Valérie Maltais and Connor Howe bring home national titles in Mass Start
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – Kim Boutin and Steven Dubois were crowned this year’s Canadian short track champions, concluding three long competition days at the Canadian Speed Skating Championships in Quebec City. It was the third consecutive national titles of their respective careers.
Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.) earned four medals – three gold and one silver – to finish the weekend with 19,000 points, placing her 1,800 points clear of second-place finisher Courtney Sarault.
Boutin won both individual distances on Sunday, finishing the 500m-2 in 43.665 and the 1000m-2 in 1:37.438. The four-time Olympic medalist was joined on the 500m podium by Renée Steenge (43.758) and Rikki Doak (43.848), and by Sarault (1:38.007) and Steenge (1:38.162) in the 1000m.
On the men’s side, Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.) topped the leaderboard with 20,000 points thanks to four gold medals, two in the 500m and one in both the 1000m and 1500m. He finished the competition with a 3,000-point cushion over his closest competitor, Pascal Dion.
Dubois (40.574) bested Maxime Laoun (40.807) and Mathieu Pelletier (41.852) in the 500m, then defeated Dion (1:28.394) and Félix Roussel (1:28.501) in the 1000m, crossing the finish line in 1:28,271.
Canada’s short track team kicks off their international season with the ISU World Cup Short Track in Montreal, which will take place October 28-30 at the Maurice Richard Arena. Tickets are now on-sale, with single-day passes starting at $9.95 for kids and $24.95 for adults, and weekend passes ranging from $19.95 for kids and $34.95 for adults.
Valérie Maltais and Connor Howe bring home national titles in mass start
Valérie Maltais and Connor Howe were crowned national champions in the Mass Start on the final day of long track racing, their first of their respective careers in the distance.
Maltais (La Baie, Que.) crossed the finish line in 8:49.716, narrowly outstretching Maddison Pearman (8:49.721) for the top spot. Quebec City’s Béatrice Lamarche (8:50.710) brought home the bronze medal – her third of the weekend – in front of her hometown crowd.
Yesterday’s 1500m champion Howe (7:49.623) was the winner of an exciting men’s final – one that included many lead changes and falls from contenders Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu and Graeme Fish, among others. The Canmore native was joined on the podium by Hayden Mayeur (7:49.880) and Jake Weidemann (7:49.913).
The international long track season get’s underway this November, with World Cup stops in Norway and the Netherlands, before returning to Canada for three straight competitions in December. The ISU Four Continents Championships will take place in Quebec City from December 2-4, follow by World Cups 3 and 4 in Calgary, the weekends of December 9-11 and 16-18.