McGuire & Waples winners at Canada Cup 4

Lauren McGuire and Stefan Waples winners at Canada Cup 4

– On the first day of the Canada Cup #4 competition at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Lauren McGuire of Ontario won the 3,000 metres and Stefan Waples took the 5,000-metre title.

Only 0.26 seconds separated the winner from third spot as McGuire won in a time of four minutes and 16.34 seconds. Brianne Tutt of Alberta came in second in 4:16.37 and B.C.’s Tori Spence was third in 4:16.60. They were also the top three skaters for the Oval Finale competition, which is being run concurrently.

For the men’s 5,000 metres, the top three Canadians were Waples of Manitoba, taking first in 6:32.90. Second place went to Leo Landry of Quebec (6:36.52) and B.C.’s Alec Janssens was third (6:37.78). American Joey Mantia won the Oval Finale in 6:28.50, followed by Italians Andrea Giovannini (6:29.37) and Marco Cignini (6:29.62).

More than 100 women and 200 men are competing in the five-day Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4. Skaters are coming from across Canada, as well as Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 15: Women’s first 500 and 1,000 metres; Men’s first 500 metres
Friday, March 16: Women’s second 500 and 5,000 metres; Men’s first 1,000 and 10,000 metres
Saturday, March 17: Women’s second 1,000 metres; Men’s second 500 and 1,000 metres
Sunday, March 18: Women’s 1,500 metres and mass start; Men’s 1,500 metres and mass start

The four Canada Cups are key events throughout the season used to determine national rankings for positions on the Canadian national junior and development teams.