Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Provisional Olympic Team in the Netherlands for the second ISU World Cup of the season

Dordrecht, Netherlands, October 3, 207 – Following four medals in Budapest last weekend, the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Provisional Olympic Team is in Dordrecht, Netherlands, this weekend for the second ISU World Cup of the season which will be held Thursday to Sunday, October 5-8.

Canada will be represented by Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC), Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC), Jamie Macdonald (Fort St. James, B.C.), Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, QC) and Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC) will skate on the women's side, while Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC), Pascal Dion (Montreal, QC), Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC), Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) and François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) will do so on the men's side. Audrey Phaneuf (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) and Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, QC) are also travelling with the team.

Qualification for the final rounds of the 1500m and 500m distances slated for the Saturday will be held Thursday, while Friday will be dedicated to qualifying in the 1000m and relay races, with the final rounds in these events set for the Sunday. Unlike the format for non-Olympic seasons, each event will be held only once per weekend.

Skaters for each individual event
As in Budapest last weekend, Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin and Charle Cournoyer will represent Canada in each of the three individual events in Dordrecht.

On the women's side, Kim Boutin will also take part in all three events, while Valérie Maltais (1000m and 1500m) as well as Jamie Macdonald (500m and 1500m) will skate in two distances each, as will Marianne St-Gelais who, in addition to the 500m, will compete in an additional event this weekend -- the 1000m.

Boutin will aim to continue where she left in Budapest where she won two silver medals in individual events, as well as the silver in the women’s relay.

“My plan will stay the same in Dordrecht, said Boutin. I need to continue to keep a routine of preparation as I had at the Olympic Selections as well as at my first World Cup last week. This weekend, I will take part in the three individual distances so it will be a great challenge to see how I will manage my energy. The 500m is a distance that I didn’t skate often on the international field, so I will have a chance to see what I’ll need to work on until the Olympic Games. To focus on results never brought me good results, so I need to continue to have a learning focus and to see the second World Cup as another challenge which will bring me an additional learning toward PyeongChang.”

Over the four World Cups scheduled this season, a maximum of three skaters per gender, who can differ, will be allowed to take part in each of the individual races. During these events, athletes will collect points in each of the individual distances while countries will earn points in the relays. At the end of the four World Cups, the top three performances out of four for each skater will be tallied and will count for the special standings which are dedicated to Olympic qualifying, and will therefore determine how the available spots for the PyeongChang Games will be attributed.

Aside from the individual distances, the primary goal will be to qualify for the relays by finishing among the top seven, excluding host country South Korea. Qualifying would mean that Canada could send over a full team, i.e. five skaters per gender. If not, a maximum of three non-qualified skaters per gender will be allowed to go at the Olympic Games.

Members of the Canadian team for the ISU World Cup Short Track #2 in Dordrecht, Netherlands:

WOMEN
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC) - 500m, 1000m, 1500m
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)
-MACDONALD, Jamie (Fort St. James, BC) - 500m, 1500m
-MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC) - 1000m, 1500m
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC) - 500m, 1000m

MEN
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC) - 500m, 1000m, 1500m
-DION, Pascal (Montréal, QC)
-DUBOIS, Steven (Lachenaie, QC)
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) - 500m, 1000m, 1500m
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC) - 500m, 1000m, 1500m
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC)
 
More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey. www.speedskating.ca

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, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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