinsk.
Aussies on ice: Desly Hill
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Australian speed skating is on the rise with athletes like Daniel Greig and Joshua Lose, who both successfully made the transition from inline skating to speed skating on ice. Important for both athletes’ careers and for this crossover was, and still is, their coach Desly Hill. For the third and final part of our series on Australian speed skating, Speedskating-online talked to Hill about Greig and Lose, and about the international group of skaters that seems to benefit so much from Hill’s skills and experience.
WSDC-medalist Lucas Makowsky looking forward to start of season
Saturday, 1 October 2011
After his gold-medal performance in the Team Pursuit at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, Lucas Makowsky was looking for another season to once again improve his results, like he had been over the past couple of years. And even though his past season was off to a rocky start after a foot infection, he did manage to close it off with a bronze medal at the World Single Distances Championships, which was his first individual medal ever at this competition. With the start of the 2011-2012 season just around the corner, Makowsky reflects on his past year and looks forward to what is coming up. Read more
Denny Morrison and Richard MacLennan: summer of 2011 – Part 2
Thursday, 8 September 2011
With the summer closing to an end, Canadian speed skaters are working towards the end of an interesting training period. The roof of the Olympic Oval in Calgary was under repair this spring and summer, forcing the athletes to find other places to get the first on-ice training laps under their belt. After a cycling camp in Penticton, BC, the Canadian sprint team found refuge in Montana first for another cycling camp, and then spent a long time in Salt Lake City for their on-ice training. Denny Morrison and Richard MacLennan, both on the Canadian sprint team, look back on the summer and talk cycling for a change.
Denny Morrison and Richard MacLennan: summer of 2011 – Part 1
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
This summer has been different from other summers for the Canadian sprint team. Because the roof of the Olympic Oval in Calgary was under repair, they’ve been spending a considerable amount of time in the US; first for cycling camps, and then for on-ice training in Salt Lake City. The Canadian sprint team consists of veterans like Denny Morrison and Jamie Gregg, who have been on the national team for years, and fairly new additions like Richard MacLennan and Gilmore Junio, who look back on their first or second year on the World Cup circuit. Speedskating-online talked to Morrison and MacLennan about their past season, summer training, cycling, and their rookie year.
First annual Branch Out Bike Tour this weekend in Panorama, BC
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Almost two months ago, on May 1, former long track speed skater Justine L’Heureux and a couple of friends set out on what was to become a heroic bike tour all across Canada. They started out from L’Heureux’ hometown, near Montreal, QC, and are planning to arrive in Panorama, BC shortly before the first annual Branch Out Bike Tour on June 25th, 55 days and 4500 km later. They are doing so to help build more awareness of diseases associated with the neurological system, like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, and to raise as much money as possible for research of these conditions.
“It’s not going to change the world, but if we can help just a little bit, that will be a success for us!”
Friday, 29 April 2011
On June 25 several Canadian speed skaters will participate in the first annual Branch Out Bike Tour to help build more awareness of diseases associated with the neurological system, like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Among them will be Justine L’Heureux, runner-up at the Junior World Championships in 2008, but for her the Bike Tour will be the pinnacle of an epic bike trip across Canada to draw attention to neurological diseases, starting on May 1 near Montreal, QC and concluding on June 25 in Panorama, BC for the Bike Tour. L’Heureux is determined to complete this journey to help out her good friend and co-founder of the Branch Out Foundation, speed skater Crystal Phillips, who was diagnosed with MS herself a couple of years ago.