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Justine LíHeureux and Philippe Riopel: future of Canadian speed skating

Thursday, 5 July 2007

 

With extremely successful Canadian speed skaters like Cindy Klassen en Jeremy Wotherspoon and a new generation that is already making quite a name for itself with skaters like Christine Nesbitt and Denny Morrison, there appears to be a lot to look forward to for Canada when it comes to the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. However, there already seems to be a younger generation almost ready to start knocking at the door, including Justine LíHeureux and Philippe Riopel, who were able to impress at the World Junior Championships last February.

 

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Race of the year revisited

Saturday, 23 June 2007

 

Last week Denny Morrison was named Long Track Male Skater of the Year by Speed Skating Canada after a successful season that he concluded on wooden skates, or ‘houtjes’, at Finale in Calgary. This 500m raised quite a few eyebrows and even more questions. Does this race imply Morrison may be considering a switch to houtjes permanently? Was this the best race possible at the time or is there still room for improvement? And how will he make sure he will be even faster on houtjes next year? Here’s an interview with Morrison to answer all these questions once and for all.

 

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Canadian speed skater Arne Dankers visits Rwanda for Right To Play

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

 

After a good season that may have surprised himself more than anyone, Olympic silver-medalist speed skater Arne Dankers visited Rwanda early May as an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play. Back home after this impressive experience, Dankers talks about this trip and the dancing skills he picked up while being there.

 

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Canadian speed skater Crystal Phillips organizing team for MS Bike Tour

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

 

After successfully organizing a team for the MS Bike Tour for the first time last year, Crystal Phillips is looking forward to making this year’s team an even bigger success. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis herself only a little over a year ago, the 21-year-old speed skater is determined to not let the disease get her down and hopes this Bike Tour, which is a two-day 180-km trip from Airdrie to Olds and back, will help build more awareness of MS and will help raise as much money as possible for MS research.

 

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Great end of season for Denny Morrison

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

 

After continuously showing progress throughout this season, it all came together for Denny Morrison at the two final competitions of the season, when he earned his first World Cup gold in Calgary, and was able to add two more silver medals and a bronze medal at the World Single Distances Championships in Salt Lake City, along with several personal bests in the short distances. During a well-deserved break Morrison reflects on these last successful races and talks about his plans for the very near future.

 

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Wotherspoon had bigger fish to fry this season

Thursday, 22 March 2007

 

The Olympics have never been that successful for Jeremy Wotherspoon despite an incredibly impressive career at the World Championships and World Cups. After his disappointing performances at last year’s Olympics in Torino and an ongoing back injury, he decided to take this post-Olympic season off to regain his motivation for speed skating and give his body the rest it obviously needed. So what has he been up to this past season and will he be back next year?

 

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Two silver medals for Denny Morrison at World All-rounds

Sunday, 18 February 2007

 

After one bronze medal in the 1000m at the World Sprint Championships in Hamar three weeks earlier, Denny Morrison showed progress once again at the World All-round Championships in Heerenveen, where he picked up two silver medals in the 500m and the 1500m. However, after placing fifth overall last year, a tenth place overall may have been disappointing for him. Morrison reflects on his races, and shares his opinion on skating in Heerenveen in front of a crowd cheering not only for the two new Dutch World Champions Ireen Wüst and Sven Kramer, but definitely appreciating his races as well.

 

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First World Sprints success for Denny Morrison

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

 

Even though not all Canadian men will look back equally pleased on the World Sprint Championships in Hamar after (almost) falls took them out of the competition, Denny Morrison is more than satisfied after his debut at the World Sprints. He managed to place seventh overall after two solid 1000mís and winning a bronze medal in the second 1000m, and is now looking forward to the World All-round Championships that will take place from February 9th until 11th in Heerenveen.

 

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World Sprint Championships disappointment for Brock Miron

Friday, 26 January 2007

 

The World Sprint Championships in Hamar were a great success for some Canadian speed skaters like Cindy Klassen, who placed third overall after skipping the entire first half of the season, and Denny Morrison, who won a bronze medal in the second 1000m. However, not all Canadians will look back equally pleased. Mike Ireland injured his ankle in his first 500m and withdrew, and Brock Miron had to deal with some problems of his own when malfunctioning equipment caused him to completely lose his balance in his first 500m. How does Miron look back on the World Sprints?

 

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Danish speed skating on the rise with Grage and Sundberg

Thursday, 18 January 2007

 

Ever wondered what global warming has got to do with the results of Danish speed skaters? Or who the one speed skater in history was that was able to get a start of an international championship postponed because he was on the toilet? Talking to today’s two most important Danish speed skaters, Cathrine Grage and Oliver Sundberg, turned into an eye-opening experience when they shared their opinions on their successes and failures, on their background, and on each other...

 

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Denny Morrison: ups and downs of a Canadian speed skater

Friday, 5 January 2007

 

After several podium finishes at the World Cups, a silver Olympic medal in Turin, and a very impressive performance at the World All-round Championships last season, expectations for the fall World Cups were high for Denny Morrison. However, heavy pre-season training and malfunctioning equipment may have lead to slightly disappointing World Cup results so far in comparison to last year. But then again, after his convincing wins at the Canadian Single Distances Championships in December, the fall World Cups already seem to have taken place a long time ago. Denny Morrison reflects upon the first half of the season and looks forward to what is still to come.

 

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Young and ambitious: Canadian speedskaters looking forward to Vancouver 2010

Tuesday, 17 October 2006

 

Denny Morrison and Justin Warsylewicz. Two young Canadian speedskaters (1985). One had a great start of the speedskating season last year, but the Olympics were somewhat disappointing. The other one was junior world champion allround in 2004, but he also had to deal with a disappointment when he was diagnosed with a heart problem that same year. But both also Olympic silver medalists on the team pursuit in Turin. An introduction is in place.

 

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