Marianne St-Gelais wins silver medal in 500m at Montreal World Cup

Marianne St-Gelais added another podium to her collection, Saturday at Maurice-Richard Arena, when she picked up a silver medal in the first of two 500m women's races scheduled at the Montreal ISU Short Track World Cup.

St-Gelais, of Saint-Félicien, Quebec, therefore won her fourth medal of the 2014-15 World Cup season. Last week in Salt Lake City, during the first weekend of the season, she collected a gold medal in the women's 1,000m, a bronze in the 500m and a bronze in the 3,000m relay.

Vincent de Haître, women’s team pursuit narrowly miss podium at Obihiro World Cup

Vincent de Haître and the Canadian women's team pursuit both came within less than two tenths of a second of reaching the podium, Saturday, as they finished fourth in their respective races at the ISU long track World Cup in Obihiro, Japan.

Taking part in his first-ever World Cup 1,000m race, de Haître finished with a time of one minute, 9.90 seconds. The Cumberland, Ontario native, who turned 20 this past summer, was just 0.13 seconds behind bronze medalist Samuel Schwarz of Germany (1:09.77).

A perfect Friday for Valérie Maltais and Guillaume Bastille at Montreal Short Track World Cup

Valerie Maltais and Guillaume Bastille both had a perfect day in qualifying rounds, Friday, on the first day of the Montreal Short Track ISU World Cup.

Bastille, from Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, qualified for Saturday's 1,500m semifinal at Maurice Richard Arena, as well as for Sunday's 1,000m quarter-final.

Laurent Dubreuil posts 2nd best-ever World Cup result in Obihiro, Japan

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Qué., came up with his second-best career result at a senior World Cup, Friday, as he placed sixth in the men's A 500m on the opening day of the ISU World Cup long track speed skating competition in Obihiro, Japan.

Dubreuil, 22, was the top Canadian of the day as he posted a time of 35,31 seconds on the same track where he captured the world junior title in that distance in 2012.

Montreal welcomes world's best short track speed skaters for second ISU World Cup of the season

Among those in action this weekend: Charles Hamelin, Victor An, Marianne St-Gelais and Valérie Maltais
Montreal, Nov. 12, 2014 – The best short track speed skaters in the world will display their skating talents this weekend, Nov. 14-16, at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal at the second ISU Short Track World Cup of the season.
The Canadian team is led by Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Guillaume Bastille.
They will compete against many high profile short track speed skaters, including:

Ted-Jan Bloemen given clearance to skate for Canada at Seoul World Cup

Long track speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen, who moved to Canada in June from his native Netherlands, has received clearance from the International Skating Union to compete for his new home, Speed Skating Canada announced today.
The 28-year-old long distance specialist will make his international debut for Canada in the 10,000m event at a World Cup in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 22. He is also eligible to skate at the World All Round Championships, which will be held at the Olympic Oval in Calgary March 7-8.

Canada wins three bronze to conclude first Short track World Cup of the season

Marianne St-Gelais and the women’s relay break two Canadian records

Salt Lake City, November 9, 2014 – Marianne St-Gelais of St-Félicien, Que., and Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., each won an individual bronze medal then helped Canada to another third place finish in the relay on Sunday to conclude the first stop on the ISU World Cup circuit in short track speed skating.
Canada ends the competition with a gold, silver and three bronze.

Blackburn and Campbell: recipients of the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Frédéric Blackburn and Derrick Campbell, head coaches of the Canadian women's and men's short track national teams, who were among the recipients of the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards.

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards were announced at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, which took place in Ottawa on Friday, November 7, 2014.

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics.

Marianne St-Gelais wins gold, Charles Hamelin silver at short track World Cup opener

Marianne St-Gelais of St-Félicien, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., earned gold and silver on Saturday at the first stop on the ISU World Cup circuit in short track speed skating.

In the women’s 1000m final, St-Gelais took the gold by a blink of an eye in 1:32.286 with Minjeong Choi of South Korea second in 1:32.339 and Kexin Fan of China third in 1:32.708.

Marianne St-Gelais leads Canadian charge on the first day of the first Short Track World Cup of the season

Three-time Olympic medalist Marianne St-Gelais of St-Félicien, Que., posted the fastest time of the day in the first 1000m and the second fastest in the 500m in Friday’s qualifying sessions to open the 2014-15 Short Track ISU World Cup season in short track speed skating.

St-Gelais easily advanced the quarterfinals in both events.