Calgary, March 21, 2017 – Graeme Fish from Moose Jaw, SK, and Béatrice Lamarche from Quebec City, QC, ended their 2016-2017 season by clocking new Canadian Junior records at the last long track national competition of the season, Canada Cup #4/Olympic Oval Finale, held March 16-19, in Calgary.
Béatrice Lamarche lowered two new national marks after she broke the 1000m and 1500m Canadian Junior records.
The 18-year old skater and bronze medalist in the 1000m and Mass Start at the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships, held January 17-19 in Helsinki, Finland, first lowered the national record in the 1000m Saturday, March 18, with a time of 1:16.05. The previous mark of 1:16.16 was owned by Olympic medalist Shannon Rempel since 2003.
Then, the next day, Lamarche broke a second Canadian Junior record, this time in the 1500m. Lamarche skated the distance in a time of 1:58.13, three hundredth of a second faster of the previous mark held by Olympian Kali Christ since March 2011.
“I’m really happy, said Béatrice Lamarche. I was hoping to break the 1500m record, but it was a little bit harder for the 1000m record. In the 1000m, I did my fastest ever first lap and in the 1500m, I started way faster than usual and it worked well. I had great races all weekend and I’m proud of myself.”
Her teammate at the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships, Graeme Fish, lowered his 10,000m National Junior record Saturday, March 18.
After he broke this record previously owned by Jordan Belchos since 2007 last January, Fish lowered his own record of 13:35,23, now at 13:28,63.
“My goal for the race was to try and go under 13 minutes and 30 seconds and I guess it just worked out for me”, said Graeme Fish, 5000m and Mass Start bronze medalist at the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships.
“I believe that going to the World Junior Championships give me some confidence, he added. It showed me that I could perform under pressure and still do well. It was a great experience for me and it was motivating to see where I ranked among the future skaters that will represent their own countries in the years to come.”
Canadian skaters broke a total of five Canadian junior or senior records in the past season.
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