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How to compete like a short track speed skater

By Anneke Pederson, September 6 2016 — Competition season is the time when an athlete’s training is put to the test. Strategies are honed as each athlete battles their way to the top over the course of seven months. This year at the Olympic Oval, the top speed skaters in Canada will be competing at…

Balancing life as a competitive short track speed skater

By Anneke Pederson, July 26 2016 — On the far side of campus, through the hallways of the Kinesiology complex and beyond the Outdoor Centre, lies one of the University of Calgary’s most decorated athletics facilities. Here stands the Calgary Olympic Oval, a building that has housed many of Canada’s top Olympic athletes. Catriona Le…

Oval hosts final event of speed skating season

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, March 22 2016 — The Olympic Oval hosted its inaugural international speed skating competition, the Oval Finale, on March 17–20. Skaters from Japan, Norway, Canada and the United States competed in long track speed skating events at the Oval’s final event of the year. Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison competed at the…

Walking away from high-performance sport

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, February 23 2016 — The day I knew I was ready to move on from long track speed skating stands out more to me than my best races. I remember skating alone in circles, wrestling with a year-long depression I couldn’t shake. I remember stepping off the ice and knowing I was…

Oval hosts speed skating competition

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, October 20 2015 — The University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval hosted a short track speed skating event on Oct. 16–18. The first portion of the Western Elite Circuit short track competition kicked off with the annual ‘Oktoberfest’ event. The competition featured both local speed skaters — including those on the Canadian National…

Local Olympic champion announces retirement

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, June 11 2015 — There’s a tradition in the Olympic Oval. When one of their skaters announces their official retirement, a photograph of them is pinned up in the north corner of the 400-metre ice surface. Great Canadian athletes have assembled here over the years. The likes of Susan Auch, Jeremy Wotherspoon and…

2015 world all round speed skating championships

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, March 12 2015 — The ice was fast and the athletes were at their best in a world class speed skating event held on campus last weekend. The 2015 world all round speed skating championships took place at the Calgary Olympic Oval, which played host to the 48-top international male and female…

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