NEWS: Canada’s short track speed skating teams for the first two World Cups

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Speed Skating Canada’s national men’s and women’s short track teams are currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the first ISU World Cup of the season from Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23. Qualification rounds start at the Utah Olympic Oval on Friday. Saturday’s races will see the 1,000-metre race, the first of two 1,500-metre competitions and the men’s and women’s relay semifinals. On Sunday, there will be the 500-metre and second 1,500-metre races, as well as the relay finals. Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., and Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., will compete in both 1,500-metre races. Jessica Hewitt of Langley, B.C., will skate in the 1,000- and first 1,500-metre races. Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., and Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., will open their season in the 500- and 1,000-metre races. Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., will skate in the 500- and second 1,500-metre competitions. Guillaume Bastille from Rivière-du-Loup, Que., Michael Gilday from Yellowknife, and Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., will compete in the first 1,500-metre race and the 1,000-metre. François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., François-Louis Tremblay from Alma, Que., and Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier from Laval, Que., will open their season in the 500-metre and second 1,500-metre races. The following is information to assist in media coverage:
- Notes package for the first two World Cups (PDF): schedules, updated athlete bios, selections results.
- Follow the Canadian teams on Speed Skating Canada’s Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/SSC_PVC.
- End of day news releases will be posted on SSC’s website (www.speedskating.ca) and Twitter.
- Audio (MP3 format) from athletes and coaches will be available on the website with links on the news releases.
- The web site for the World Cup in Salt Lake City is: http://olyparks.com/uoo/events_calendar.asp.
- The web site for the World Cup in Saguenay is: http://www.saguenay2011.ca/en/index/.
- The World Cup in Saguenay will be broadcast by Radio-Canada (Saturday: 11 p.m. to midnight; Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and CBC TV Sports (Saturday: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
- National teams media guide (PDF).
World Cup #1 and #2 – Women: Marie-Ève Drolet (Laterrière, Que.), Jessica Hewitt (Langley, B.C.), Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Que.), Marianne St. Gelais (St. Félicien, Que.), Caroline Truchon (Chicoutimi, Que.), Gabrielle Waddell (Red Deer, Alta.)
World Cup #1 and #2 – Men: Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, Que.), Michael Gilday (Yellowknife), Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), François-Louis Tremblay (Alma, Que.)
World Cup #1 – Men: Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (Laval, Que.)
World Cup #2 – Men: Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, Qué,)
Coaches: Derrick Campbell and Sébastien Cros.