Speed Skating

Tuesday Sep. 24, 2013 13:12

Speed skating: Athletes to watch

A photographic look at the top Canadian and international long track speed skaters for the 2013-14 World Cup season and upcoming Sochi Olympics.

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    Ottawa native Ivanie Blondin was part of three World Cup podiums for Canada in 2012-13 in women's team pursuit and is coming into her own in individual events. (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)

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    Winnipeg's Tyler Williamson-Derraugh is knocking at the door of the best in the world, twice finishing fourth in the 1,000 metres during the 2012-13 World Cup season. ( Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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    Jamie Gregg of Edmonton is a five-time World Cup medallist and finished just off the podium at 500 metres at the 2013 World Sprint Championships. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

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    Gilmore Junio of Calgary took another step in his development in 2012-13, winning his first World Cup medal, a silver, in the 500 metres at the Nagano stop. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands is only 27, but the 5,000 metre specialist has already amassed four Olympics medals dating back to the 2006 Winter Games. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix/AP)

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    Sang-Hwa Lee of Korea has been one of the most dominant speed skaters in recent times, and she set a world record at 500 metres on the Calgary Oval in January 2013. (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)

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    Lucas Makowsky of Regina was part of Canada's gold medal team pursuit race at the Vancouver Olymics, and he won bronze in the 1,500 at the 2011 world championships. (Yurk Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., is a two-time World Cup champion at 1,500 metres who's helped Canada to gold and silver in the last two Olympic men's team pursuit competitions. (Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

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    Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., has been the world's best at 1,000 and 1,500 metres since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where she won an individual gold medal to go with silver in team pursuit from the Turin Games. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Heather Richardson of the United States unseated Canadian Christine Nesbitt as the World Cup champion at 1,000 metres for the 2012-13 season. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)


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    Martina Sablikova of Czech Republic won two gold and a bronze at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and was the World Cup women's distance champion last season. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)


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    Winnipeg native Brittany Schussler has been a key part of Canada's women's pursuit team for several years, helping set a world record in 2011. She finished 15th in the 2012-13 World Cup standing at 1,000 metres. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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    Dutchman Jan Smeekens is one of the fastest sprinters in the sport, a world record holder at 300 metres and the 2012-13 World Cup champion at 500 metres. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)

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