According to Speed Skating Canada in a press release on Saturday, Christine Nesbitt of London, Ontario won the women's 500m at the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team Selections event at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. The competition is used to help Speed Skating Canada select the 2014 Canadian Olympic speed skating team.
However, even though Nesbitt posted times of 38.24 and 38.21 seconds, she was still 0.62 seconds slower than her personal best time she set for the distance in January of 2012 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nesbitt was expected to head into the season as a strong medal contender in the women's 1000m and 1500m. But the fall portion of the World Cup season was a complete struggle, and Nesbitt was unconventionally slow at the World Cup stops in Calgary and Salt Lake. Instead of traveling with the Canadian team for World Cup events in Kazakhstan and Germany, she elected to stay behind to train.
The real test for Nesbitt will come Monday night in the women's 1000m. Nesbitt is the defending Olympic champion in the distance. However she skated over a full two seconds slower at the Calgary World Cup in November compared to her personal best.