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Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais to lead a young Canadian team at the 2015 Short Track Speed Skating World Championships

The Canadian short track speed skating team will conclude its 2014-2015 season in Moscow, Russia, at the 2015 ISU World Championships set to take place March 13-15.

Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) and Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC) will lead a young Canadian team comprised of 10 athletes, including five who will be making their debut at the World Championships.

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By Don McSwiney / http://www.ucalgary.ca

Kali Christ finishes 10th at world allround championships

Kali Christ of Regina finished 10th overall at the season-ending ISU Essent World allround speedskating championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands, which wrapped up Sunday.

The 22-year-old registered an eighth-place skate Sunday in the 1500m in one minute, 58.36 seconds and remained in 10th place overall. The top eight skaters moved on to the finale, the 5000m. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won her fourth straight title winning three of four races. The last woman to win all four was Canadian star Cindy Klassen in 2006.

Junio wins silver medal in 500m at World Cup in Inzell, Germany

March 8, 2014 - Gilmore Junio of Calgary captured a silver medal in the men’s 500m Saturday at the ISU Essent World Cup in Inzell, Germany.

Gilmore’s time of 35.02 seconds was eclipsed only by a 34.96 from Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands.

"I'm really happy with the result from today, a bit surprised maybe but I felt I still had some good skating left in me after Olympics,” Junio said.

Junio leads Canadian men with 10th-place
 showing in 500m at Olympic Games

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 10, 2014 – Gilmore Junio of Calgary was the top Canadian with a 10th-place finish in the men’s 500m at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Monday.

Junio’s two-race time of 70.25 seconds led the four Canadian men at Adler Arena. He had skates of 35.15 and 35.10. Junio will also compete in the 1000m in Sochi.

Jamie Gregg of Edmonton placed 11th in 70.27. William Dutton of Humboldt., Sask., was 14th in 70.448 and Muncef Ouardi of Quebec 25th in 70.997.

Gilmore Junio of Calgary 10th-place in Sochi FEB 10, 2014

Schussler 19th, Blondin 24th in women’s 3000m in Sochi

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 9, 2014 – Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 19th and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa 24th in the women’s 3000m on Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

It was Schussler’s first 3000m metres at the Olympic Games in her second Olympic appearance. The 1500m is her strongest distance. Her time Sunday was four minutes, 14.65 seconds.

“I’m the Canadian 3000m champion and proud of it, so I wanted to do really well out here today,” Schussler said.

Brittany Schussler

Giroux 22nd in men’s 5000m at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 8, 2014 – Mathieu Giroux placed 22nd in the men’s 5000m Saturday on the opening day of long track speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., skater finished in six minutes, 35.77 seconds. He will also skate the 1500m and men’s Team Pursuit events in Sochi.

"Today was a good race for me, to work the bugs out and get a feel for racing at the Games. The 5000m isn't my distance so now I can shift my focus to speed with the 1500m and the Team Pursuit," said Giroux.

Mathieu Giroux first Canadian long tracker in action in Sochi

Men’s 5,000m opens schedule Saturday, Feb. 8

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014 –  Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-trembles, Que., will be the first Canadian long track speed skater to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Giroux will skate in the men’s 5,000m metres on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 a.m ET/4:30 a.m. Mountain. It is the opening long track event of the Games.

Giroux is part of a 17-member Canadian long track team competing in Sochi. He will also skate as part of the men’s pursuit team on Feb. 21.

Mathieu Giroux Canadian long tracker Sochi  2014

Blais-Dufour, Henkelman selected to Canadian junior long track team

Calgary, Alberta, Jan. 31, 2014 – Geanne Blais-Dufour of Quebec and Jordan Henkelman of Calgary have been selected to Canada’s junior long track speed skating team for the upcoming world championships.

They join six previously identified Canadian 19-and-under skaters on the squad that will travel to Bjugn, Norway March 7-9.

Headlining the team are 2014 Canadian overall individual champions Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa and Daniel Dubreuil of Levis, Que. Weidemann and Dubreuil repeated as gold medalists at the national junior championships Jan. 24-25 in Saskatoon, Sask.