Montreal welcomes world's best short track speed skaters for second ISU World Cup of the season

Among those in action this weekend: Charles Hamelin, Victor An, Marianne St-Gelais and Valérie Maltais
 
Montreal, Nov. 12, 2014 – The best short track speed skaters in the world will display their skating talents this weekend, Nov. 14-16, at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal at the second ISU Short Track World Cup of the season.
 
The Canadian team is led by Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Guillaume Bastille.
 
They will compete against many high profile short track speed skaters, including:
-Victor An (Russia): triple Olympic medalist in Sochi
-Dajing Wu and Tianyu Han (China): double Olympic medalists in 2014
-Arianna Fontana (Italy): triple Olympic medalist in 2014
-Suk Hee Shim (South Korea): triple Olympic medalist in 2014
-Elise Christie (Great Britain): silver medalist on 500m at the 2014 World Championships
 
A total of 165 skaters representing 21 countries, including China, Great Britain, South Korea, Russia and the United States, will take part in two of these events, excluding the Women’s or Men’s relay: the 500m (two events), 1000m and/or the 1500m events.
 
In accordance with International Skating Union rules, competitors may only participate in one distance each day of a World Cup, except for the relay event. One distance is always held twice at each World Cup, so that by the end of the season each distance is held eight times. In Montreal the 500m event will be held twice.

Following qualifying rounds of all the events on Friday, Nov. 14, athletes will participate in the final rounds of the first 500m event and the 1500 event as well as the relays semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 15. The next day, the second 500m event and the 1000m event as well as the final of the relays will be held.
 
The competition will be broadcast on CBC and webcast on www.cbc.ca live from 5-6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Saturday, Nov. 15. On Sunday, Nov. 16, the competition will be webcast from 4-5 p.m. and broadcast live from 5-6 p.m.
 
This will be the seventh Short Track Speed Skating World Cup held in Montreal and the first in the city since 2012; and the 16th hosted by Canada since 1998. In March 2014, the Maurice Richard Arena also hosted the Short Track World Championships.
 
Free admission Friday and autograph sessions with the Olympians
Admission will be complimentary Friday, Nov. 14, for the qualifying rounds starting at 9 a.m. and running until approximatively 6 p.m.
 
For that day, more than 1,300 students in Montreal have already confirmed their attendance and will be able to meet and get autographs from Olympic medalists François Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Charle Cournoyer from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
 
Following the competition Saturday and Sunday, it will be the turn of the Canadian athletes who are competing to meet their fans, including Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Guillaume Bastille, accompanied by their teammates.
 
Admission is $15 or $25 per day Saturday and Sunday and free admission all weekend for kids of 5-and-under who share a seat with a parent. Tickets are still available at www.coupedumondemtl.ca/billets.

Celebrate the 1994 Olympic Games medalists
On Sunday, Nov. 16, before the start of the competition, the host organizing committee will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Olympic medals of Marc Gagnon, Nathalie Lambert and the women’s relay at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. These great short track speed skating representatives will be on-site for a tribute ceremony.
 
Nathalie Lambert won two silver medals in Lillehammer. She received her first medal at what was first ever official presentation of the women’s 1,000m event at an Olympics.
 
Then, with Christine Boudrias, Isabelle Charest, Angela Cutrone and Sylvie Daigle, she won a silver medal in women’s relay.
 
Marc Gagnon won the bronze medal in 1,000m, his first of five Olympic medals, including three gold, in three consecutives Games. He is among the top five Canadian medalists in Olympic history and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
 
The host organizing committee Patinage de vitesse international Montréal (PAVIM), Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec would like to thank the following sponsors and partners: the Government of Canada, Government of Quebec, City of Montreal, Hanbue and Intact Insurances, as well as those for the event, Parc olympique, Hôtel Universel Montréal as well as CBC Sports.
 
More information is available on the official website of the event at www.coupedumondemtl.ca and at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. 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.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
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