Turkish delight for short track team with seven medals
The short track speed skating team followed up its three-medal Saturday with four more on Sunday at a World Cup event in Erzurum, Turkey.
Kim Boutin (in feature photo) won her second medal of the weekend, taking the bronze in the 1000m on Sunday. The previous day she won her first career individual World Cup medal in the 1500m, another third place finish.
Shut out of the podium on Saturday, the men got on the board in the second day of competition with a pair of bronze medals. Charles Hamelin in the 500m and Patrick Duffy in the 1000m made the podium for Team Canada. For Duffy, like Boutin, it was a benchmark weekend with a first individual medal on this stage.
The fourth bronze medal of the final day came in the women’s 3000m relay. It is the fourth time in six races this season the women’s relay team has found the World Cup podium.
The short track speed skating team has enjoyed a delightful Saturday in Turkey with three World Cup medals.
As the tour headed to Erzurum in eastern Turkey, Marianne St-Gelais continued her dazzling form in the 2014-15 season. The Olympian captured her eighth individual World Cup medal of the season with a silver medal in the 1500m, ahead of teammate Kim Boutin who took the bronze.
It is the fourth time this season that St-Gelais finished second in the World Cup, to go with a gold and three bronze medal positions. For Boutin, it is her first individual World Cup medal of the season and career. Italy’s Arianna Fontana edged out the two Canadians for gold.
Canada’s third medal of the day in Erzurum came from Kasandra Bradette in the 1000m. The silver was Bradette’s second individual World Cup medal of the season. She had previously skated to third in the 500m at the Shanghai event in December.
All three Canadian women could return to the podium on Sunday in the 3000m relay.