Beynon, Belanger, Desmarais all in high gear on moving day
Calgary, AB - Day 2 of the 2019 Canadian Selections brought the 1000m races of the weekend along with 1500m (2). It was another strong showing for several former and current Oval athletes including Ontario’s Maggie Beynon. Beynon skated to fourth in the A Final of the 1000m. This combined with her Day 1 results placed her 8th in the overall standings with another set of 500m & 1000m races still to come. Joining Beynon in the Top 10 are a pair of Oval Program Athletes now training in Montreal, Quebec’s Geneve Belanger and Vanderhoof, BC’s Ali Desmarais who currently rank third and 10th overall respectively.
Belanger and Desmarais skated to fourth and fifth place finishes in the 1500m (2) A final and Belanger tallied a second place finish in the 1000m A final to move on to the overall podium going into tomorrow’s races.
Desmarais is a true Oval-grown talent who earned a spot on the Canadian World Cup team for both Calgary and Salt Lake City with an impressive showing at this Fall’s Short Track Canadian Championships where she took home a silver medal in the 500m and placed fourth overall in the competition.
Former Oval program athlete, current Canadian Champion and 2018 Olympian Jamie MacDonald continued the battle atop the overall standings with Quebec skater Claudia Gagnon. In the morning’s 1000m Gagnon finished atop the podium with Belanger and former Canadian Junior champion Audrey Phaneuf rounding out the top 3. After Day 2 Gagnon’s lead has been stretched to just under 4500 points on MacDonald ahead of tomorrow’s 500m (2) and 1000m (2).
On the men’s side of the brackets, Alphonse Ouimette and William Dandjinou remain in a near dead heat atop the standings after Day 2. The morning 1000m A final saw Jordan Pierre-Gilles take the top spot, followed by Ouimette and Felix Pigeon. Oval athletes Matej Pederson and Marco Schumann finished second and third in the B final to claim 7th and 8th place points.
In the 1500m (2) A final, another former Oval athlete made a triumphant return to the North rink as Saskatchewan’s Keegan Christ Skated to the 5000 point win. Those points helped to vault Christ up the standings and into 7th overall. Day 1 standout Ethan McKinley-Young remained in the Top 10 at ninth and was joined by Pederson who currently occupies 10th overall.
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