Total of six Oval Program skaters finish in Top 15
Calgary, AB – The third and final day of the 2019 Canadian Selections saw plenty of action with both 500m (2) and 1000m (2) races. For most, including several #OvalFamily these races were the final of the 2018-19 season.
On the women’s side of the competition Quebec’s Claudia Gagnon was a force as she skated to a win in the 500m (2) to start the day. This 5000 points was enough to ensure her the top spot in the competition prior to the final 1000m (2) races. Her three day total of 24,000 points was a dominant performance which saw her place first or second in 5 out of 6 events.
Jamie MacDonald continued to push Gagnon all weekend placing second in the mornings 500m (2) and fourth in the 1000 (2). The former Oval program athlete, current Canadian Champion and 2018 Olympian placed second overall with 18,639 points.
Quebec’s Geneve Belanger muscled her way to second in the 1000 (2) to take the 4000 points and third overall in the competition, just edging out fellow Quebec skater Audrey Phaneuf for the overall podium.
Oval program turned World Cup Skater Ali Desmarais had a strong Sunday as she skated to a 5th in the 1000 (2) A Final and first in the 500m (2) B final in the morning. The points were enough to vault her to ninth in the final competition standings. Maggie Beynon was also able to crack the Top 10 with 4892 points for the weekend.
Alberta’s Hee Won Son and Cezara Bere, both juniors - finished 18th and 30th respectively. Both ended their year on a high note by competing in the senior Canadian selections and following their medal winning performances at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
On the men’s side of the brackets, Sebastien Gagnon was able to narrowly edge out Alphonse Ouimette and William Dandjinou to take the top spot in the competition. Gagnon stormed his way into the fight with wins in both the 500m (2) and 1000m (2) A finals to edge out Ouimette by just 408 points.
Oval athlete Ethan McKinley-Young skated to 8th overall, skating to third in the 1000m (2) B Final the Ontario native remained consistent all weekend to solidify his spot in the Top 8. Alberta juniors Matej Pederson and Brendan Yamada finished 11th and 13th overall to cap their seasons. Saskatchewan’s Marco Schumann finished 17th, while his fellow Saskatchewan born, former Oval training partner Keegan Christ managed to crack the Top 5. Oval athlete’s Roger Fulton and Vincent Girard finished 26th and 27th.
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