Injured, Charle Cournoyer to miss first two World Cups of the season

Olympic medalist will be replace in Salt Lake City by Samuel Bélanger-Marceau and by Yoan Gauthier in Montreal

Charle Cournoyer, who won a bronze medal in 500m in short track speed skating at the 2014 Olympic Games, will miss the first two ISU World Cups of the season because of a fractured right foot.

The 23 year old athlete from Boucherville, QC, who is also coming back from a surgery to both shoulders last summer, fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a warm-up before an off-ice training session. The injury does not require immobilization or a cast and Cournoyer can still train off ice.

Speed Skating Canada has announced that Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC) and Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) will replace Cournoyer for the first two World Cups of the season in Salt Lake City and Montreal. Gauthier was originally scheduled to take part in the competition in Salt Lake City while Bélanger-Marceau was going to compete in Montreal but they will now race at both events.

“It’s a very frustrating situation for me as I was working very hard to get back to the same shape I was in before the surgery to my shoulders”, said Cournoyer. “The good news is that all this is happening in the first year of the new Olympic cycle. Working with the specialists of the National Team, my objective is to take the time needed for my foot to heal and to get back into shape as soon as possible.”

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Jeff MacKinnon   
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