Kim Boutin earns silver in the 1500m at the ISU World Cup Short Track in Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, September 30, 2017 – Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, won Canada's first medal of the Olympic season in short track speed skating, Saturday, as she earned silver in the 1500m at the ISU World Cup slated to take place until Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. For her part, Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, finished fourth in the 500m.
 
Kim Boutin initially ended up third in the 1500m A final, but a penalty given to South Korea's Shim Suk Hee allowed her to move up one rank. Boutin and Maltais were leading the pack with two laps to go when the South Korean skater caused Maltais to fall, pushing the latter back to fifth place. South Korean skater Choi Min Jeong won gold while Australia's Deanna Lockett came up with bronze.
 
“I'm really happy with my race,” said Kim Boutin. “Valérie and I were on a mission. I think it was the first time that we were able to block the Koreans. We worked well as team. It was a superb race.”
 
St-Gelais considered fourth place to be a satisfying result, as she is only skating in the 500m this weekend in order to optimize her preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games.
 
“I made a decision in the final race that cost me dearly in terms of rank, but that allowed me to learn something that will be quite useful in the future,” said St-Gelais. “I'm disappointed with the result, but I can't be totally disappointed with how my day went. I had a long way to go; this is my first final since last spring's World Championships. I was excited and nervous, but the 500m is a very good way to gain some confidence.”
 
Choi won the women's 500m, followed by Italy's Arianna Fontana, South Korea's Shim Suk Hee and St-Gelais.
 
Jamie Macdonald of Fort St. James, B.C., came up with second place in the B finals of the 500m and 1500m events.

On the men's side, Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, was the top Canadian skater with wins in the B finals of the 500m and the 1500m.
 
Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, and Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, were both penalized in the 1500m semifinals, which means they were eliminated. They respectively ended up 19th and 20th.
 
In the men's 500m, Hamelin was fifth in the quarterfinal round and saw his day end at that stage of the competition in that distance.
 
The men's and women's Canadian relay teams both won their respective semifinals heats to each earn a spot in Sunday's A finals.
 
Aside from the relay races, the 1000m final rounds are also scheduled for Sunday, on the last day of the first World Cup stage of the season. Boutin, Maltais, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer and Samuel Girard have all qualified for the final rounds in that distance.

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

500m W
Marianne St-Gelais: 4th in the A Final (final ranking: 4)
Jamie Macdonald: 2nd in the B Final (final ranking: 6)
Kasandra Bradette: eliminated in the heats (final ranking: 23)

500m M
Samuel Girard: 5th in the B Final (final ranking: 5)
Charles Hamelin: 5th in the quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 17)
Charle Cournoyer: eliminated in the heats (final ranking: 23)

1500m W
Kim Boutin: silver medal (final ranking: 2)
Valérie Maltais: 5th in the A Final (final ranking: 5)
Jamie Macdonald: 2nd in the B Final (final ranking: 8)

1500m M
Samuel Girard: 1st in the B Final (final ranking: 9)
Charles Hamelin: penalty in the semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 19
Charle Cournoyer: penalty in the semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 20)

Relay W
Canada: 1st in the semifinals and will take part in the A Final Sunday
(Kasandra Bradette, Jamie Macdonald, Valérie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais)

Relay M
Canada: 1st in the semifinals and will take part in the A Final Sunday
(Charle Cournoyer, Pascal Dion, Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin)

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey. www.speedskating.ca

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Conseil du sport de haut niveau de Québec

- 30 -

For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC