Giroux 22nd in men’s 5000m at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 8, 2014 – Mathieu Giroux placed 22nd in the men’s 5000m Saturday on the opening day of long track speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., skater finished in six minutes, 35.77 seconds. He will also skate the 1500m and men’s Team Pursuit events in Sochi.

"Today was a good race for me, to work the bugs out and get a feel for racing at the Games. The 5000m isn't my distance so now I can shift my focus to speed with the 1500m and the Team Pursuit," said Giroux.

The Netherlands swept the podium with Sven Kramer setting an Olympic record in 6:10.75. Jan Blokhusjsen won the silver and Jorrit Bergsma the bronze.

Next in action for Canada is Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa in the women’s 3000m Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Four Canadian men will skate the 500m on Monday with an 8 a.m. Eastern start time. They are: William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.; Jamie Gregg, Edmonton; Gilmore Junio, Calgary; Muncef Ouardi, Quebec.

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