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Ice ready for action

UToday HomeJuly 5, 2012

Long track speed skater Kate Hanly is interviewed before hitting the ice for the first skate of the season at the Olympic Oval. Photo by Arno HoogveldLong track speed skater Kate Hanly is interviewed before hitting the ice for the first skate of the season at the Olympic Oval. Photo by Arno HoogveldSpeed skaters and hockey players took to the ice as the Olympic Oval kicked off its 25th anniversary season on July 3.

Long track skater Kate Hanly and short track athlete Jesse Slusar accompanied Dinos women’s hockey players Elana Lovell and Brie Harris took part in an intimate ceremony to mark the occasion.

The season promises to be an exciting one, with the venue celebrating its 25th year and the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. A number of events are planned to commemorate these important milestones.

One of the highlights will be the Olympic Oval 2012 Gala hosted by Catriona Le May Doan and presented by Morrison Homes & United Communities in support of the Oval Athlete Bursary Fund and high performance programs. The Sept. 27 event celebrates 25 years of excellence with special guest athletes, premier chefs and market-style world class cuisine.

Along with the silver anniversary events, the Oval is primed to host three high profile international speed skating competitions – the Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track (Oct. 19-21), the Essent ISU World Cup Long Track (Jan. 19-20) and the Oval Finale (March 6-11).

In this pre-Olympic year, Oval athletes vying for a spot in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Games are focused on making this their best season. The Olympic Oval is the training ground for speed skating, luge, bobsleigh and other Olympic winter sports. Along with high-performance training, the facility continues to offer public skating and public running hours for the campus and Calgary community.

For information throughout the 2012/13 season, visit www.oval.ucalgary.ca.