Short Track Speed Skating Olympic medalists St-Gelais, Hamelin & Cournoyer will lead a young team at the Shanghai & Seoul World Cups

Speed Skating Canada’s national short track team will leave Saturday, Dec. 6, for Shanghai, China, the first of the two stops in Asia for the upcoming ISU World Cups on Dec. 12-14. The team will then travel to Seoul, Korea, for the fourth World Cup of the season, Dec. 19-21.
 
At the first two World Cups in this post-Olympic season (Salt Lake City and Montreal), the Canadian team won six medals including one gold, two silver and three bronze.
 
Marianne St-Gelais will look to continue the success she has had early in the season. So far she has won two individual medals (gold in 1000m in Salt Lake City and silver in 500m in Montreal). She was also part of the women’s relay team that won a bronze medal in Salt Lake City. In Utah, St-Gelais was also contributed to two new Canadian records, in the 1000m and in the women’s relay event.
 
In Asia, she will be joined by Olympic medalists François Hamelin and Charle Cournoyer, who will take part in their first World Cups this season, as well as Charles Hamelin, who won a silver medal in the 1500m in Salt Lake City.
 
“I’m very happy with my season so far," said St-Gelais. “I’ve stuck to my objectives: to be more comfortable passing and to use different strategies. In Asia, the plan will be the same for the 500m while in the 1000m, I want to try new things.”
                   
Charle Cournoyer back in action
2014 Olympic 500m bronze medalist, Charle Cournoyer, will take part in his first competitions of the season. He is now recovered from shoulder surgery undergone last summer and from a broken right foot experienced earlier this fall.

Due to injury, (Sasha) Alexander Fathoullin of Calgary, AB, was withdrawn from the competition and replaced by William Preudhomme of Toronto.
 
Additional experience for the rising stars
Along with Preudhomme, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier and Audrey Phaneuf will take part in their first ISU World Cups.
 
Six Canadians made their senior international debuts at the first two World Cups. Among them, Kim Boutin, Joanie Gervais and Samuel Girard will also be in action in Asia. The Canadian team will have eight athletes of 12 who will have skated six World Cups or less in their careers.
 
“It will be an initiation for them in World Cups” said St-Gelais. “For sure they will be nervous and I’ll be there if they need advice.”
 
Members of the Canadian Team for World Cup #3 in Shanghai (Dec. 12-14) and Seoul (Dec. 19-21)
 
Women
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC)
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)
-GERVAIS, Joanie (Saguenay, QC, borough Jonquière)
-HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée (Montréal, QC, borough. Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie)
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Boucherville, QC)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC)
 
Men
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC)
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON)
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC)
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC)
-PREUDHOMME, William (Toronto, ON)
 
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier won a silver medal in women's relay at the 2014 World Junior Championships while taking the sixth spot in 1000m. At the Canadian Junior Championships last year, the 20 year old from Montreal won the national title in 1000m and 1500m. She also took the second place on 500m. She represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Universiades where she finished ninth in 1000m and 1500m. At the Fall World Cups trials, she was sixth overall and fourth and sixth positions in the 1500m races.
 
Audrey Phaneuf
Audrey Phaneuf of Boucherville, QC, represented Canada at the last three World Junior Championships. She won a bronze medal in women's relay in 2014. She took fourth and fifth spots in 2012 and 2013. At the 2014 Canadian Junior Championships, the 18 year old won three bronze medals. At the last World Cup trials in September, she was fourth in 1000m and finished seventh overall.
 
William Preudhomme
At the Fall World Cups trials, held in September in Calgary, William Preudhomme finished ninth overall. The 21 year old from Toronto finished fifth in one of the 1500m races.
 
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

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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