TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement after Canadian athletes earned six world championship event top-three finishes, including a world title in short track speed skating as well as a silver medal in ski cross competition Sunday.
The short track speed skating team of Michael Gilday, (Yellowknife, NWT) Charles Hamelin, (Saint-Julie, QC) Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, QC) and Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, Que) earned the world title in the 5000m relay at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, following a pair of third-place finishes from Hamelin in the 3000m and 1000m individual events.
After securing second place in the 3000m individual event, St. Félicien, QC’s Marianne St-Gelais led her relay team in that same distance to capture a silver medal with Marie-Ève Drolet, (Laterrière, QC) Valérie Maltais (La Baie, QC) and Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops, BC).
Hamelin also finished third in the overall classification, to bolster a seven, top-3 event total for Canada at these championships.
At the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, Norway, Whistler B.C.’s Marielle Thompson earned a silver medal in ski cross, boosting Canada’s total medal tally at that championships to 10.
“This kind of consistency is undeniably world class. Our athletes have shown the world again they not only belong at the top, but they deserve to stay there. On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I’m very proud to congratulate them as they continue to elevate their performances in world championship competition less than a year away from the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.”
– Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“What a fantastic weekend for our athletes. These results are indeed the building blocks for a season of committed hard work ahead as we strive together to stay atop the world. I’m incredibly proud of what our skaters and skiers have accomplished.”
– Jean-Luc Brassard, Canadian Olympic Team Assistant Chef de Mission, Sochi 2014
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