Canadian speedskater plays Sochi waiting game

Despite winning the 10,000-metre race at the Canadian Olympic speedskating trials Friday, Jordan...

Despite winning the 10,000-metre race at the Canadian Olympic speedskating trials Friday, Jordan Belchos will have to wait to find out if he's heading to Sochi. GRIGORY BUKOR/REUTERS

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

While Canadian speedskaters have been taking turns celebrating their newly-secured Olympic spots over the past week, Jordan Belchos continues to sit in limbo.

Heading into Friday evening’s 10,000-metre event in the Canadian Olympic speedskating trials at the Calgary Olympic Oval, the 24-year-old speedskater knew exactly where he stood.

The fact he won the race in a time of 13:24.96 — approximately 29 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples — didn’t matter.

With Canada only holding eight Olympic spots for Sochi, Russia, on the men’s side, Belchos is currently on the outside looking in … with a catch.

“Basically, the only way for me to now get in and for Canada to have 10 quota spots would be for one of the other countries to turn down the spot in the 10k,” said Belchos, who expects to find out in mid-January if he needs to pack his bags for Russia.


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