According to Speed Skating Canada Media and Communications Services (long track) Co-ordinator Jeff MacKinnon in an email on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Lucas Makowsky will be visiting the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club on Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. Makowsky will be meeting the young, aspiring speed skaters at the Clarence Downey Oval in Saskatoon.
Makowsky won a gold medal in the men's team pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with Denny Morrison of Chetwynd, B.C., and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal, Que. The Canadian trio posted a time of 3:41.37 to beat the American trio of Brian Hansen, Chad Hedrick and Jonathan Kuck by 0.21 seconds.
The Canadian victory in the men's team pursuit was a significant surprise at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. It was the Canadian women who were the gold medal favourites in the team pursuit, but they were shocked in the quarterfinals by the United States.
Makowsky will be joined in Saskatoon by Canadian women's speed skater Kali Christ. Makowsky and Christ, who are both from Regina, Sask., competed for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Makowsky finished fourth in the men's team pursuit with (Morrison and Giroux) and 28th in the men's 1500m.
Christ was fifth in the women's team pursuit (with Olympic gold medalist Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg), 16th in the women's 1500m and 21st in the women's 1000m. She is considered one of Canada's rising female speed skaters. However, based on her results to date she has a lot of work to do to be in the same conversation as Canadian speed skating legends Susan Auch, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt and Kristina Groves.
The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval first opened in 1971. According to the Saskatoon City News, the oval was built for the 1971 Canada Winter Games. The oval is located at 1405 Dudley Street.