A record World Cup for Canada with 12 medals

A record World Cup for Canada with 12 medals
Today's wins: Three gold, three silver and two bronze individual medals and silver in the women's relay

MONTREAL
– On the final day of the Samsung ISU World Cup #2 at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada won nine medals, and with the three won on Saturday, set a team record (12 medals) at a single World Cup. In addition, a first for a Canadian team was a podium sweep in both the men's and women's 500-metre finals. All eight Canadian skaters in the four individual finals, men's and women's 500 and 1,000 metres, earned medals.

In the women's 500-metre final, Jessica Gregg of Edmonton won her second medal of the season but improved on Saturday's silver colour in the first 500 metres to take gold today. Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que., was fourth in yesterday's 500 metres, but claimed today's silver medal, her first of the season. Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., earned her first World Cup career medal with the bronze. Gregg was first in a time of 44.373 seconds, followed by St. Gelais at 44.411 and Caroline Truchon finishing in 44.559 seconds. Tatiana Borodulina of Russia stumbled right off the start crossing the line in 48.852 seconds.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., won his third career World Cup gold medal, edging out his teammates at the finish line in a time of 41.376 seconds. Michael Gilday of Yellowknife won his second silver medal in as many World Cups this season, coming in second place in 41.675 seconds. Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., won his second career World Cup medal, taking third spot and a bronze medal in a time of 41.689 seconds. McFarlane had finished in fourth spot, but was interfered with by Byeong-Jun Kim of Korea.

Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., won her first career World Cup race taking the 1,000-metre final in a time of one minute and 30.865 seconds. Maltais beat out Elise Christie of Great Britain (1:31.237), who took the silver medal, and Ha-Ri Cho of Korea (1:31.354) with third place.

In the men's 1,000-metre final, Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., won his 19th career World Cup race and 52nd career medal. He won his third medal of the season with a second place finish in a time of 1:26.935, sandwiched between two Korean skaters. Yoon-Gy Kwak won gold in a time of 1:26.890 and teammate Jinkyu Noh took bronze in 1:26.937. American J.R. Celski was fourth in a time of 1:27.084.

Here is how Canada’s skaters fared today in their individual races:

Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que.: She ranked 10th overall in the 1,000 metres. She was third in her quarterfinal heat and did not advance.
Jessica Gregg of Edmonton: She won the gold medal in the second 500 metres, winning her quarterfinal and semifinal heats to reach the final.
Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C.: She ranked seventh overall in the second the 1,000 metres. She was second in her quarterfinal race and third in her semifinal heat. She finished third in the B final.
Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que.: She won the gold medal in the 1,000 metres. She won her quarterfinal race and was second in the semifinals to reach the final.
Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que.: She won the silver medal in the second 500 metres. She was first in her quarterfinal and semifinal heats.
Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que.: She won the bronze medal in the second 500 metres. She took first spot in her quarterfinal race and was second in the semifinals to reach the finals.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que.: He won the gold in the second 500 metres, winning both his quarterfinal and semifinal races to reach the finals.
Michael Gilday of Yellowknife: He won the silver medal in the second 500 metres, , winning both his quarterfinal and semifinal races to reach the finals.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: He won the silver medal in the 1,000 metres. He was second in both his quarterfinals and semifinals.
François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: He ranked 17th overall in the 1,000 metres. He received a penalty in the quarterfinals and eliminated.
Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que.: He ranked 23rd overall in the 1,000 metres. Skating through the repechage rounds, he won he first heat. He also won the repechage semifinals, but was eliminated because of a penalty.
Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta.: He won the bronze medal in the second 500 metres. He won his quarterfinal race and was second in the semifinals to reach the finals.

In the women's relay final, Canadians Gregg, Maltais, St. Gelais and Truchon won the silver medal behind China, who took gold. Japan earned the bronze medal, while Russia was fourth and Korea fifth. Drolet also earned a silver medal having skated in earlier rounds.

In the men's relay B final, Canada finished in first to take fifth place overall, ahead of Japan, Italy and France. Bastille, Gilday, Charles Hamelin and Jean skated today for Canada. In the main relay final, Korea, United Sates, China, Great Britain.

Canada was also represented this past World Cup amongst the ISU officials: Jacques Grégoire of Pointes-aux-Trembles, Que., served as assistant referee for video; Hans Terstappen of Calgary was a starter for men; and, Sandra Chenard of Ottawa was the competitors steward.

The circuit continues with the third World Cup in Nagoya, Japan from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, and fourth in Shanghai, China, the following weekend, Dec. 7-9.

After today's eight medals, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance for the 2012-13 season stands at $16,000 (3 gold, 9 silver; 4 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. The last two seasons, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.