The Canadian team aims for seven individual medals at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Toronto

Members of the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team have made it their mission to win seven individual medals at the second ISU World Cup of the season, which is set to take place at home, at Toronto’s MasterCard Centre, November 6-8.
 
The women's team has set an objective of three medals, the same total as last weekend in Montreal. The squad is comprised of Olympic medalists Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC) and Valérie Maltais (La Baie, QC), as well as Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC), Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC), Audrey Phaneuf (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) and Jamie MacDonald (Fort St. James, B.C.).
 
Following a strong start to the season where she won all six of the women's individual races that were scheduled at the Fall World Cup Selections, Marianne St-Gelais won the gold medal in the 500m and a silver in the 1000m in Montreal, at the first stage of the World Cup campaign. This weekend, she is looking for a podium finish in the 500m as well as a top-5 result in the 1500m.
 
Last weekend's other medal winner on the women's side with a second-place finish in the 1000m, Kim Boutin, is aiming for a podium in the 1500m and to finish among the first seven skaters in the 500m.
 
Valérie Maltais, who won a silver medal in team relay at the 2014 Olympic Games, will try to avoid penalties like the ones which cost her a spot in the finals in both her events last weekend. In Toronto, she will be looking for redemption by finishing on the podium in the 1500m, in addition to being among the top 8 in the 1000m.
 
Kasandra Bradette, whose events ended in the quarterfinals last week, is aiming for a top-5 in the 500m and a top-8 in the 1000m, while 19-year-old Audrey Phaneuf, who took third spot in the 1000m B final in Montreal, wants to finish in the top 8 in both her 500m events.
 
Jamie MacDonald, who at her first-ever career World Cup won her first medal (silver) while skating with the women’s relay in Montreal in addition to taking second spot in the 1500m B final, will be in action in the 500m and 1000m this weekend. She will be aiming for top-8 results in both distances.
 
Men's team aims for four medals
On the men's side, Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC), Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) and François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) will lead the way alongside Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC), Patrick Duffy (Oakville, ON) and Sasha (Alexander) Fathoullin (Calgary, AB) and are looking to win four medals, one more than in Montreal.
    
After collecting a gold medal in the 1000m last weekend, Charles Hamelin will take part in both 500m events and is looking to qualify for the A finals and to be on the podium at least once.
 
Samuel Girard, who finished second behind Charles Hamelin in the 1000m in Montreal, is aiming to be on the podium again and to finish in the top 8 in the two 500m events.
 
Charle Cournoyer, the silver medalist in the 500m race in Montreal, will take part in the 1000m event this weekend, as well as in the 1500m and wants to be on the podium once.
 
Patrick Duffy from Oakville, Ontario, who was fourth in last week's 1500m A final, will take part in the 1000m and 500m (2) events in front of his family, at home, and is looking to be at least once on the podium.
 
Sasha Fathoullin, who was second in the 1000m B final in Montreal at his first-ever World Cup, is aiming to be among the top 12 in the 500m (1) and 1000m events in which he will skate.
 
François Hamelin, who finished fourth in the 1000m last weekend, is looking for a top-5 and a top-8 in the 1000m and 1500m events.
 
The skaters who will take part in the relay races will be chosen on the day of each race slated during the competition.
 
Members of the Canadian national team for ISU Short Track World Cup #2 in Toronto:

WOMEN'S TEAM
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC) – 500m (2), 1500m
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC) – 500m (1), 1000m
-MACDONALD, Jamie (Fort St. James, B.C.) – 500m (1), 1000m
-MALTAIS, Valérie (La Baie, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) – 500m (1), 500m (2)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC) – 500m (2), 1500m

MEN'S TEAM
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON) – 500m (2), 1500m
-FATHOULLIN, Sasha (Alexander) (Calgary, AB) – 500m (1), 1000m
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) – 500m (1), 500m (2)
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC) – 500m (1), 500m (2)
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC) – 1500m, 1000m

More details available on Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.

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