Day 1 of World Cup in Montreal

Qualifications on Day 1 of the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup in Montreal

MONTREAL
– On the first day today of the Samsung ISU World Cup at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal, 11 of the 12 Canadian skaters moved on to quarterfinal or semifinal races on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s rounds included two 500-metre races, the 1,000 metres, the 1,500 and relay quarterfinals.

Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que., received clearance this morning to compete after successfully completing the five-step concussion protocol procedure. She took part in the two 500-metre preliminary and qualification rounds, winning all four races, to qualify for the quarterfinals on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s races will see the 1,500-metre race, the first of two 500-metre competitions and the men’s and women’s relay semifinals. On Sunday, there will be the 1,000-metre and second 500-metre races, as well as the relay finals.

CBC Sports will broadcast the World Cup on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET, on Sunday between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Monday from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. ET (tape delay repeat).

Here is how Canada’s skaters fared today in the preliminary and qualification rounds:

Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que.: She won her 1,500 qualification race to advance to Saturday's semifinals; She won her preliminary round race and was third in her qualifying heat for the 1,000 metres. She qualified for Sunday's quarterfinals with one of the fastest times.
Jessica Gregg of Edmonton: She was second in her preliminary and qualifying races to reach the first 500-metre quarterfinals on Saturday; She advanced through the second 500-metre preliminary round with one of the fastest third place finishes and then she won her qualifying race to head off to the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C.: She was third in her 1,500 qualification heat but advanced to Saturday's semifinals as one of the fastest third place finishers; She placed second in both her preliminary and qualification rounds races to move on to Sunday's 1,000-metre quarterfinals.
Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que.: She placed second in her 1,500 qualification race and advanced to the Saturday's semifinals; She won both her preliminary and qualification rounds races to move on to Sunday's 1,000-metre quarterfinals.
Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que.: She won all her four races, both preliminary and qualification rounds, today to qualify for both 500-metre quarterfinals on Saturday and Sunday.
Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que.: She won her preliminary race in the first 500 and was second in the qualifying round to reach Saturday's quarterfinals; She won both her preliminary and qualification rounds races to move on to Sunday's second 500-metre quarterfinals.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que.: He is eliminated from the 1,500 because he did not wear his timing chips in the preliminary round; He was third in his heat for the second 500 metres, but qualified for Sunday's quarterfinals with one of the fastest times.
Michael Gilday of Yellowknife: He placed in second place in the preliminary heat and won the qualifying race to move on to Saturday's 1,500 quarterfinals; He won both his preliminary and qualification rounds races to move on to Sunday's second 500-metre quarterfinals.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: He won his preliminary and qualifying round races for the first 500 metres to reach the quarterfinals on Saturday; He was first in his preliminary round and second in the qualifying round to move on to the 1,000-metre quarterfinals on Sunday.
François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: In the first 500 race, he won his preliminary heat but fell in the qualifying round. He will skate through the repechage on Saturday morning. He was first in his preliminary round and second in the qualifying round to move on to the 1,000-metre quarterfinals on Sunday.
Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que.: He fell in his preliminary race in the first 500 metres, and will have to earn one of the quarterfinal spots through Saturday morning's repechage. In the 1,000 metres, he won his preliminary heat but fell in the qualifying round. He will skate through Sunday's repechage to move on to quarterfinals.
Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta.: In the 1,500, he was advanced to the qualification round from the preliminaries, but fell in that race. He will compete for a semifinal spot through Saturday morning's repechage; He won both his preliminary and qualification rounds races to move on to Sunday's second 500-metre quarterfinals.

Both men’s and women’s relay teams qualified for the semifinals on Saturday. The women's team, featuring Drolet, Gregg, Maltais and Truchon, took second place behind China in their heat. The men finished first and lined-up with Gilday, Charles Hamelin, Jean and McFarlane.

The circuit continues 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 one World Cup, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance for the 2012-13 season stands at $5,000 (4 silver; 1 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.