The Canadian women's relay collects bronze to conclude the short track speed skating competition at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Spain

The Canadian women's 3000m relay team concluded the short track speed skating competition by coming up with a bronze medal, Friday, at the 2015 Winter Universiade held in Granada, Spain.

The Canadian team, comprised of Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, QC), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montreal, borough Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, QC), Keri Morrison (Burlington, Ont.) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, QC) (alternate: Jamie MacDonald, Fort St. James, B.C.), came up with a time of four minutes, 20 seconds and 98 hundredths to finish on the podium ahead of Japan.

China (4:19.010) and South Korea (4:19.289) respectively won gold and silver.

“We knew China and Korea had strong teams, so the strategy was set so that we focus on Japan in order to finish ahead of them and get that other medal,” said Gervais. “For instance, we went into the turns from different angles because of the quality of the ice.”

“We were all excited and proud to represent Canada,” said Morrison. “Anything can happen in the relay and we had to remain focused on what Japan was doing, but mainly we just went out there wanting to skate hard and go fast.”

On the men's side, Canada finished second in the B final.

In individual races, Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) was the top Canadian as he won the men's 1000m B final to finish fifth overall. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC) was third in the B final, good for seventh place.

In the women's 1000m, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier finished third in the B final.

This week overall, the Canadian short track speed skating team picked up one medal over three days at the 2015 Winter Universiade, compared to five in 2013.

“We saw some interesting things even if we didn't win as many medals as we had hoped for,” said Marc Gagnon, who coached the short track team along with Maggie Qi at the event. “Our results were not up to par with the level our skaters were at physically. On that front, they showed they are ready for the next level. It's now simply a question of improving on the mental and tactical aspects, to take better decisions during races. But that's something you can improve on quickly.”

TODAY'S CANADIAN RESULTS:
1000m W
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier: 3rd in the B final (overall ranking: 6)
Keri Morrison: 3rd in quarterfinals and eliminated (overall ranking; 9)
Caroline Truchon: 4th in quarterfinals and eliminated (overall ranking: 13)

1000m M
Yoan Gauthier: 1st in the B final (final ranking: 5)
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau: 3rd in the B final (overall ranking: 7)
Pascal Dion: did not finish in heats and eliminated (final ranking: 34)
   
Women’s relay
Canada: bronze medal (Joanie Gervais, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Caroline Truchon, Jamie MacDonald) (overall ranking: 3)

Men’s relay
Canada: 2nd in the B final (Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, Yoan Gauthier, William Preudhomme, Cédrik Blais, Pascal Dion) (overall ranking: 6)

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.

About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

Official website: www.granada2015.org.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Ben Matchett
Communications Manager
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-816-090
Email: ben.matchett@ucalgary.ca

Matt Gutsch
Communications Officer
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-806-291
Email: mgutsch@ualberta.ca