Chinese skater returns to short track competitive circuit

Chunlu Wang of China marked her return to competitive short track speed skating with a top placement on day two of the Olympic Oval Short Track Invitational II.

In the men’s competition, Anthony Lobello of the United States skated the fast time of day, clocking 42.205 second in the 500-metre race.

A past world champion and Olympic medalist, Wang has decided to return to her sport and train at the Olympic Oval. Retiring after the Salt Lake City Olympics – where she picked up a bronze medal in the 500 metre and a silver in the Womens’ 3000-metre relay – Wang is excited about the opportunity training in Canada brings.

“My goal is to return to my personal best,” says Wang. “I have visited the Oval a number of times for competitions and have always been impressed with the great quality of ice and the friendly people.”

Wang’s top time for the day was 45.433. “It’s still a bit lower than my best of 44.3 seconds,” she says. “I still need to work hard.”

She will find lots of support for dedicated training with her new coaches at the Olympic Oval.

“No matter what level the athlete is performing at, our goal is to bring them to their potential,’ says Yvon De Blois, Senior Short Track Oval Program Coach. “We take a team approach to coaching, supporting the athletes as they progress.”

The Olympic Oval Program continues to be an option for top international skaters. Short Track skaters from China, Japan and United States are currently training with the top Canadian skaters.

Day three of the Oval Invitational II begins at 9:30 a.m. with the 1000-metre races. Admission is free to the public. The Olympic Oval is located at the University of Calgary.

For more information, contact:

Yvonne Turgeon
Olympic Oval Communications
(403) 210-8568