Tremblay & Vicent win second race at Bell Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials

François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., continued his amazing performance at the Bell Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials on Wednesday with his second victory while Tania Vicent of Montreal also notched a second win to conclude the sixth day of competition.

In the men’s 1,000 metres, Tremblay won for the second straight day clocking 1:25.694 and has posted a top-three finish in all six races so far. Mathieu Giroux of Quebec was second at 1:26.218 and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal third at 1:30.252.

“I’ve surprised myself with my consistency this week,” said Tremblay, a member of the 2002 Olympic champion relay team. “But I came in her in great physical shape and I really don’t feel any fatigue yet. Tonight I was able to stay up front from pretty much the entire race.”

On the women’s side, Vicent has won both 1,000 races so far after her win Wednesday in 1:31.371. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal was second in 1:31.438 and Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., third in 1:31.485.

“I knew it would be fast and close and that’s why I stayed up front the entire race,” said Vicent, a two-time Olympic medallist. “I went as fast as I could. I knew that with a win I’d put myself in a strong position to make the team.”

The trials run until Sunday September 11 and determine the five men and five women named to the short track Olympic team for the Games this February in Turin. The 16 men and 16 women contest each Olympic distance (500, 1,000 and 1,500) three times at the trials. The top skater overall at each distance gets an automatic selection to the team while the other selections are based on the overall standings from the entire meet.

Tremblay continues to lead the men’s overall standings with 4,964 points and both the 500 and 1,000 metre standings as well. Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., is second overall at 4,164, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal third at 3,404, Eric Bedard of Ste-Thecle, Que., fourth at 2,833, Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., fifth at 2,803and Giroux sixth at 1,981.

For the women, Vicent has moved into first overall with 3,998 points followed by Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., in second at 3,707, Overland third at 3,677, Leblanc-Boucher fourth at 3,628, Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., fifth at 3,374 and Melanie Gagnon of Montreal sixth at 2,106.

Thursday is a rest day and competition resumes Friday with the third men’s and women’s 1,500.