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Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais pick up third victories each at Fall Short Track ISU World Cups Selections

Francois Hamelin, Valérie Maltais win first races of trials with victories in Saturday's 1,000m

Calgary, September 20, 2014 –  Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais  won their third races of Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Short Track ISU World Cups Selections in Calgary on Saturday while François Hamelin and Valérie Maltais won their first race of the weekend.
 

St-Gelais, Hamelin have strong starts to Olympic quadrennial

Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin swept the opening day events Friday at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Short Track World Cups Selections at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., won the women’s 500m and 1500m while Hamelin, the 2014 Winter Olympic champion in the 1,500, captured both men’s races at those same distances.

St-Gelais edged Kasandra Bradette, who is from the same home town, at the line to win the 500. Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, QC - La Baie., was third. Maltais and Bradette swapped places in the 1,500 final.

Canada’s Best Short Track Speed Skaters kick-off new Olympic cycle in Calgary

Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais among many Olympians at the Fall World Cups Selections in Calgary

Calgary, September 11, 2014 – The best short track speed skaters in the country will be at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, September 19-21, for Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Short Track ISU World Cups Selections.

Vincent Cournoyer announces his retirement from speed skating

Boucherville, September 15, 2014 – Vincent Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, announced today he is retiring from short track speed skating.
 
The 25-year-old took part in the Winter Universiade in 2011 in Turkey and in 2013 in Italy where he won two silver medals in the men's relay event. At the 2014 Olympic Trials, he finished 7th in the overall ranking. He also represented Canada at the ISU Short Track World Cups #5 and #6 in 2013 and at the Short Track World Junior Championships in 2008.
 

Calgary’s Olympic Oval to welcome the best skaters in the world and in the country in 2014-2015

Calgary, September 9, 2014 – The 2015 ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships will highlight Speed Skating Canada’s busy schedule at Calgary’s Olympic Oval this winter as the facility will present eight international and national speed skating short and long track events.
 

Daniel Dubreuil and Sébastien Gagnon recipients of the ‘Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ Program

Toronto, Ontario – Long Track speed skater Daniel Dubreuil (Lévis, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, QC) and his coach Gregor Jelonek and Short Track speed skater Sébastien Gagnon (Sainte-Anne-Des-Plaines, QC) and his coach Laurent Daignault are amongst the recipients of a Petro-Canada Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) funding. Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, annually awards 50 athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their sport dreams. 

Brian Rahill returns to Speed Skating Canada as High Performance Director

Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Rahill as High Performance Director of both its short track and long track programs. Based in Ottawa, he will begin work Monday, September 22.
 

Short Track Speed Skater and two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet expecting first child

Short track speed skater and two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet from Saguenay, Que., announced today she is expecting her first child at the end of January.

Drolet, 32, won a bronze medal in the Women’s Relay event at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and a silver medal in the same event in 2014 in Sochi.

“This is a great news for me and my partner”, said Drolet. “My pregnancy is going great so far and I cross my fingers that everything will go well until the baby arrives.”

Short Track Speed Skater Valérie Maltais will represent Canada… in inline skates

The Olympic medalist will represent Canada at the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico

Montreal, July 10, 2014 – A few months prior to the beginning of a new Olympic cycle in Short Track Speed Skating, 2014 Olympic Games silver medalist in the Women Team Relay event, Valérie Maltais, will continue her preparation by representing Canada in Mexico but in inline skates.

The athlete from Saguenay (borough La Baie), QC, will take part in the inline speed skating events at the Pan American Sports Festival held in Puebla, Mexico, July 16-19.

Brittany Schussler announces her retirement from speed skating

Winnipeg, July 8, 2014 – Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler, who represented Canada at three Olympic Games, announced today she is retiring from long track speed skating.

The 29-year-old has competed internationally for 13 seasons and this past year was named Speed Skating Canada’s top female long track skater. She made the announcement today on her website, www.brittanyschussler.com.

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