NEWS: Race information on Canada’s short track speed skating teams at the World Cup in Saguenay, Que.

CBC and Radio-Canada to broadcast event on Saturday and Sunday SAGUENAY, Que.Speed Skating Canada’s national men’s and women’s short track teams are in Saguenay, Que., for the second ISU World Cup of the season from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 30. CBC TV Sports will have coverage on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The World Cup will be featured on Radio-Canada Saturday from 11 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Qualification rounds start at the George-Vézina Centre on Friday. Saturday’s races will see the 1,500-metre race, the first of two 500-metre competitions and the men’s and women’s relay semifinals. On Sunday, there will be the 1,000-metre and second 500-metre races, as well as the relay finals. Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., will skate in the first 500-metre on Saturday and 1,000 metres on Sunday. Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., and Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., will compete in the 1,000-metre and 1,500-metre races. Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., is lined up for the 1,500 and second 500-metre race. Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., and Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., have been assigned both 500-metre races. Guillaume Bastille from Rivière-du-Loup, Que., and François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., will both race in the 1,500 metres on Saturday and second 500-metre of the weekend on Sunday. Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., will be in the first 500-metre competition on Saturday and Sunday’s 1,000-metre. François-Louis Tremblay from Alma, Que., will skate both 500-metre races, and Michael Gilday of Yellowknife, will be in the 1,000-metre and 1,500-metre races. The following is additional team information:
- Notes package for the second World Cup (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 distributed to media and posted on SSC’s website (www.speedskating.ca) and Twitter.
- Live race coverage: ISU World Cup.
- 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 Saguenay is: http://www.saguenay2011.ca/en/index/.
- National teams media guide (PDF).
World Cup #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 #2 – Men: Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, Que.), Michael Gilday (Yellowknife), Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, Qué,), François-Louis Tremblay (Alma, Que.)
Coaches: Derrick Campbell and Sébastien Cros.
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