A nearly perfect first day of qualification for Canada at the ISU World Cup Short Track stage in the Netherlands

Dordrecht, Netherlands, October 5, 2017 – Canada's short track speed skating team qualified 11 spots out of a possible 12 for the final rounds of the 500m and 1500m events on the first day of qualifying at the ISU World Cup stage held until Sunday in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Kim Boutin (500m, 1500m) from Sherbrooke, QC, Jamie Macdonald (500m, 1500m) from Fort St. James, B.C., Valérie Maltais (1500m) from Saguenay, QC, and Marianne St-Gelais (500m) on the women's side, as well as Charle Cournoyer (1500m) from Boucherville, QC, Samuel Girard (500m, 1500m) from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, and Charles Hamelin (500m, 1500m) from Sainte-Julie, QC, on the men's team, will all be skating in Saturday's final rounds in their respective events.
 
Charle Cournoyer was therefore eliminated from the 500m after settling for fourth place in the heats.

Jamie Macdonald had a particularly good day on Thursday as she won all of her races, including the one she skated in the 500m elimination round, finishing ahead of Great Britain's Elise Christie, the reigning world champion.

“I had the number one position on the starting line and I had a good start, so that allowed me to come out first and I led the whole race,” said Macdonald. “I was watching Elise (Christie), I knew she was right behind me and I thought she might set something up, but I think I did a good job of varying my speed and by throwing in two crossovers, she wasn't able to. It was a good race.”
 
Qualifying rounds in the 1000m and relay events are slated for Friday.

In the final of the women's relay that took place last Sunday in Hungary, during which Canada won the silver medal, Jamie Macdonald was asked to finish the race. That's a role she likes, she said.
 
“I'm really happy to be part of the team,” she said. “I haven't done that many relays over the last few years, but I definitively feel confident being the finisher, especially when I skate with these girls. Among other things, that allows me to get a really good and strong push from Marianne (St-Gelais). Last week, that gave me a lot of confidence going in the last two laps, I had no doubt I was going to have a strong finish.”

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

500m W
Kim Boutin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Marianne St-Gelais: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Jamie Macdonald: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday

500m M
Samuel Girard: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Charles Hamelin: 3rd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Charle Cournoyer: 4th in the heats and eliminated

1500m W
Kim Boutin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Jamie Macdonald: 1st in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Valérie Maltais: 1st in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday

1500m M
Samuel Girard: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Charles Hamelin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Charle Cournoyer: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday

About Speed Skating Canada
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Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Conseil du sport de haut niveau de Québec

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