Goulet-Nadon & Monette bounce back with 500-metre wins at short track speed skating trials

After disappointing performances on Friday, World Cup champions Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., won the 500-metre races Saturday at the national team trials in short track speed skating.

In the women’s 500, Goulet-Nadon bounced back from her fifth place finish in Friday’s 1,500 with the victory in 45.86 seconds. Tania Vicent of Montreal was second in 46.00 and Mélanie Gagnon of Montreal third in 46.01.

“There’s no better remedy for the confidence than a win,’’ said Goulet-Nadon, 20, who collected four individual medals at the season’s first two World Cup events last month. “I’m in the midst of some big training and the races are hard. My legs feel very heavy right now. But I know this will pay off in March for the world championships.’’

In the overall standings after two of four distances, Vicent, the 1,500 winner Friday, leads at 1,816 points with Goulet-Nadon second at 1,443 and Raphaele Lemieux of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., third at 946

In the men’s 500, Monette returned to his old pair of skates and clocked 42.62 for the win. Daryl Rasmussen of Prince George, B.C., was second in 42.63 and Steve Robillard of Montreal third in 42.77.

“I got my act in gear again,’’ said Monette, who returned to the blades that propelled him to a world record in the 500 at the World Cup opener in Calgary last month after Friday’s eight place finish in the 1,500. “It’s never easy for us because there is so much depth in Canada. The young guys are pushing the national team veterans very hard this weekend. We have to stay sharp.’’

In the overall standings, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, the 1,500 winner Friday, still leads with 1,443 points followed by Monette at 1,241 and Robillard third at 1,209.

These are the first of two trials to determine the Canadian team for the world championships in March.

Competition ends Sunday.