Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Speedskater Nesbitt Says She Can Improve on Her Record 1,000 Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Speedskater Nesbitt Says She Can Improve on Her Record 1,000 Time

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Nesbitt says she can lower record again


CALGARY - One year ago, Canadian long-track speedskater Christine Nesbitt set the new standard in the women's 1,000-metres at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

She thinks she can go even faster, and Calgary's notoriously fast track might be the place to break the record again as the Essent ISU World Cup kicks off on Saturday.

Nesbitt set the world record here on Jan. 28, 2012, becoming the first woman to break one minute and 13 seconds when she blazed to a time of 1:12.68. That bettered the previous world record of 1:13.11 set by Winnipeg's Cindy Klassen in 2006 on the same ice.

While Nesbitt said she won't be focusing on setting another world record this weekend, she feels she is definitely capable of lowering the mark.

"Now that I've had time to train and adjust and reflect back on that race I definitely think there are technical things I can improve," she said.

"I don't know if I'm going to do it this weekend. I'm still really proud of that race. As I am using this weekend as a stepping-stone to world singles, I don't want to get caught up in that. Last year it was a huge goal of mine to make a new mark on the world record."

The 2010 Olympic 1,000 metre champion is also looking forward to get her first crack at the track that will be used at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia. Sochi hosts the world single distance championships March 21-24.

"It's one rehearsal for the Olympics and I want to have a good experience and feel confident and know that I can skate well on that ice," Nesbitt said. "No one has skated on it except for the Russians for their World Cup trials. I didn't look at the results but from what people have told me they were really slow times."

The women and men will skate 500 and 1,000 events both Saturday and Sunday in Calgary.

Nesbitt, who will also race the 500 this weekend, has one World Cup victory in the 1,000 this season, coming Dec. …

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