The 12 members of the Canadian short track speed skating team qualified for the final round of their two individual events this weekend at the World Cup in Dresden, Germany.
On Friday, in qualifying, Canadian skaters demonstrated their form by recording the fastest times of the day in all events, with the exception of the men’s 1,500 and relays. On the women’s side, Marie-Ève Drolet (Laterrière), celebrating her 35th birthday, won her qualifying races in the two 1500m schedules this weekend.
“I am satisfied with my day. I skated well and managed my stress well. I won my races in a very good way, as I wanted, “said Laterroise who aims for a qualification in the two big finals, including a podium. “I felt good on the ice today and I’m confident my goals are achievable. ”
Drolet will be accompanied by Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke) and Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien), in the semi-final round of the first 1500m event on Saturday, as well as Boutin and Valérie Maltais (La Baie) -finals of the second 1500m event on Sunday. Like Drolet, Boutin aims for a place in the two big finals and a medal.
Valérie Maltais will also be in action in the 1000m quarter-final on Saturday with Marianne Saint-Gelais (Saint-Félicien) and Jamie Macdonald (British Columbia). The latter, which aims to skate in the final rounds of its two events, will also be in the quarterfinals in the 500m on Sunday with the two Félicinoises.
Marianne Saint-Gelais, the senior Canadian 2017 champion, is set to take the podium in both events, winning six individual medals in four World Cups this season.
On the men’s side, Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau will try to climb twice on the podium after the 1500m events on Saturday and the 500m on Sunday. He will be accompanied by Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie) and Pascal Dion (Montreal). Hamelin has two presences in the finals, including a medal.
Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville), senior Canadian champion in 2017, set out to win two medals this weekend by qualifying for the quarter-finals of the 1,000m on Saturday and the second 1500m race on Sunday. , Winning his two races of qualifying rounds.
François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie) and Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup) qualified for the same distance.
In the relay, Canada qualified for the semifinals on Saturday, both men and women, each winning their race in the qualifying round.