Canadian Roundup: An extraordinary weekend for athletes
Feature photo: Charles Hamelin celebrates a gold medal in Shanghai on December 12, 2015.
This was an extraordinary weekend.
Top results from the past three days include record-breaking performances and multiple assaults on World Cup standings. Follow the links for more details from each of the teasers below of major accolades from Team Canada athletes everywhere over the last three days.
If he wasn’t already, Olympic silver medallist Mikaël Kingsbury can now officially lay claim to being the best-ever moguls skier in FIS World Cup history, winning his 29th career title on Saturday in Ruka among two Canadian medals from Finland.
Chris Del Bosco is on top of the FIS men’s ski cross World Cup standings after finishing first and third at two events in Val Thorens, France, leading an exciting two days for Alpine Canada’s ski cross racers.
Double Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won her second bobsleigh race of the season in three races with brakeman Melissa Lotholz on Friday. Humphries leads the BMW IBSF World Cup standings as the top female pilot as the tour moves from Germany to North America.
Long track speed skating
Alex Boisvert-Lacroix solidified his charge for the 500-metre ISU World Cup overall title with a pair of podium finishes this weekend in Heerenveen, where Speed Skating Canada won four medals. Next World Cup stop is in Stavanger, Norway from January 29 to 31.
Short track speed skating
Olympian Valerie Maltais got on the podium three times – twice individually, once for gold – at the ISU World Cup in Shanghai, where the short track team from Speed Skating Canada took home eight medals. Skaters get a small break for the holidays before going back to training for the next stop in Dresden, Germany from February 5 to 7.
Ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were golden at the ISU Grand Prix Final in Barcelona on Saturday, a day after Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford had their nine-competition winning streak broken with a silver medal in pairs.
Snowboard and freestyle ski
Mark McMorris led the Canadian contingent over the weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado where he won the men’s slopestyle. Fellow Olympian Spencer O’Brien took second place in the women’s competition among the four podium spots Canadians won in snowboard and freestyle skiing.
At a race walking championship in Australia – an event that doubled as an Olympic time qualifier – Evan Dunfee won and broke the 34-year-old 50km Canadian race walking record in three hours, 43 minutes and 45 seconds.