Canadian Short Track Speed Skating team aiming for 16 medals at the two Asian World Cups

The Canadian Short Track Speed Skating team has set a goal to come back from the next two ISU World Cups in Asia, December 4-6 in Nagoya, Japan, and December 11-13 in Shanghai, China, with a total of 16 individual medals.

At the third World Cup stage of the season, which will be held this weekend in Japan, Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, QC, will aim to pursue her streak of podium finishes. So far this season, she has won a medal in all four individual events in which she has taken part, as well as a silver medal in the women’s relay event in Montreal.

Sitting in first place of 500m overall World Cup rankings after two stages, St-Gelais will be looking to be on the podium for this weekend's first 500m event, as well as in the 1000m race.

Other members of the women’s national team will be looking to take part in the A final of their respective events, including Valérie Maltais of La Baie, QC, and Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, QC, in the 1500m, Kasandra Bradette of Saint-Félicien, QC, in the 500m (1), and Audrey Phaneuf of Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, who will vye for a top-4 and a top-8 result in the weekend's two 500m events.

Some skaters will aim to at least qualify for the B final, including Maltais and Boutin in the 500m (2), Bradette in the 1000m, and Namasthée Harris-Gauthier of Montreal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough, QC, in the 1000m and 1500m. Harris-Gauthier will be skating in the third and fourth World Cups stages of her career.

The men out to win 11 medals
On the men’s side, Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC, and Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, QC, will be looking to be on the podium in every one of the four individual events they will each be skating in over the next two World Cup stages, in Nagoya and Shanghai.

At World Cup #3 this weekend, Charles Hamelin will take part in the 500m (1) and 1000m events, while Cournoyer will be in the 1000m and 1500m races. Cournoyer and Hamelin are respectively second and third in 1000m overall World Cup rankings. They both have won a gold medal so far this season in this event – Hamelin in Montreal and Cournoyer in Toronto.

Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, who leads the 500m overall rankings following the gold medal he won in Toronto, will take part in the 1000m and 1500m events. He will be looking for two podium finishes and to take part in two other A finals in Nagoya and Shanghai.

Patrick Duffy of Oakville, ON, will aim to be on the podium at least once and to take part in another A final and two B finals over the next two World Cups. In Nagoya, he will be at the starting line for the 500m (2) and 1500m events.

François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC, who won his first-ever medal (a bronze) at a World Cup 1500m event at the Toronto stage, will be looking to qualify for the A finals in each of his four individual events in Asia. In Nagoya, he will be skating in the two 500m events.

Pascal Dion from Montreal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC, will take part in his first-ever World Cups. The 21-year-old skater will aim to be among the top eight and to qualify for at least two quarterfinals at the two events scheduled in Asia. In Nagoya, he will skate in the two 500m events.

Following the qualification rounds for all events set for Friday, December 4, in Nagoya, repechage and final rounds in the first 500m of the weekend and in the 1500m events as well as the relay semifinals will take place on Saturday, December 5. Repechage and final rounds for the second 500m and the 1000m as well as the relay finals will be held on Sunday, December 6.

Canada will be looking to continue to build on its great start to the season. The national team has won 16 medals in two World Cup stages so far, the same total as South Korea, which stands on top of overall medal rankings.

Members of the Canadian Team for World Cup #3 in Nagoya (December 4-6)

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

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

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