Samuel Girard, Marianne St-Gelais & Marie-Ève Drolet on the podium at ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stage held in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, November 12, 2016 – Samuel Girard won his third medal in as many races so far this season while Marianne St-Gelais and Marie-Ève Drolet both stepped on the podium in the women's 1500m, Saturday, at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stage held until Sunday in Salt Lake City, USA.

Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) won the first of two men's 1500m scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, finishing ahead of Hungary's Shaolin Sandor Liu, who was second, and American skater John-Henry Krueger, who was third. Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC, took the 7th spot.

“I was able to take advantage of the opportunities and openings that presented themselves when other skaters made strategic moves to block opponents,” said Samuel Girard, who collected his second gold medal of the 2016-2017 World Cup season, as he won the men's 500m held last Saturday in Calgary, during the first stage of the World Cup season.

In his other race so far, last Sunday in Calgary, Samuel Girard earned a silver medal in a 1000m race that was won by his Canadian teammate Charle Cournoyer. The 20-year-old skater therefore has three podium finishes in as many races so far this season. He will skate in Sunday's 500m in Salt Lake City.

“I already have as many medals in two World Cups so far than I had over the entire season last winter,” pointed out Samuel Girard. “So it's a good start to the season. It looks good for what's coming up!”

Marie-Ève Drolet back on the podium
Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC) and Marie-Ève Drolet (Saguenay, Chicoutimi borough, QC) respectively won silver and bronze in the women's 1500m (1), finishing only behind South Korea's Minjeong Choi.

“It's really great to share a podium with her, I'm so happy for her, she deserves it after what she's been through,” said Marianne St-Gelais of Marie-Ève Drolet. “It's weird that this is our first podium finish together, after all these years on the same team!”

“I'm a little bit lucky to have won this medal because two skaters fell in front of me with about one lap to go, but I'll take it,” said Marie-Ève Drolet who gave her medal to her daughter after the race.

Marianne St-Gelais therefore won her second medal this season, after picking up a silver in the 500m held last Saturday in Calgary.

“It was a slow race (in the final) at first, but things got quite faster in the end and I tried to catch up to (Choi), but wasn't able to. Still, I gave it a good fight and I'm happy with my race,” she said.

Marie-Ève Drolet, for her part, collected her first medal this season, and her first since the sixth and last World Cup stage of the 2012-2013 season, when she earned a bronze in the 1500m. She has resumed competition this fall after she gave birth to her first child in January of 2015.

“This is a medal that means a lot to me, especially since it comes in Salt Lake City. It reminds me of the 2002 Olympic Games, and all I've been through since”, said Drolet who won her first of two Olympic medals in the relay event at the Olympic Games held in the Utah’s capital.

Jamie Macdonald (Fort St. James, B.C.) was the only two other Canadian skater to make it to a final on Saturday. She won the B final in the women's 1500, good for 7th place overall.

Both Canadian relays qualified for a spot in Sunday's A finals.

In Saturday's semifinals, the men's foursome of Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) and Pascal Dion (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC) finished first in its heat, while the women's team comprised of Marianne St-Gelais, Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC), Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC) and Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC) was second in its heat.

A second 1500m and the 500m are slated for Sunday, as well as the finals for the relay.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m W
Valérie Maltais: penalty in the semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 11)
Kim Boutin: 3rd in the quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 12)
Kasandra Bradette: 4th in the quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 16)

1000m M
Pascal Dion: fall in the semifinals to take the 6th spot (final ranking: 12)
François Hamelin: fall in the quarterfinals to take the 4th spot (final ranking: 19)
Charle Cournoyer: penality in the quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 22)

1500m (1) W
Marianne St-Gelais: silver medal (final ranking: 2)
Marie-Ève Drolet: bronze medal (final ranking: 3)
Jamie Macdonald: 1st in the B Final (final ranking: 7)

1500m (1) M
Samuel Girard: gold medal (final ranking: 1)
Charles Hamelin: 7th in the A Final (final ranking: 7)
William Preudhomme: third in the repechage semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 24)

Relay W
Canada: 2nd in the semifinals and will take part in the A Final Sunday
(Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette)

Relay M
Canada: 1st in the semifinals and will take part in the A Final Sunday
(Charles Hamelin, Samuel Girard, Charle Cournoyer, Pascal Dion)

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