Canadians Capture Three Medals on Opening Day of Inaugural Four Continents Championships

Ladies Team Sprint is golden; Brooklyn McDougall and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix win silver in 500m

MILWAUKEE, USA - On the first day of the inaugural ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships, Canadian athletes collected two individual and one team medal. Brooklyn McDougall found herself on the podium twice with a silver in the 500m and a gold in the Team Sprint alongside Noémie Fiset and Maddison Pearman. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix also finished second in the 500m.
 
The medals marked the first two senior international recognitions of McDougall’s career. The native of Calgary skated a time of 38.533 in the 500m to come second only to Korea’s Min Sun Kim. Kim’s teammate Hyun-Yung Kim rounded out the podium.
 
In the Team Sprint, McDougall joined forces with Fiset (Quebec City, QC) and Pearman (Ponoka, AB) to cross the line in a winning time of 1:29.82. They were joined on the podium by the teams from Korea and China. The Canadian skaters in the men’s Team Sprint finished in fourth place.
 
Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, QC) skated in the final pair of the men’s 500m and finished second behind his pair-mate, Korean Joon-Ho Kim, with a time of 34.730. Roman Krech of Kazakhstan captured the bronze medal, one hundredth of a second ahead of Canadian Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC).
 
The ISU Four Continents Championships continues on Saturday with the 1500m and Mass Start events for both men and ladies. The competition will be streamed live on CBC Sports beginning at 14:00 ET.

QUOTES

"I feel pretty amazing right now, winning my first silver medal. I’ve gained a lot of confidence over the past few days here in Milwaukee, trusting my skating ability and trusting my preparation for this competition. It’s always so much fun doing a team event, because it holds a different atmosphere when you’re skating and I’m proud of the girls for our gold medal [in the Team Sprint] today." 

– Brooklyn McDougall

"I am very happy to have captured the silver medal today. There were at least ten good skaters in the 500m, and in five of ten years no one will remember who was at this competition. So the fact that the Japanese didn't send their A Team doesn't make a difference to me. I am happy with my race; it was very fast, no matter who was here. I have a feeling that I will be very explosive and fast in Salt Lake City for the World Single Distance Championships."

– Alex Boisvert-Lacroix

ADDITIONAL CANADIAN RESULTS

  • Lindsay Kent (Winnipeg, BC) - 4th in 3000m
  • Noémie Fiset (Quebec City, QC) - 7th in 500m
  • Jacob Graham (Dawson Creek, BC) - 7th in 500m
  • Kaleb Muller (Cranford, AB) - 7th in 5000m
  • Jake Weidemann (Ottawa, ON) - 8th in 5000m
  • Hayden Mayeur (Toronto, ON) - 9th in 5000m
  • Alexa Scott (Clandeboye, MB) - 10th in 500m