January 17, 2022
Photo credit: Dave Holland/Canadian Sport Institute Calgary
White City’s Marsha Hudey and Moose Jaw’s Graeme Fish will be part of the Canadian long track speed skating team competing at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
The roster, which features eight male and female skaters as well as five non-travelling alternates was announced on Monday, Jan. 17. The team will also include Saskatoon’s Todd McClements as a member of the Canadian coaching staff and Saskatoon’s Mark Jesney as a physiotherapist.
This will be the third Olympics for Hudey, who will be racing in the women’s 500-metre event. She previously competed in the same event at the 2014 and 2018 Olympics, finishing 31st and 10th, respectively.
Meanwhile, Fish will be making his Olympic debut in the men’s 10,000-m race. In February 2020, Fish set a new world record in the 10,000-m, which has since been broken.
Saskatoon Olympic speed skating gold medallist and Candian Chef de Mission for the 2022 Olympics, Catriona Le May Doan, congratulated the athletes on making the team, saying in the release:
“I remember being nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team, and it is my honour as Chef de Mission to welcome these members of the long track speed skating team to Team Canada. The long history of success at the Olympic Winter Games is in great hands with these athletes. The performances over the last few years have this team contending for a podium every time they step on the ice. I am very proud of their resilience to get here and can’t wait to cheer them on in Beijing.”
Read the full release on speedskating.ca.