Jamie Gregg wins second 500m bronze in photo finish at ISU Essent World Cup in Calgary

Jamie Gregg wins second 500m bronze in photo finish at ISU Essent World Cup in Calgary

Women’s team pursuit challenges for spot on podium

Calgary, Nov. 10, 2013 – Jamie Gregg went from the agony of defeat to the thrill that comes with winning a medal, in a few short moments Sunday at the ISU Essent World Cup Speed Skating at the Olympic Oval. The Edmonton, Alta., skater left the ice believing he had missed out on a bronze medal in the 500m by a thousandth of a second, only to discover when official results were released during his cool-down that he had tied for third with Tae-Bum Mo of Korea with a skate of 34.529 seconds.

“The timing on the board is from the electronic laser and the real time is from the photo finish,” Gregg explained. “I don’t know exactly how it works but sometimes you get a hundredth (of a second) added and sometimes you get a hundredth taken away.” Gregg then added — to the laughter of reporters — “Don’t ask me, ask the guys upstairs.”

Either way, Gregg scooped up his second 500m medal of the week and moves on to the next World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 15-17, feeling very positive. World Cup events feature two 500m races for both the women and men with medals awarded for each race. By contrast, at World championships and the Olympic Games, times for the two 500m events are combined to determine three medalists.

Gregg had to re-do his media scrum after the podium ceremony but his reaction hadn’t changed. “I feel the same way about the race, there’s no real difference,” he said. “The only difference is I have another medal that I can go stick in my sock drawer. Besides that, it’s the same race, I’m still happy with it.”

The Canadian women team pursuit came within 42/100ths of a second of winning a medal. Their six-lap time of two minutes, 59.84 seconds was just behind Poland’s 2:59.42.

“It’s still an accomplishment even if we weren’t on the podium,” said Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, who skated with Kali Christ of Regina, Sask., and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg. “We’re all still happy with the race and how it went. We worked as a team out there.”

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., was 10th in the women’s 1000m. She was 15th in the 1500m on Saturday. “I don’t know what to say because I felt more prepared today than I was Saturday,” she said.

“I felt strong out there; I just wasn’t fast.”

Lucas Makowsky of Regina, Sask., was 16th in the men’s 5000m.

Results of B races:

Gilmore Junio of Calgary placed second in the men's B 500m, followed by teammate Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., in third. Alexandre St-Jean of Quebec, finished 10th and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., 14th.

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was the top Canadian in women's B 1000m in eighth. Kali Christ of Regina was 13th, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg 21st and Heather McLean of Winnipeg 32nd.

Jordan Belchos of Toronto skated to a 16-place finish in men's B 5000m.

ISU results page: http://www.isuresults.eu/

SPEED SKATING CANADA’S ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP #2:

(Salt Lake City, Nov. 15-17, 2013)

Women

500m — Christine Nesbitt, London, Ont.; Marsha Hudey, Regina, Sask.; Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg, Red Deer, Alta.; Kaylin Irvine, Calgary; Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg.

1000m — Christine Nesbitt; Kaylin Irvine; Kali Christ, Regina, Sask.; Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg; Heather McLean, Winnipeg; Shannon Rempel.

1500m — Christine Nesbitt; Kali Christ; Brittany Schussler; Brianne Tutt, Airdrie, Alta.; Josie Spence, Kamloops, B.C.

3000m — Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa; Brittany Schussler; Lauren McGuire, Ottawa; Brianne Tutt; Nicole Garrido, Edmonton.

Men

500m — Jamie Gregg, Edmonton; William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.; Gilmore Junio, Calgary; Laurent Dubreuil, Levis, Que.; Alexandre St- Jean, Quebec City.

1000m — Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.; Jamie Gregg; William Dutton; Gilmore Junio; Tyler Derraugh, Winnipeg.

1500m — Denny Morrison; Lucas Makowsky, Regina; Richard MacLennan, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.; Vincent De Haître, Cumberland, Ont

5000m — Lucas Makowsky, Jordan Belchos, Mathieu Giroux.