Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Medal Contenders Lead Canadian Speedskating Team into World Cup Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Medal Contenders Lead Canadian Speedskating Team into World Cup Season

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Morrison makes World Cup speedskating team

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CALGARY - Denny Morrison, Ted-Jan Bloemen, Ivanie Blondin and Vincent de Haitre headline the Canadian long-track speedskating team competing in the first World Cup races of the season.

The team was chosen following trials at the Olympic Oval in Calgary last week.

The first four World Cups of 2016-17 include a Dec. 1-3 stop in Calgary at the Oval.

Morrison, from Fort St. Jean, B.C., is a four-time Olympic medallist making a comeback from a motorcycle crash followed by a stroke. Calgary's Bloemen is the world-record holder in the men's 10,000 metres.

Ottawa's Blondin won a world championship in the mass start in 2016, as well as bronze in the 5,000 metres at this year's world single-distance championship.

De Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., took silver in the 1,000 metres at the world single-distance championship. …

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