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Season of extremes for Wim De Deyne

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

 

Belgian short track speed skater Wim de Deyne looks back on a season of extremes. From a very serious crash at the first World Cup of the season in Salt Lake City to being crowned European Champion in the 1000m just a few months later, and from skating two (unrecognized) world records in Calgary to being sick at the World Championships in Vienna: De Deyne had his share of ups and downs this past season. With the Olympic Games in Vancouver taking place less than a year from now, De Deyne reflects on some of the highs and lows he experienced over the last couple of months.

 

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Canadian speed skaters support upcoming MS Bike Tour

Saturday, 30 May 2009

 

On June 13-14 several Canadian speed skaters will once again participate in the MS Bike Tour, a two-day 180-km trip from Airdrie to Olds and back, to help build more awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and to raise as much money as possible for MS research. They will do so as members of Team Tazza, consisting of speed skaters as well as other athletes. Captain of this team is 23-year-old speed skater Crystal Phillips, who was diagnosed with MS herself a few years ago and organized her first MS Bike Tour team in 2006.

 

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“I'm already excited to be at the Olympics again!”

Thursday, 26 March 2009

 

12-28 February 2010 the Olympic Oval in Richmond will be the epicenter of the long track speed skating world, when the Olympic long track speed skating events will take place in this small town close to Vancouver. The Canadian athletes have already been training there since last September, and even had their national championships over there in December, but the international top skaters had to wait until the World Single Distances Championships in March to be able to skate on the Olympic ice for the very first time. Among them was Enrico Fabris, who will be defending two Olympic titles next season.

 

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Trevor Marsicano confidently looking forward to last races of season

Thursday, 5 March 2009 

 

 

With only two international competitions left, Trevor Marsicano has every reason to look back satisfied on this season, which may be considered a break-through one for him. After continuously showing progress throughout the season, he raced to some excellent results at the last two World Cups, in Erfurt and Heerenveen, and the World All-round Championships in Hamar. Only 19 years old, he raced to a fifth place overall at what was his second World All-rounds. With the World Cup Finals about to begin, Marsicano reflects on his last couple of races and looks forward to the upcoming two weekends in Salt Lake City and Richmond.

 

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Good debut for Jamie Gregg at World Sprints in Moscow

 

Friday, 23 January 2009

 

Thanks to his good results at the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond last month, including a gold medal in the 500m, Jamie Gregg qualified for the World Sprint Championships that took place in Moscow last weekend. With renowned Canadian sprinters such as Jeremy Wotherspoon and Mike Ireland being absent because of injuries, Gregg was facing the tough challenge of “filling their skates” at what was his debut at World Sprints. Gregg reflects on the impact of the injuries of the before-mentioned skaters and looks back on last weekend’s races.

 

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“The ball has just started rolling...”

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

 

After numerous podium finishes at the World Cups last season, including two gold medals, and finishing the season as world champion and world record holder in the 1500m, expectations for the Fall World Cups were high for Denny Morrison. Not completely comfortable on new skates, however, Morrison gave a slower start to his season than might have been expected based on his previous results. At the first three World Cups of the season, in Berlin, Heerenveen and Changchun, he did not make the podium, but after some changes to his equipment, Morrison gradually managed better performances at the World Cup in Nagano and after that at the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond. Confident about his equipment now, Morrison reflects on his first half of the season and looks forward to the second half.

 

 

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Skate mania in Holland

Monday, 12 January 2009

 

After about two weeks of temperatures below zero, hundreds of thousands of Dutch people put on their skates last weekend. For the first time in about twelve years canals and lakes are frozen over, leading to a true skate mania. People trying to buy skates at the last moment were in for a tough surprise, since all skates in The Netherlands are sold out.

 

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Lucas Makowsky satisfied with first half of season

Friday, 26 December 2008

 

Lucas Makowsky looks back on a good start of this pre-Olympic season. Last season he skated most of his World Cup races in the B division, but since the start of this season he not only raced all of his 1500m’s and 5000m’s in the A division, but also managed his first top 10 finish in an individual World Cup distance, and on top of that he was part of the Canadian Team Pursuit team that won a gold medal at the World Cup in Berlin. With the Canadian Single Distances Championships about to begin, Makowsky reflects on his first World Cups of the season and looks forward to what is still to come. Read more

Good start of season for Jay Morrison

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

 

After skating at only two Winter World Cups last year, Jay Morrison can already look back on a better international season this year. A year ago he failed to qualify for the Fall portion of the World Cups, but this year he not only skated at the first three World Cups of the season, in Berlin, Heerenveen and Moscow, but he also managed to pick up a gold medal along the way. Back home in Canada, Morrison looks back on the first half of the season and looks forward to what is still in store.

 

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Tough start of season for Jeremy Wotherspoon

Thursday, 4 December 2008

 

After a very successful past season, all eyes were on Jeremy Wotherspoon at the start of this pre-Olympic season, but things did not turn out exactly the way they were expected. In his second 500m at the first World Cup of the season, Wotherspoon fell in such a way that he broke his left arm, and consequently he was forced to return home and face surgery instead of competing at the various Fall World Cups.

 

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Vincent Labrie likely to skate at Asian World Cups after injury

Saturday, 22 November 2008

 

Canadian speed skaters competed with various degrees of success at the first two World Cups of the season, in Berlin and Heerenveen. The Canadian middle distance women were very successful, but the sprint men encountered some serious setbacks due to several severe falls. Among these less fortunate skaters was Vincent Labrie, who got injured at the start of his second 500m in Heerenveen. Read more

 

Great comeback for Stefan Groothuis

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

 

After an injury that kept him off the ice for almost the entire past season, Stefan Groothuis made an impressive comeback at the first important competitions for him this season: the Dutch Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen and the World Cup in Berlin. At both competitions he finished first in the 1000m, confirming Groothuis is definitely back.

 

 

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Marcel Lacroix and Denny Morrison teaming up for another season – Part II

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

 

Within a week after claiming his first world title at the World Single Distances Championships in Nagano, Denny Morrison finished his season on an even higher note when he skated to a new world record in the 1500m at the ING Finale in Calgary. Exhausted after flying home from Japan he crushed the old world record and consequently will start out the new season as the reigning world champion and world record holder in the 1500m. With his coach Marcel Lacroix, Morrison looks back on that wicked week in March and looks forward to the upcoming pre-Olympic season.

 

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Marcel Lacroix and Denny Morrison teaming up for another season – Part I

Tuesday, 7 October 2008 

 

Long track speed skating coach Marcel Lacroix looks back on an extraordinary season. Several skaters on his team were very successful at the World Cups and Denny Morrison, also coached by Lacroix, managed to finish his season with a victory in the 1500m at the World Single Distances Championships in Nagano in March and on top of that he skated to a new world record in that same distance just a couple of days later at the ING Finale in Calgary. With the pre-Olympic season about to begin, Lacroix and Morrison reflect on the past season and look forward to the next, which will bring a change in the way the Canadian teams are organized, but will not break up Team Lacroix-Morrison.

 

 

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First season as a senior about to begin for Philippe Riopel

 

Thursday, 2 October 2008

 

Philippe Riopel (20) looks back on a good last year as a junior. At the end of the 2006-2007 season he was presented with the ‘Rising Star Award – Long Track’ by Speed Skating Canada after some great results at the World Junior Championships that year, and last season he proved to be worthy of that award. He won the 500m at the World Junior Championships, broke several junior Canadian records, and on top of that he skated at his first World Cup, in Hamar. All in all, it has been a busy season for Riopel, which has made him hungry for the one to come.

 

 

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Nicole Garrido excited about new Richmond Oval

Sunday, 28 September 2008

 

Last week the Canadian long track speed skating team gathered in Richmond, BC to train on the 2010 Olympic ice for the very first time. Among them was Nicole Garrido, who is getting ready for her first season as a senior. Garrido looks back on a very promising junior career and currently holds four Canadian junior records. In her own words, Garrido looks back on her last season as a junior and gives an eye-witness account of her first laps on the new Olympic Oval.

 

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Photo credits: Arno Hoogveld

Canadian long track team trains at Richmond Oval

Thursday, 25 September 2008

 

Last week the Canadian long track speed skating team was in Richmond, BC for a training camp. The Richmond Oval has not been completely finished yet, but thanks to the hard work of all the people involved, the Canadian team was already able to get an idea of what the Olympic Oval will be like in 2010. Among them were Lucas Makowsky, Philippe Riopel and Brittany Schussler, who were all impressed with what they saw.

 

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