On the fourth and final day of the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections in Calgary both the men and the women skated two 500m’s, and additionally the women skated their 5000m, while the men raced the 10k. Shannon Rempel and Jamie Gregg finished first overall in the 500m, while Brittany Schussler skated the fastest time in the 5000m and Léo Landry was first in the 10k.
In the first distance of the day, the women’s 500m, Shannon Rempel raced to the fastest time (38.33), where Christine Nesbitt needed 38.53 to finish second and Anastasia Bucsis was third in 39.06. The second 500m saw the exact same top 3, with Rempel (38.27), Nesbitt (38.29) and Bucsis (39.00). Overall, this made for another copy of the top 3 in both heats.
“I had a really good day on the ice today, and it has been a good weekend for me”, Rempel told Speed Skating Canada. “The second 500m race was really tight, so I’m happy with my performance.”
In the men’s first 500m Jamie Gregg ruled with his 35.05. Second was William Dutton in 35.16 and third was Vincent Labrie in 35.26. In the second heat, both Gregg (34.78) and Labrie (34.97) managed a 34’er, whereas Gilmore Junio finished third in 35.05. Overall, Gregg finished first, Labrie was second and Dutton was third.
Next up was the women’s 5000m, in which Brittany Schussler stopped the clock at 7:04.36, improving her previous best time by six seconds. With her 7:06.50 Cindy Klassen was second and Nicole Garrido finished third (7:12.45).
“I’m satisfied with my current shape, but it’s still a bit too early to say exactly how the season will play out. Though it looks pretty good”, Schussler told Speed Skating Canada. “I’m happy to have won today; my goal is to do the same at a World Cup.”
And finally, a surprise was saved for last, when Léo Landry finished first in the 10k in a new personal best time, beating Justin Warsylewicz and Olivier Jean. Landry needed 13.37.36 to complete the 25 laps, where Warsylewicz stopped the clock at 13.52.97 and Jean needed 14:00.17.
“It was a big surprise!”, Landry told Speed Skating Canada. “I didn’t think I could do that; I just wanted to set a personal best, but to win – that’s a great bonus! I was expecting to have a solid race in the 10k event, so I didn’t put too much pressure on myself.”
For complete results women's 500m click here.
For complete results men's 500m click here.
For complete results women's 5000m click here.
For complete results men's 10k click here.
Kristina Groves and Justin Warsylewicz finished first in respectively the women’s 3000m and the men’s 5000m on the third day of the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections in Calgary.
In the women’s 3000m Kristina Groves, who was prequalified for this distance, stopped the clock at 4:04.04, the fastest time of the day. Cindy Klassen came in second, in 4:06.51 and third was Brittany Schussler in 4:06.91.
Klassen, who returned to competition last year after knee surgery, told Speed Skating Canada: “Training is great; we have a fantastic group of girls who push each other. It’s also good to see some new faces and know that our sport is becoming even more popular.”
After his second place finish in the 1500m yesterday, Justin Warsylewicz finished first in today’s 5000m. He crossed the finish line after 6:28.58. Second was Leo Landry (6.31.44) and Keith Sulzer finished third (6.40.29).
“I’m really happy”, Warsylewicz told Speed Skating Canada. “The last few years were a tough go for me mentally, physically, and in terms of technique. I feel like I’m back on the right track again. Today is a big step forward. I didn’t skate regularly in World Cups these past few years. To win the 5000m and to score one of the fastest Canadian times so far this season helps me to be optimistic about upcoming races. The season has just started and I know I can skate faster.”
For complete results women's 3000m click here.
For complete results men's 5000m click here.
Christine Nesbitt and Philippe Riopel finished first in today’s 1500m at the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections in Calgary.
In the women’s 1500m, Christine Nesbitt needed 1:55.77 to complete distance, whereas Brittany Schussler crossed the finish line after 1:56.06, good for a second place finish. Third was Cindy Klassen in 1:56.86.
“I feel confident that I’ll have a good season”, Nesbitt told Speed Skating Canada. “I switched coaches (she now trains with Xiuli Wang) and I have to adapt to new training methods. I still need some time to get into optimal shape.”
Nesbitt and Kristina Groves were prequalified for the 1500m.
On the men’s side, Philippe Riopel raced to the fastest time of the day with a new personal best time of 1:46.34. Justin Warsylewicz needed 0.26 more to complete the race to finish second, and Mathieu Giroux was third in 1:46.86.
“Earning a spot on the World Cup Team yesterday alleviated some pressure; I was less nervous while skating today”, Riopel told Speed Skating Canada. “I didn’t have a very good season last year, and I’m happy to see things are changing this year.”
Denny Morrison and Lucas Makowsky did not skate today; they were prequalified for the 1500m.
For complete results women's 1500m click here.
For complete results men's 1500m click here.
On the first day of the Canadian Fall World Cup Team Selections in Calgary, Kristina Groves and Denny Morrison finished first in respectively the women’s and men’s 1000m.
In the women’s 1000m Kristina Groves, prequalified, raced to the fastest time of the day: 1:16.05. Brittany Schussler came in second in 1:16.38 and Shannon Rempel finished third in 1:17.14. Christine Nesbitt, Olympic gold medalist in the 1000m, was prequalified and therefore did not race this distance.
Denny Morrison improved his season’s fastest time from 1:09.07 to 1:08.46 to finish first in the men’s 1000m. His pair Philippe Riopel raced to the third time of the day (1:09.13) and Jamie Gregg was second in 1:08.66.
For complete results women's 1000m click here.
For complete results men's 1000m click here.