2013 Winter Universiade Team Canada recap & results: Day 10 (December 19)

Winter Universiade: Short Track Speed Skating Canada claims two silver medals, pair of Universiade records

TRENTINO, Italy – Speed skaters Caroline Truchon of Saguenay, Que., and Patrick Duffy of Oakville, Ont., claimed silver medals in the 500-metre events on Thursday as Canada also set a pair of Universiade records on the second day of short track competition at the 26th winter world university games.
It was the third short track medal in 24 hours for Canada in Trentino, following a third-place finish by Yoan Gauthier of Rivière-du-Loup, Qué., in Wednesday’s men’s 1500m.

2013 Winter Universiade Team Canada recap & results: Day 9 (December 18)

TRENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Short track speed skater Yoan Gauthier claimed Canada’s first medal of the 26th Winter Universiade on Wednesday thanks to a third-place finish in the men’s 1500-metre.

Winter Universiade: Gauthier claims bronze in men’s 1500m

TRENTINO, Italy – Speed skater Yoan Gauthier of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., claimed Canada’s first medal at the 26th Winter Universiade thanks to a third-place finish in the men’s 1500-metre on the opening day of the short track competition, Wednesday.
In the final, Gauthier, a veteran of two junior world championships (2012, 2013), crossed the finish line in 2:17.742, just behind South Koreans Noh Jin-Kyu (2:16.810) and Um Cheon-Ho (2:16.852).

Charles Hamelin Voted Air Canada Athlete of the Year

Air Canada today announced Canadian short track speed skater Charles Hamelin has been voted the winner of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award in a national on-line poll. 

Canadian Women will be seeded third in Sochi in Team Pursuit

Canada has qualified a women’s Pursuit Team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in long-track speed skating. A Canadian trio finished fifth on Sunday in the final international event before the Winter Olympic Games. Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Kali Christ of Regina posted a six-lap time of 3:02.81.

The Canadian men’s long-track speed skating pursuit team skated its final race here Saturday prior to attempting to defending its Olympic title at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February.

Canada was eighth in Berlin with a time of three minutes, 46.80 seconds in the six-lap event. The Netherlands took gold, followed by Korea and Poland.

Positive results for Canadians at World Cup in Berlin Final competitive outings prior to Intact Insurance Speed Skating Trials in Calgary, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 6, 2013 – The challenge in an Olympic year is that athletes often push themselves too hard in search of the final performance improvements for the Games. Canadian long-track speed skater Ivanie Blondin believes she may have done that earlier this fall. After a disappointing start to the World Cup schedule, the 23-year-old is feeling positive after her best 3000m showing since 2011 here on Friday with her third-place finish in the B group at the Essent ISU World Cup in Germany.

Canadian long-track speed skaters continue Olympic preparations. Ten athletes competing in Germany at World Cup event Dec. 6-8

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 5, 2013 – Ten members of Speed Skating Canada’s long-track team continue Olympic preparations here this week at the fourth event on the Essent ISU World Cup schedule. The competition runs Dec. 6-8 at the Speed Skating Hall Sportforum.

The contingent includes Canada’s most recent World Cup podium finisher, Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, who won a bronze medal in the 1500m on Nov. 30 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Also in Berlin are Marsha Hudey and Kali Christ, who are both from Regina, Kaylin Irvine of Calgary and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa.

Kaylin Irvine posts best World Cup finish in 1000m at Astana, Kazakhstan Calgarian finishes 12th on final day of season’s third event

Astana, Kazakstan, Dec.