Kim Boutin wins silver & Samuel Girard earns bronze in 1000m at ISU Short Track World Cup in Seoul

Canada concludes World Cup season with 21 medals in four stages

Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2017 – Kim Boutin won the silver medal while Samuel Girard came up with a bronze in the 1000m, Sunday, to conclude the fourth and last stage of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating season in Seoul, South Korea.

Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, won silver after finishing behind South Korea's Min Jeong Choi, who won gold. Bronze went to Dutch skater Yara van Kerkhof, ahead of South Korea's Suk Hee Kim, who came in fourth. Great Britain's Elise Christie also skated in the final.

“It was an Olympic-calibre 1000m final. The level was very high,” pointed out Boutin. “And I think I showed that I can challenge (the best skaters) up until the finish line. I blocked Elise (Christie) until the end and I was in a position to overtake some skaters. It was good race, with a lot of situations from which I can learn from, and I think I can be proud of my weekend.”

Boutin therefore came up with her second medal of the weekend, after she earned bronze in Saturday's 1500m. It was also her seventh podium finish this World Cup season in individual events, her third in the 1000m.

“It's a nice way to finish up before the Olympic Games,” she said. “I was consistent throughout these four World Cup stages. Now, I need to maintain the same level of focus until the Games.”

Jamie Macdonald from Fort St. James, B.C., won the women's 1000m B final.

Girard back on the podium
Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, came up with the bronze medal ahead of China's Dajing Wu, who had to settle for fourth place. The race was won by Hungary's Shaolin Sandor Liu while South Korea's Dae Heon Hwang collected silver.

“It was a tough race, everyone was looking to go out front, there was a lot of movement during the first lap,” said Girard. “There was some contact mid-race, which pushed me back to fourth place, but after that there was an opening that allowed me to move back up to third. There was no opening after that, so I'm satisfied with bronze.”

It was Samuel Girard's third medal this season, his second in the 1000m. He won silver in this distance during the second stage of the season, in Dordrecht in the Netherlands. He also came up with gold in the 500m that weekend.

“I would have like to put my hand on a gold medal today to finish on a high note in my last race before the Olympics,” added Girard. “But at the same time, the most important thing at this competition was to apply some key points out there on the ice, and not so much the results. I was able to apply those key points well, which allowed me to reach the final in Saturday's 1500m (fourth place), and win bronze today, so it's satisfying.”

Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, was eliminated in the men's 1000m semifinals, while Charle Cournoyer de Boucherville, QC, was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the relay, Kim Boutin, Jamie Macdonald, Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, and Valérie Maltais from Saguenay, QC allowed the women's team to win the B final. Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Félicien, QC, also contribued to the team's efforts over the weekend.

The men's relay was eliminated Friday in the qualification round.

A total of 21 medals for the season
The Canadian team has therefore won 16 individual medals (five gold, seven silver, four bronze) and five team medals in the relays (two gold and one bronze for the men, one silver and one bronze for the women), for a total of 21 over four stages. In the process, the men's and women's relays qualified for the 2018 Olympic Games.

This was the fourth and last World Cup stage of this Olympic season. The Canadian skaters will now return to Montreal to continue preparing for the PyeongChang Games.

The World Cup in Seoul was the last opportunity for skaters to secure spots for their countries at the Olympic Games as athletes collected points in each of the individual distances. At the end of the four World Cups, the top three performances out of four for each skater will be tallied and counted for the special standings which are dedicated to Olympic qualifying, therefore determining how the available spots for the PyeongChang Games will be attributed. The International Skating Union (ISU) will publish these standings in upcoming weeks.

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

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m W
Kim Boutin: silver medal (final ranking: 2)
Jamie Macdonald: 1st in the B Final (final ranking: 6)
Valérie Maltais: penalty in the heats and eliminated (final ranking: 30)

1000m M
Samuel Girard: bronze medal (final ranking: 3)
Charles Hamelin: 5th in the semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 9)
Charle Cournoyer: 4th in the quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 14)

Relay W
Canada: 1st in the B Final (final ranking: 5)
(Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Marianne St-Gelais, Jamie Macdonald)

Relay M
Canada: 3rd in the heats and eliminated (final ranking: 11)
(Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer)
            
More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

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, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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