Speed Skating Canada presents its National Team for the fifth Short Track ISU World Cup of the season in Germany

Speed Skating Canada presents its National Team for the fifth Short Track ISU World Cup of the season in Germany
DRESDEN, Germany, Feb. 4, 2015 – Speed Skating Canada announced today its lineup for the fifth and second to last Short Track ISU World Cup of the 2014-2015 season to be held in Dresden, Germany, Feb. 6-8.
Canada's national team has won 17 medals including two gold, six silver and nine bronze at the four World Cups so far this season.
Marianne St-Gelais will look to win a medal at a fifth consecutive World Cup. Following her gold medal in 1000m and bronze in 500m and in relay events in Salt Lake City, she won a silver medal in 500m in Montreal. In Asia, the triple Olympic medalist won a silver medal in 500m, bronze in 1000m and in women's relay in Shanghai, then a gold medal in 1000m in Seoul.
Charles Hamelin has reached the podium four times so far this season.
The World Cup in Dresden will be the first international competition this season for the 30-year-old veteran skater Olivier Jean from Lachenaie, QC. The Olympic gold medalist in the relay event in Vancouver in 2010 and 2014 Olympian decided to not take part in the Fall World Cups Selections in September and the four first World Cups of the season to complete his university studies in kinesiology.
The Dresden competition will also be a first for Genève Bélanger as she will take part in the first international senior competition of her career. The 17-year-old skater from Montreal also qualified for the World Senior Championships in Moscow in March.
Following International Skating Union rules, competitors may only participate in one individual event each day of the World Cup. One distance is always held twice at each World Cup, so that by the end of the season each distance is held eight times. In Dresden, the 1500m event will be held twice.
Members of the Canadian Short Track Team for the World Cup #5 in Dresden, Germany:
- BÉLANGER, Genève (Montréal,
  borough. Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, QC):    1500m (1), 1500m (2)
- BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC):    1000m, 1500m (2)
- BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC):    500m, 1000m
- MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, borough La Baie, QC):    1500m (1), 1500m (2)
- PHANEUF, Audrey (Boucherville, QC):    500m, 1500m (2)
- ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC):    500m, 1000m
- BASTILLE, Guillaume (Rivière-du-Loup, QC):    500m, 1500m (1)
- DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON) :              1000m, 1500m (2)
- GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC):         1000m, 1500m (2)
- HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC):    1000m, 1500m (2)
- HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC):    500m, 1500m (1)
- JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC):    500m, 1500m (1)
Friday, February 6
Preliminaries and qualifying rounds:
Women and Men: 500m, 1000m, 1500m (1), 1500 (2), Relay
Saturday, February 7
Final Rounds: 1000m (Women and Men), 1500m (1) (Women and Men)
Men and Women Relay: Semi-Finals
Sunday, February 8
Final Rounds: 500m (Women and Men), 1500m (2) (Women and Men)
Men and Women Relay: Finals
Final World Cups of the season is scheduled for Feb. 13-15 in Erzurum, Turkey.
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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Jeff MacKinnon   
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