Scholten qualifies for World Cup Circuit events

Jeffrey Scholten of Fredericton, New Brunswick claimed first place overall at the Canadian Trials #1 held at the Maurice Richard Arena, December 19-22. His performance qualifies him to attend the final two World Cup events scheduled for Salt Lake City, Utah and Saguenay, Québec.

Scholten placed first in the 500m and 1,000m, second in the 1,500m and fourth in the 3,000m for a total of 3359 points to finish ahead of national team member Jonathan Guilmette with 2961 points, François-Louis Tremblay with 2468 points and Jean-François Monette with 2235 points.

“Since my return from Europe I’ve noticed that Jeffrey has been skating very well and I new that he would probably be the one to beat”, stated national team coach Guy Thibault. “Let’s not forget that Jeffrey is the current World Record holder in the 500m (41.514 seconds) and has always been a very strong skater”.

Frédéric Blackburn, of Chicoutimi, makes a return to the World Cup circuit following three injury filled years, which kept him off the national team. The addition of Blackburn and Scholten means that 2002 Olympians Éric Bédard and Mathieu Turcotte will not be participating in the final two World Cup competitions.

In the women’s competition, Amélie Goulet-Nadon continued her strong season finishing first overall with 3075 points ahead of team-mates Tania Vicent, 2902 points and Alanna Kraus with 2350 points.

Goulet-Nadon, of Laval, is currently fourth in the overall World Cup points standing, seven points behind leader Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria.

Similar to the men’s competition, the women’s team will see two new faces for the last two World Cup competitions. Amanda Overland and Anne Maltais finished fourth and fifth respectively to qualify for the final two World Cup competitions of the year. Their addition will mean that National Team veterans Annie Perreault and Chantale Sévigny have been left off the World Cup squad for Salt Lake City, Utah and Saguenay, Québec.


Athletes qualifying for the Salt Lake City and Saguenay World Cups:

Women

Amélie Goulet-Nadon (3075 points)

Tania Vicent (2902 points)

Alanna Kraus (2350 points)

Amanda Overland (2098 points)

Anne Maltais (1800 points)



Men

Jeffrey Scholten (3359 points)

Jonathan Guilmette (2961 points)

François-Louis Tremblay (2468 points)

Jean-François Monette (2235 points)

Frédéric Blackburn (1592 points)