Irish Short Track Team Raring To Go At Montreal World Cup

The  ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series gets under way this weekend (20-22 October) in Montreal, Canada with Ryan McAnuff and Liam O’Brien representing Team Ireland at the event.McAnuff returns to the World Cup circuit for the first time since 2021. Along with younger brother Sean, he was the first Irish skater to compete at a World Cup event back in 2016. This will be his eighth time suiting up for Ireland at a World Cup. He is the current Irish 1500m record holder.

“I’m looking forward to kicking the season in a familiar place with World Cup 1 in Montreal,” McAnuff said. “I’m expecting some great racing from everyone and I hope to enjoy myself as well!”This is the third consecutive season that O’Brien will compete on the World Cup series. Last season he set an Irish 1000m record in Almaty, Kazakhstan when the World Cup was held there and is excited to get back to racing for the first time in seven months.

“I’ve worked hard on developing my skating and strength over the off season and I’m excited to race to see where I am at now,” O’Brien said. “Ice training has been going smoothly and it should be a strong weekend of racing amongst all skaters”Each World Cup features races over the 500m, 1000m and 1500m distances with Day 1 solely assigned for qualification rounds. Day 2 and Day 3 combine subsequent qualification rounds and World Cup sessions. This weekend’s World Cup is the first of two back-to-back held in Montreal. Further World Cups will take place in China, Republic of Korea, Germany and Poland later this season. In Ireland, the action can be viewed live on the Skating ISU YouTube channel and followed on social media via the #ShortTrackSkating hashtag.