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Samuel Girard and Marianne St-Gelais each come up with two wins to conclude the 2016 Short Track Fall World Cup Selections

Montreal, September 25, 2016 – Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, and Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, QC, came out on top in every event that took place on the last day of the 2016 Short Track Fall World Cup Selections, Sunday, at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montréal, namely in the 500m and the 1000m distances.

In each of the men's races, Samuel Girard finished ahead of Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, to earn his first victories of the weekend. Before Sunday, the skater who won a silver medal in the 1000m at last spring's World Championships had come up with only one top-3 result, in Friday's 1500m.

“It was a big comeback”, said Samuel Girard, age 21. “After the first two days, I told myself that I needed to show what I can do.”

“The highlight of my weekend remains my win in the 1000m, however,” added Girard, who finished ahead of Charles Hamelin by only five thousandths of a second in that distance. “I went way out of my comfort zone by starting out last to finally end up finishing first. I learned from the mistakes I made over the weekend, and I come out of this competition with a positive outlook.”

Pascal Dion of Montréal (Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles borough), QC, and Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, respectively took third place in the 500m and 1000m races.

On the women's side, Marianne St-Gelais tallied her fourth and fifth wins of the weekend, out of a total of six events, by finishing first of the second 500m and 1000m races scheduled at the three-day competition.

Marie-Ève Drolet of Saguenay (Chicoutimi borough), QC, was second in the 500m, followed by Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Félicien, QC. Drolet subsequently earned third place in the 1000m, while Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, QC was second.

Five top-3 results in six races for Marie-Ève Drolet

After giving birth to a girl in January of 2015, Marie-Ève Drolet earned her way back on the international scene, this weekend, as she finished among the top-3 in five of the six races that were scheduled.

“I'm happy with my weekend,” said the 34-year-old skater who won medals at the 2002 and 2014 Olympic Games. “My attitude was good and I tried to have fun, and it paid off. I was consistent throughout the competition and I reached my goal of finishing among the top three skaters in overall standings. But I'm mostly happy with the way I managed my stress level. I had sound reference points in terms of tactics, but I wanted to avoid becoming negative by mismanaging my stress.”

By finishing among the top four skaters in the standings at the 2016 Fall World Cup Selections, Marie-Ève Drolet qualified for a spot at the first four World Cup stages this fall, with the first stage set to be held in Calgary, Nov. 4-6. The last time Marie-Ève Drolet skated at a World Cup was in November 2013 in Kolomna, Russia.

“It's quite an accomplishment,” she said. “I feel like I'm back and that I did what I needed to, and wanted to do. It'll be fun to be back at the World Cup and to see at what level everyone is at, because it has surely improved. This will also give me some good experience for later on. It will be a great challenge and I'm anxious to see how things will turn out.”

In addition to Drolet, the Canadian women's team for the first four World Cup stages this fall will include Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin and Valérie Maltais from Saguenay (La Baie borough), QC.

On the men's side, Canada will be represented by Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer, Samuel Girard and François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC.

A total of six men and six women will be on the Canadian team. The two other positions per gender will be discretionary choices. The team that will skate on the World Cup circuit this fall will be announced over the next few weeks.

Sunday’s results
500m (2) M
1. Samuel Girard
2. Charles Hamelin
3. Pascal Dion

500m (2) W
1. Marianne St-Gelais
2. Marie-Ève Drolet
3. Kasandra Bradette

1000m (2) M
1. Samuel Girard
2. Charles Hamelin
3. Charle Cournoyer

1000m (2) W
1. Marianne St-Gelais
2. Kim Boutin
3. Marie-Ève Drolet

The full results are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca.

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