Short Track Speed Skating National Team finalize its preparation for the World Championships at the World Cup #6 in Turkey

Short Track Speed Skating national team members will take part in the sixth and final ISU World Cup of the season in Erzurum, Turkey, Feb. 13-15, one month prior to the World Championships to be held in Moscow.
 
So far in this first post-Olympic year in Salt Lake City, Montreal, Shanghai, Seoul and Dresden, the national team won 21 medals including three gold, seven silver and eleven bronze at the five first World Cups.

Last week, in Dresden, Germany, Canada won four medals: the women’s relay team won the gold medal, François Hamelin won the silver medal in the 1500m, and Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais won bronze medals in the 1000m and 1500m events.
                          
St-Gelais will look to win a medal at a sixth consecutive World Cup. So far this season, she won nine medals including six individuals. Following her gold medal in 1000m and bronze in 500m and in the relay events in Salt Lake City, she won a silver medal in 500m in Montreal. In Asia, the triple Olympic medalist won a silver medal in 500m, bronze in 1000m and in women's relay in Shanghai, then a gold medal in 1000m in Seoul. In Dresden, she was part of the women’s relay team who get the gold medal and also won the bronze medal on 1500m.
 
Charles Hamelin climbed on the podium seven times so far this season including five times for individual events.
 
Following International Skating Union rules, competitors may only participate in one individual event each day of the World Cup. One distance is always held twice in each World Cup, so that by the end of the season each distance is held eight times. In Erzurum, the 1000m event will be held twice.
 
Members of the Canadian Short Track Team for the World Cup #6 in Erzurum, Turkey:
Women
- BÉLANGER, Genève (Montréal, borough. Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, QC):    1000m (1), 1000m (2)
- BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC):    1000m (2), 1500m
- BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC):    500m, 1000m (1)
- MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, borough La Baie, QC):    1000m (2), 1500m
- ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC):    500m, 1500m
 
Men
- BASTILLE, Guillaume (Rivière-du-Loup, QC):    1000m (2), 1500m
- DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON) :              1000m (2), 1500m
- HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC):    500m, 1000m (1)
- HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC):    500m, 1500m
- JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC):    500m, 1000m (1)
 
Schedule:
Friday, February 13
Preliminaries and qualifying rounds:
Women and Men: 500m, 1000m (1), 1000m (2), 1500m, Relay
 
Saturday, February 14
Final Rounds: 1000m (1) (Women and Men), 1500m (Women and Men)
Men and Women Relay: Semi-Finals
 
Sunday, February 15
Final Rounds: 500m (Women and Men), 1000m (2) (Women and Men)
Men and Women Relay: Finals
 
The 2015 Short Track Speed Skating World Championships, last ISU international competition of the season, will be held March 13-15 in Moscow, Russia.
                       
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
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SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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Patrick Godbout
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Jeff MacKinnon   
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Speed Skating Canada
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