Calgary, AB – The 2019 Canadian Selections got off to a great start on the Olympic Oval North rink. The highlight of the day for the Oval Program athletes came in the form of Ethan McKinley-Young skating to a third place finish in the MNS 1500m event.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario found his way to the podium trailing only Manuel Falardeau of Quebec and fellow Ontario skater Alphonse Ouimette. McKinley-Young followed up his effort with a tough fall in the 500m, but his cumulative points place him currently in 5th place in the overall points race at the conclusion of Day 1. Canadian junior and recent standout of the 2019 Canada Winter Games William Dandjinou currently leads the overall competition with a 4th place and 1st place finish in the 1500m & 500m events respectively.
On the women’s side of the competition the Canadian Selections saw the return of several of the #OvalFamily to go with strong showings from current Oval athletes. Former Oval program athlete and current Canadian Champion Jamie MacDonald showed exactly why she earned that title as well as a trip to the 2018 Olympics last season with a second place finish in the 1500m and first place in the 500m. MacDonald is currently tied for the lead in the overall standings with Quebec skater Claudia Gagnon who stood tall in the 10-person 1500m final and placed second to MacDonald in the 500m.
Geneve Belanger, who spent the first half of the 18-19 season training at the Oval as part of the program made a triumphant return to lead the rest of the field, third place overall, after Day 1.
Reminder that you can replay all of today’s races and tune in for Day 2 and 3 of 2019 Canadian Selections as they will be webcast LIVE on the Olympic Oval Youtube Channel