After five days of trial races, Canada’s long track speed skating contingent is now official.
Several solid World Cup performances this season makes Canada a multiple-medal threat in almost every distance.
There may be no better story in South Korea this year than four time Olympian Denny Morrison making his comeback after a serious motorcycle accident and stroke threatened to end the B.C skater’s career. Morrison’s wife Josie also made the team, qualifying for the Woman’s 1500m and Team Pursuit.
Maybe Canada’s best chance at gold is Ted-Jan Bloeman, the current world record holder in both the 5000m and 10 000m events. Bloeman was born in the Netherlands but received Canadian citizenship in 2014 and has been racking up medals ever since. 1 gold and 3 silver medals on the individual World Cup circuit plus a gold in the Team Pursuit sets Bloeman up well for the Olympics. Bloeman also performed well at the Canadian Trials but knows he can improve.
“Half the job was already done, I only had to qualify for the 5 KM and it wasn’t my best race so it was a little bit stressful,” said Boleman “but in the end, it was good enough. I’m happy about that. I actually had a really good 1500m and a really good 10 KM so it was a good confidence boost.”
Long track speed skating gets underway on February 10th in Pyongyang with races being held on 12 of 18 days.