Oval Athlete medal count reaches seven with three days remaining in competition
By Ryan Ohashi / Olympic Oval
Red Deer, AB - The 2019 Canada Winter Games are in full flight with the long track and short track speed skating competitions underway. It was a successful weekend for many Oval Program athletes, highlighted by Paul Coderre joining Alberta’s Team Pursuit squad in a gold medal Canada Winter Games Record setting performance of 4:05.41. Coderre was joined by Alberta teammates Josh Hathaway, Max Halyk and Kaleb Muller in the accomplishment.
On the women’s side of the table the Team Alberta and Oval Program athlete Cassidy Peterson captured silver in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Peterson was joined by Anna Bourgeois, Kayla McNeely and 20 year old Brooklyn McDougall who continues to be the story of the 2019 Games for Alberta. The Calgary native, Olympic Oval alum and Team Canada Development team skater has already racked up a pair of gold medals (in the 500m & 1500m) and a bronze in the 3000m to go with her Team Pursuit Silver.
Matthew Laxton of Team Ontario was the first Oval Program skater to collect some hardware at the Games as he skated to a bronze medal finish on day 1 of the long track competition in the men’s 1500m. Laxton trailed only Muller and Canadian National Development team skater Tyson Langelaar. The former Oval athlete from Winnipeg, MB has skated to the top of the podium twice (in the 500m & 1500m) and a Silver in Tuesday’s 5000m.
Laxton's second medal of the weekend came in the Team Pursuit as he and three other Oval program skaters; Noah Bouma, Gibson Himbault and Max Brant brought home a bronze for Team Ontario.
On the short track Oval Program athlete Matej Pederson fed off the energy of the Alberta home crowd to skate to a bronze medal in his first Canada Winter Games 1500m. On the women’s side 14 year old Oval skater Cezara Bere of Edmonton, AB was narrowly edged out of the podium in a photo finish in the 1500m.
Competition continues with a big day in Red Deer on Wednesday with the 1000m and Mass Start races on the long track at Great Chief Park and the 500m races on the short track at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.