Canadian Short Track Team Confirmed for ISU World Cup Stops in Europe

Alphonse Ouimette will make his World Cup debut in Dresden; Charles Hamelin returns to the circuit after missing two events

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Speed Skating Canada is proud to announce the short track athletes nominated to represent Canada at the final two ISU World Cups of the 2019-2020 season. They’ll be in action from February 6-8 in Dresden, Germany and February 14-16 in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.), winner of eight World Cup medals so far this season, will be back in action. The triple Olympic medalist withdrew from the ISU Four Continents Championships in Montreal at the beginning of the month in order to rest her injured knee. Veteran national team member Charles Hamelin (Saint-Julie, Que.), who sat out the last two World Cups, will also make his return.

They will be joined by a pair of skaters who reached the overall podium at the inaugural Four Continents Championships in Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.) and Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.). Dubois and Sarault are also the only Canadians to reach the World Cup podium this season outside of Boutin, with a combined five individual distance medals to their names.

Meanwhile, Alphonse Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.) will make his World Cup debut in Dresden, becoming the first Ontario native to skate on the international circuit since Patrick Duffy and William Preudhomme did so during the 2016-17 season. The 24-year-old Ouimette will be replaced at the final event in Dordrecht by William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.), who is representing Canada at the ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Bormio, Italy this weekend.

The full list of athletes who will compete at the ISU World Cup Short Track events in Dresden and Dordrecht can be found below:

  • Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.)
  • Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.)
  • Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.)
  • Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.)
  • Claudia Gagnon (La Baie, Que.)
  • Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.) 
  • Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.)
  • Charles Hamelin (Saint-Julie, Que.)
  • Pascal Dion (Montréal, Que.)
  • Jordan Pierre-Gilles (Sherbrooke, Que.)
  • Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.)
  • Alphonse Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.)
  • William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.)

Together these skaters will look to build upon the Canadian team’s early season success, in which they’ve won 18 medals, including five in the relay events. The races from both World Cup competitions will be live streamed on CBC Sports.

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“I’m looking forward for the opportunity to prove to myself that I deserve to be there. I’ll be there to learn but also perform.” Alphonse Ouimette

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