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Day 1- Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials- 500-Meters & 1500-Meters

Vancouver is playing host to the 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team trials. The multi-day competition openned on August 9th and runs until the 18th.

You’ll can find many videos in captsteveheart video archive. Here are videos from the 500-meter and 1500-meter men’s & women’s A-finals-

Canada’s top short track speed skaters are in Vancouver for the next two weeks, hoping to get the chance to represent their country at next year’s Olympic Winter Games. The Bell Short Track Team Selection event will run from August 9th to the 18th at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, the same venue that will be home to the events of the 2010 Olympic Games next February.

This will likely be the toughest competition of the year for Canada’s short track skaters, as the country can only send 10 representatives – 5 men and 5 women – at the Olympic Games, but many more athletes from the National and Development teams have proven over the last seasons that they are worthy to compete against the best in the world.

De la joie, des pleurs, des blessures, des dépassements serrés, des coups fourrés: les patineurs de vitesse sur courte piste canadiens s’apprêtent à vivre une compétition pas comme les autres, les sélections pour les Jeux olympiques de Vancouver.

Men Overall Rankings after day 1

1- Olivier Jean
2- Francois Hamelin
3- Michael Gilday
4- Guillaume Bastille
5 – Remi Beaulieu

Women Overall Rankings after day 1
1- Tania Vicent
2- Kalyna Roberge
3- Amanda Overland
4- Valeria Maltais
5- Marianne St-Gelais

One more practice to feel confident. The 2010 Canadian Olympic Team Trials start tomorrow afternoon. I am ready. I know that I can be confident that I have put all the necessary work, focus and sacrifice in. I think that I am lucky because I am able to say that no matter what happens at trials, I have no regrets with my preparation and training leading up to these trials. I have made sure to try new things in order to improve and have made the necessary adjustments to get the most out of each day. Nothing left to do but execute, let my body do what I have trained it to do and have FUN.

For day 1 results, check out Patinage De Vitesse Courte Piste

Some of the skaters are maintaining their blogs-

I don’t think a lot of people expected me to make both A finals today – 1500 m and 500 m. I unfortunately “crapped the bed” in the 1500 m final coming in 6th, but needless to say that’s actually pretty darn good considering I was ranked 16 out of 16 going into the distance… Michael Gilday however, my Calgarian teammate, won the race! Congratulations to him!

Here are some reports & articles-

Canada’s best short track speed skaters did not hold back on anything on the first day of the Bell Short Track Team Selection, the event that will determine which ones will get to skate at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Races were full of actions and athletes fought to the end, hoping to get precious points in the 1500m and 500m.

How do you look forward to next season and to the Olympics in particular?
“Of course I want individual medals, but right now the focus is on training really hard and skating fast!”

What is the one thing/most memorable moment that sticks out for you when you think of the Olympics?
“When I received my silver medal for the relay in Torino, because it’s such a big thing! For an athlete to be able to win an Olympic medal, it’s such a big accomplishment!”

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European Roller Speed Skating Championships Wrapped Up

The European Roller Speed Skating Championships concluded on Saturday with the marathon races.

Now that the competition is over, you can use the links below to piece together and get a glimpse into what happened-

First of all, here are compilations of links that I shared-

And here are links for you;

Resources

Results

Pictures

Reports

Videos

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de, by Uwe Ziedler

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de, by Uwe Ziedler

Pictures- More Sommer-Is Hamar 2009

More pictures have been added in the Sommer-is Hamar 2009 photo album.

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Photo by Kirsti Biseth

Early August Long Track Speed Skating Results

You can find the latest long track speed skating results on SpeedskatingResults.com

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Summer Ice For Pascal Briand

this evenin was my 1st test race of the year…summer ice…it is strane feelin to skate on ice in august but it is super nice.

Read more here; 1st test in thialf.

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ISU Communications- World Cup, Junior World Cup, & International Speed Skating Competitions

The most recent ISU Communications include a whole bunch of long track speed skating competition dates-

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Claudia Pechstein Fighting To Clear Her Name

Claudia Pechstein is continuing her fight to clear her name after the ISU Disciplinary Commission ‘found Ms. Claudia Pechstein of Germany guilty of violation of rule 2.2 of the ISU Anti-Doping Rules “Use or Attempted Use by a Skater of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method”’.

Read more using the following sources-

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Photo from DESGphoto