Canadian short track teams named

Canadian short track teams named for World Championships and last two World Cups

MONTREAL
– Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the teams for the World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, from March 8 to 10, and the final two World Cups of the season in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 1 to 3, and Dresden, Germany, from Feb. 8 to 10.

SSC’s short track high performance committee determined the composition of the teams from rankings from this past weekend’s Canadian Open Championships and last September’s fall World Cup selections. The rankings used 80 per cent of the points earned from the championships and 20 per cent from the selections. The committee also considered requests for injury byes.

There will be media availability on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Maurice-Richard Arena. The women will be available following their 8:40 a.m. on-ice training session and the men after theirs at 10:45 a.m. The team leaves on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the World Cup in Sochi.

At the world championships, three athletes each skate the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-metre distances. A super final takes place in the 3,000 metres, featuring the top eight skaters in the overall ranking. The four-skater relay team is chosen from the five. The men’s and women’s team are as follows:
Women: Marianne St. Gelais, of St. Félicien, Que., Marie-Ève Drolet, of Laterrière, Que., Jessica Hewitt, of Kamloops, B.C., Valérie Maltais (1), of La Baie, Que., and Gabrielle Waddell, of Red Deer, Alta. Alternate: Caroline Truchon, of Chicoutimi, Que.
(1) Maltais is the discretionary selection for third skater to compete in individual distances.
Men: Charles Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., Michael Gilday, of Yellowknife, Charle Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., Olivier Jean (2), Lachenaie, Que., Guillaume Bastille, of Rivière-du-Loup, Que. Alternate: François Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que.
(2) Jean is the discretionary selection for third skater to compete in individual distances.

The women’s team selections for World Cups 5 and 6 are St. Gelais, Drolet, Maltais, Hewitt, Truchon and Gabrielle Waddell, of Red Deer, Alta. Jessica Gregg, of Edmonton, will serve as alternate. Maltais’ selection will be confirmed upon a satisfactory performance and medical evaluation by Jan. 24.

The men’s team for the fifth World Cup in Sochi include Hamelin, Gilday, Charle Cournoyer, Jean, Bastille and Vincent Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que. Patrick Duffy, of Oakville, Ont., is the alternate.

For the final World Cup in Germany, the team will feature Gilday, Charle Cournoyer, Jean, Bastille, François Hamelin, and replacing Charles Hamelin, is Liam McFarlane, of Medicine Hat, Alta. Both François Hamelin and McFarlane will be confirmed upon a satisfactory performance and medical evaluation by Jan. 31. Vincent Cournoyer will serve as alternate if required.

Charles Hamelin will return home after the World Cup in Sochi to prepare to the world championships.