Canadian Short Track Speed Skating team aiming for 10 medals at the World Cup in Shanghai, China

Shanghai, December 9, 2015 – The Canadian Short Track Speed Skating team is in Shanghai, China, this weekend for the fourth World Cup of the season with the goal to win ten individual medals in order to achieve the goal of 16 for the two ISU World Cups in Asia.

Last weekend in Nagoya, Japan, Canada won six individual medals as well as bronze medals in the men’s and women’s relay events.

Three medals for the women
In Nagoya, Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, QC, extended her streak and won six individual medals in six events following her silver medal in the 1000m and a bronze medal in the 500m (2). This weekend in Shanghai, she will take part in the 500m and 1500m (1) and is looking to pursue her streak to eight medals out of eight.

The other medalist on the women’s side, Audrey Phaneuf of Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, will try to exceed her goals again. After her first-ever individual World Cup medal with a bronze in the 500m in Nagoya, the 19-year old skater is now looking to be among the top 8 in the 500m and in the 1000m by qualifying in the B final.

Valérie Maltais of La Baie, QC, and Namasthée Harris-Gauthier of Montreal (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough) are aiming to reach their two goals in Shanghai after succeeding in half of their objectives last weekend.

After she successfully took part in the 1500m A final where she took the fourth spot, Valérie Maltais is now hoping to be on the podium in the 1000m as well as qualifying in the 1500m (2) A final.

Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, who also achieved one of her goals by taking part in the 1500m B final, will also like to go as far in the two 1500m events to be held this weekend.

Kasandra Bradette of Saint-Félicien, QC, who didn’t qualify for the 500m (1) A final but finished second in the B final, is still looking to qualify for the 500m A final and to take part in the 1500m (1) B final.
Same thing for Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, QC, who, following her win in the 1500m B final, will aim for the A finals again but, this time, in the 1000m and 1500m (2) events.

Seven medals on the men’s side
A lot of work is awaiting the Canadian men as an objective of seven medals has been set in Shanghai to reach the goals for the two World Cups in Asia.

Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC, is looking to be on the podium in both the 1500m events following his gold medal in the 500m last weekend. A penalty in the 1000m A final however prevented him in reaching his goal of four podiums in four events in Asia.

François Hamelin, also from Sainte-Julie, QC, won his first-ever individual World Cup gold medal in the 500m. He also won a bronze medal in the second event of the weekend. So far, he exceeded his goals to be in both finals and this weekend, he is also looking to be in the A finals in the 500m and in the 1500m (1).

Pascal Dion of Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough) also had a satisfying weekend by taking part in the B final in one of the 500m B event while taking part in the quarterfinals in the second one. He will look to finish among the top eight again by taking part in the B final while qualifying for the quarterfinals this weekend in both the 1500m events.

Patrick Duffy of Oakville, ON, will take part in the 1000m and in the 1500m (1) and will aim to be at least once on the podium. Last weekend, Duffy was able to qualify in the 1500m B final, but did not reach his second goal after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the second 500m.

Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, QC, and Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, are looking for some revenge after their last weekend.

Cournoyer didn’t reach his goal of two medals as he finished second in the 1500m B final while being penalized in the 1000m quarterfinals. This weekend, he is looking to be on the podium in the 500m and 1000m in Shanghai.

Girard, finalist in the 1500m and eliminated in the 1000m quarterfinals, will aim to qualify in the A finals of the 500m and 1000m and to win medals.

Following the qualification rounds for all events set for Friday, December 11, repechage and final rounds in the first 1500m of the weekend and in the 1000m events as well as the relay semifinals will take place on Saturday, December 12. Repechage and final rounds for the second 1500m and the 500m as well as the relay finals will be held on Sunday, December 13.

Canada will be looking to continue to build on its great start to the season. The national team has won 24 medals in three World Cup stages so far, the same total as South Korea on top of overall medal rankings.

Members of the Canadian Team for World Cup #4 in Shanghai (December 11-13)

-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC) - 1000m, 1500m (2)
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC) - 500m, 1500m (1)
-HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée (Montreal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough, QC) - 1500m (1), 1500m (2)
-MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC) - 1000m, 1500m (2)
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) - 500m, 1000m
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC) - 500m, 1500m (1)

-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-DION, Pascal (Montreal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC) – 1500m (1), 1500m (2)
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON) – 1000m, 1500m (2)
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC) – 1500m (1), 1500m (2)
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC) - 500m, 1500m (1)

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