This article was originally published on the Speed Skating Canada website.
Veterans short track speed skaters and Olympic medalists will clash with young guns who shone in the World Cups last fall aiming to qualify for the 2015 Short Track World Championships, two winter World Cups, or the Winter Universiade at the Canadian Senior Championships, January 16-18, at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal.
In the Olympic medalists corner, Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, Charle Cournoyer, François Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille will use their experience to attempt to represent Canada again in an international competition this winter.
Younger skaters who performed well at World Cups last fall will aim to get their spot now in this new Olympic cycle, including Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Patrick Duffy, Yoan Gauthier, Samuel Girard, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Joanie Gervais, Audrey Phaneuf, William Preudhomme and Courtney Shmyr.
Twenty four of the best male and female skaters in the country for a total of 48 athletes will take part in the competition starting Friday, January 16, with the 1,500m event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 500m event will be held Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.. The last day of competition, Sunday, will showcase the 1,000m event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the 3,000m event from 3-3:30 p.m. and the relay events from 3:45-4 p.m.
These athletes qualified for this event at the fall World Cups Selections in September in Calgary or through their performances at the National Qualifier in December 2014 in Montreal.
Admission is $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.
Webcasted on RDS.ca
RDS will webcast the entire competition of the Canadian Senior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, in collaboration with TVGO.
Fans are invited to go on the www.rds.ca, upon the competitions schedule held live at the Maurice-Richard Arena.
Short Track World Championships
A team including five men and five women will represent Canada at the Short Track World Championships March 13-15 in Moscow.
The team will be selected based on their performance at the Fall World Cups Selections or at the National Qualifier (20%) and Canadian Senior Championships (80%). The first four athletes of this combined ranking will be selected plus one discretionary choice by the coaches and Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track High Performance Committee. This athlete will be ranked between fifth and 12th and will take part in World Cup #5 and/or #6.
World Cups #5 and #6
For the World Cups #5 and #6, held in Dresden, Germany, February 6-8, and Erzurum, Turkey, February 13-15, Speed Skating Canada will select a total of six women and six men, including athletes qualified for the World Championships.
For the Winter Universiade, held in Granada, Spain February 8-10, five men and women will be selected, including three based on their best two distances — except the 3000m — at the Canadian Senior Championships.
These athletes will not take part in the World Championships or in an individual distance at the World Junior Championships. They also need to be currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute or have graduated from a post-secondary institution within a year of the event.
Other positions will be discretionary choices and will include alternates for the World Championships or the athlete ranked as the fourth one for the World Junior Championships if they rank within top 16 in the ranking.
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.