Young talent shines at Canada Post Cup #3

Canadian Junior Champion Justine L’Heureux posted an impressive time to take home a silver medal in the Ladies’ 1500 metre event at day one the Canada Post Cup #3 competition at Olympic Oval in Calgary.

The fifteen year old speed skater, who hails from Quebec, raced to an Olympic Trials standard time of two minutes and 1.96 seconds. National team member Kerry Simpson of Melville Saskatchewan took first place with a time of 1.59.93. Ontario’s Tiffany Hughes finished third in 2.03.25.

In the Ladies’ 500-metre, Simpson picked up another first place win, finishing the sprint in 39.34 seconds. Second and third went to Alberta’s Sarah Smith (39.66) and Danielle Wotherspoon (39.93).

Quebec racers topped the leader’s board in the men’s 500 metre. First place went to Eric Brisson who raced in 36.06 seconds, followed by teammates Roberge Francois-Olivier (36.23) and Jean-Rene Belanger (36.28).

Phillippe Marois, also from Quebec, took home gold in the men’s 1500 metre (1.48.11). B.C.’s Jay Morrison and Calgary’s Dustin Molicki finished a close second (1.48.42) and third (1.48.64).

The competition is the final national ranking for Canadian speed skaters, determining placement for development and national teams leading into next year’s Olympic season.

Day two of Canada Post Cup #3 begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Olympic Oval. Admission is free.

For more information, contact:

Yvonne Turgeon

Olympic Oval Communications

(403) 210-8568