Kim Boutin Wins Canada’s First Medal of the Short Track Season with Gold in Salt Lake City

Kim Boutin races at the ISU World Cup Short Track in Salt Lake City, Utah. .Credit: Brennan Smith, Utah Olympic Oval

Kim Boutin kicked off the World Cup season with a golden performance in the 1500m in Salt Lake City, earning the Canadian short track team its first medal of the 2019-2020 international campaign.

The native of Sherbrooke, Que. made a perfectly executed outside pass on the second last lap of the finals to overtake a pair of skaters and cross the line in first place (2:22.061). She was joined on the podium by defending world champion Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (2:22.211) and Han Yutong of China (2:22.282).

On the men’s side, 35 year old Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the 1500m, coming in fourth place. Despite not winning a medal, the result showed that the veteran skater has returned to form following a summer of recovery and rehabilitation from an ankle injury that kept him out of this fall’s Canadian Short Track Championships.

Meanwhile, Canada’s mixed gender relay team – consisting of World Cup rookies William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.) and Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.), along with second year skaters Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.) and Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) – raced to a fifth place result, behind medalists Russia, China and Korea.

“It was a super nice finals. With three laps to go I was in third place, but it was a good challenge for me to make a pass. I was forced to go on the outside and it was very exciting. Typically it’s the opposite that happens; I’m in the lead and I get passed at the finish line. I’m very satisfied.”

– Kim Boutin
“Today, things went super well for me. From race to race, I began feeling better. I wasn’t 100% happy with my strategies and how I executed them in my races, but at the end of the day I am satisfied with my result. It was very positive for me and I’m hopeful for good results tomorrow as well.”

– Charles Hamelin