February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Silver Medal
Sun Media

Turcotte's third-place finish in the 1,000 metres at Salt Lake City four years ago had to be one of the most memorable bronze medals in Canadian Olympic history.

No, it wasn't a miraculous comeback, or an inspirational man-overcomes-adversity story -- it was just plain bizarre.

To refresh your memory: Turcotte was in a group of four leading skaters that crashed, leaving Australian Steven Bradbury, who had been way back in last place, a clear path to the finish line and the gold medal.

American Apolo Anton Ohno slipped his skate across the line for second, just before Turcotte took third.

Welcome to the world of short track.

"Mathieu and Apolo crossed the line on their ass," is how Roch Pilon, manager of marketing and communications for Speed Skating Canada, so eloquently put it. "It's very unpredictable. That's what makes it so appealing to a lot of people."

Turcotte won't race the 1,000 metres in Turin because he was beat out for that distance at the Olympic trials.

He won't race the 500, either, even though he was the World Cup champion in the event last season.

That shows the depth of the Canadian men's short track team.

Turcotte joins Bedard as the only other individual skater to finish as high as second on the World Cup circuit this season, claiming silver in the 1,500 in Seoul.

Event Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 12

1500m final

Wed. Feb. 15

Relay prelims

Saturday, Feb. 25

Relay final

Previous Games

In addition to his bronze in the 1,000, Turcotte was part of Canada's gold-medal relay squad four years ago. He was an alternate in '98

Olympics:

2002

1998







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Men's 1,500m
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Men's 5,000m
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Women's 500m
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Women's 1,000m
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Women's 1,500m
Results
Past Champs

Women's 3,000m
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