Hein Otterspeer, centre, of the Netherlands, celebrates his victory with second place finisher Canada's Laurent Dubreuil, left, and third place finisher Canada's Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu on the podium following the men's 1000-metre competition at the ISU World Cup speed skating event in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntoshTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Double podium for Dubreuil and Gélinas-Beaulieu at Calgary World Cup

After skating to two gold and one silver on Friday and Saturday, Team Canada added two more medals on Sunday to conclude the third stop of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating circuit in Calgary. 

Laurent Dubreuil returned to the Calgary Olympic Oval to secure silver in the men’s 1000m final with a time of 1 minute and 7.307 seconds.

Teammate Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu clocked 1:07.325 to join Dubreuil on the podium in third position. Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands (1:07.284) finished ahead of the Canadians with gold.

This is the first of two straight speed skating World Cups in Calgary. Canadians will be back in action December 16-18, 2022 for the fourth World Cup of the season.

Two gold medals on day two!

Laurent Dubreuil and the Canadian women’s team pursuit won gold on the second day of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

In the 500m final, Dubreuil was the first to cross the line in 34.017 seconds. He finished 0.17 seconds ahead of Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama. Korean Jun-Ho Kim rounded out the podium with bronze and a time of 34.198.

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This is Dubreuil’s second straight 500m victory on the World Cup circuit. The reigning 500m World Cup champion got his first gold of the 2022-23 season in November at the ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Dubreuil also received a 500m silver earlier this season from the Stavanger World Cup.

The second gold medal of the day for Canada went to the team of Ivanie Blondin, Valérie Maltais and Isabelle Weidemann. The Olympic team pursuit champions crossed the line in 2:54.492.

The Canadians finished 4.18 seconds ahead of Japan (2:57.675). The American team competed the podium with bronze (2:57.958).

In other results, Graeme Fish finished 10th in the men’s 5000m final. In the women’s 1500m final, Blondin finished in sixth position with a time of 1:53.860. Béatrice Lamarche finished 14th.

Canada wins men’s team pursuit silver

In front of a home crowd in Calgary on Friday, the team of Connor Howe, Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu and Hayden Mayeur raced to silver in the men’s team pursuit on the opening day of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup.

The Canadian men crossed the line with a time of 3:36.485 at the Olympic Oval. They finished the 8-lap race just four one-hundredths of a second off the Canadian national record of 3:36.44, established by Ted-Jan Bloemen, Denny Morrison and Ben Donnelly in 2017. Friday’s result was even more impressive considering it was the first time the trio skated the team pursuit together. 

Only the American team finished ahead, with a time of 3:35.925. The Norwegian team completed the podium with bronze in 3:39.887.

“It gives us lots of encouragement,” Howe said following the race. “This year we’re trying out new things a bit, a new team with middle-distance guys to get to speed easier. If you can’t start fast enough, you can’t make up the time.”

“It seems to be working. If we think that’s good we’ll work on that towards the next Olympics and be better contenders.”

It was a milestone World Cup medal for both Gélinas-Beaulieu and Mayeur. Gélinas-Beaulieu captured his first in the distance, while Mayeur reached the World Cup podium for the first time in his career.

In other results, Howe posted a time of 1:43.682 to finish sixth in the men’s 1500m final. In the women’s 3000m event, two-time Olympic medallist Ivanie Blondin finished just off the podium in fourth position with a time of 3:59.747. Valérie Maltais finished sixth in 4:01.870.