Speed Skating Canada is proud to announce the short track athletes nominated to represent Canada at next two ISU World Cups of the 2019-2020 season. These 12 skaters, including two World Cup rookies, will hit the ice from November 29 to December 1 in Nagoya, Japan and from December 6 to 8 in Shanghai, China.
The men’s team is comprised of Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.), Pascal Dion (Montréal, Que.), Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.), Maxime Laoun (Montreal, Que.), Sébastien Gagnon (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que.) and Jordan Pierre-Gilles (Sherbrooke, Que.). The women’s team includes Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.), Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.), Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.), Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.), Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.) and Genève Bélanger (Montreal, Que.).
Leading the way for Canada is Boutin, who has been unbeatable so far this season en route to four consecutive gold medals. She’ll be joined by fellow individual medalists Dubois and Sarault, along with Final A participants from Salt Lake City and Montreal, Charles and Laoun.
Gagnon, 24, and Pierre-Gilles, 21, are both slated to make their World Cup debuts in Nagoya, while Bélanger, who has two World Cup medals in the relay to her name, returns to the circuit for the first time since 2015.
Meanwhile, veteran national team member Charles Hamelin (Saint-Julie, Que.), who is coming off a knee and ankle injury sustained this summer, was not recommended to compete at these two World Cups as it was not part of his individual training plan.
Together these skaters will look to build upon the Canadian team’s early season success, in which they’ve won six individual medals and three relay medals. They are back in action from November 29 to December 1 in Nagoya, Japan.