Canada qualifies 10 spots out of 12 for Saturday's final rounds at the ISU Short Track World Cup in Hungary

Budapest, September 28, 2017 – Canada's short track speed skating team qualified 10 spots out of a total of 12 for the final rounds of the 500m and 1500m events during the first day of qualifying at the ISU World Cup slated to take place until Sunday in Budapest, Hungary.
 
Charle Cournoyer (500m) 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 side, as well as Kim Boutin (1500m) from Sherbrooke, QC, Jamie Macdonald (500m, 1500m) from Fort St. James, B.C., and Valérie Maltais (1500m) from Saguenay, QC, on the women's side, all qualified for the final rounds of their respective events, scheduled to take place on Saturday. Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, did the same in the 500m.
 
St-Gelais, who is skating only in the 500m distance this weekend in order to optimize her preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games, after she had a slower start to the season than expected, won both her races on Thursday, in the preliminary round and then in the qualification heat, to earn a spot in Saturday's quarterfinals.
 
“I'm happy with how my day went. It had been a while since I raced and it felt good to get back into it. I felt good overall while the legs, the morale and the athlete were all there as well. It bodes very well for what's coming up over the next few days,” said Marianne St-Gelais.
 
Charle Cournoyer and Kasandra Bradette were unable to earn a spot in the 500m quarterfinals, as they respectively finished third and fourth in the qualification round. Cournoyer and Bradette were therefore eliminated from the 500m event as there are no repechage heats this season, which leads to an Olympic year.
 
In an eventful race, Cournoyer found himself stuck behind the pack due to some contact between skaters ahead of him, while Bradette fell with less than two laps to go after her boot was damaged due to contact with a blade.

On Friday, the qualification heats for the 1000m and relay events are scheduled.

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

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

500m W
Marianne St-Gelais: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Jamie Macdonald: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Kasandra Bradette: 4th in the heats and eliminated

500m M
Samuel Girard: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Charles Hamelin: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Saturday
Charle Cournoyer: 3rd in the heats and eliminated

1500m W
Kim Boutin: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Jamie Macdonald: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
Valérie Maltais: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the semifinals Saturday

1500m M
Samuel Girard: 1st 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: 3rd 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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