Olympic Team Test Events - Short Track

The Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team will have the opportunity to fine tune their preparations ahead of their Sochi send-off. Montreal’s Maurice-Richard Arena will host a test event from Jan 16th to 17th for fifteen of Canada’s top male and female athletes, including skaters who recently competed at the World University Games in Italy. The athletes will compete at all three distances. 

“This event will allow our Olympians to fine tune their race reflexes and implement the elements they’ve been working on over the last few months, prior to taking off for their pre-Olympic training camp in Budapest. Their competition will come from the athletes they were up against at the Olympic Trials”, explained Yves Hamelin, Short Track Program Director. 

Canadian Junior Championship
Tomorrow’s stars will be in action at the Canadian Junior Championship Jan 16 – 18. Based on the results, four male and four female skaters will be chosen to participate in next March’s World Junior Championship in Erzurum, Turkey. “At this point, we’ll be able to see our 2018 Olympic rookies in action; it’s always very interesting to measure the quality of our newcomers at such an important event”, shared Hamelin.

Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Committee also announced the third athlete picked at each individual distance. The following Canadian athletes will take the starting line in Sochi:

1500 m            
Women   Valérie Maltais   Marie-Ève Drolet   Marianne St-Gelais   
Men   Charles Hamelin   François Hamelin   Michael Gilday   
500 m            
Women   Valérie Maltais   Jessica Hewitt   Marianne St.Gelais   
Men   Charles Hamelin   Olivier Jean   Charle Cournoyer   
1000 m            
Women   Valérie Maltais   Marianne St.Gelais   Marie-Eve Drolet   
Men   Charles Hamelin   Charle Cournoyer   Olivier Jean    



Olympic Team (and other national team athletes) – test event

Thursday, Jan 16th – 1000m   
14h30   Warm-up   
15h00   Qualifications   
15h33   Semi-finals   
16h06   Final   

Friday, Jan  17th – 500m and 1500m   
8h00   Warm-up   
8h40   Qualifications 500m   
9h15   Semi-finals 500m   
9h50   Final   
10h25   Qualifications 1500m   
10h57   Final 1500m   

Saturday, Jan 18th – 1000m   
10h30   Warm-up   
11h00   Qualifications   
11h33   Semi-finals   
12h06   Final  


Canadian Junior Championship

Friday, Jan 17th – 1500m   
1 pm   Warm-up      
2:10 pm   Qualifications      
3:16 pm   Semi-finals      
4:13 pm   Final      

Saturday, Jan 18th – 500m   
1 pm   Warm-up      
2:10 pm   Qualifications      
3:05 pm   Quarter finals      
4 pm   Semi-finals      
4:55 pm   Final      


Sunday, Jan 19th – 1000m and 1500m   
9 am   Warm-up      
10:10 am   1000m Qualificationsm      
11:17 am   1000 m Quarter-finals      
1:09 pm   1000m Semi-final      
2: 31 pm   1000 m Final      
3:53 pm   Super 1500m Final     


Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team

o  Athletes 
o  Coaches
o  Yves Hamelin, Short Track Program Director

Maurice-Richard Arena, Montreal