Martin chills with second gold

ROB BRODIE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Yesterday must have seemed positively balmy at the Canada Winter Games.

Only -20 C in Whitehorse. With the wind chill factored in: -31.

Then again, it felt like 47-below on the weekend, when competition began at the first Canada Games ever held in the Yukon.

"Should be a nice day for the 3,000 metres," Ottawa's Maddie Martin said late Monday as she pondered the veritable heat wave that would greet her most gruelling test at the Games' outdoor long-track speed skating oval.

Nice day, indeed. Martin who clocked 5:06.48 yesterday to win her second gold medal of these Games. Her time was more than 12 seconds better than silver medallist Andrea Johnson of Manitoba.

Two of Martin's Ottawa Pacers teammates also landed in the top 10: Stacy Muise (seventh) and Jocelyn Harrington (ninth).

The bitterly cold weather has been one of the hottest topics at these Games. Martin got a mild case of frostbite on her cheeks Sunday, when she won the 1,500 metres.

"I'd covered my face with Vaseline. It was really nippy out there," said Martin, who couldn't remember ever competing in such frigid conditions. "They cancelled the boys' 3,000 metres (Sunday) because it was so cold."

Martin donned a pair of ski goggles for Monday's 1,000 metres. The extra protection helped: She earned a surprise bronze medal.

Speed skaters have also gotten into the habit of doing warmups inside a nearby high school before taking to the track.

"Once you get yourself in a pattern like that, it's kind of fun," said Martin, a Grade 11 student at Glebe Collegiate.

Gatineau's Olivier Rochon, a World Cup-level freestyle skier, was the area's other medallist yesterday. He struck gold in the men's aerials event, with his 87.25-point score comfortably outdistancing Matt Margetts of B.C.

In other events yesterday:

- Also on the speed skating oval, Ottawa's Spencer Zettler finished sixth in the men's 5,000 metres, while the Pacers' Patrick Marsh wound up 17th.

- Ottawa's Ashley Rheaume had two goals and an assist as Ontario whipped New Brunswick 10-3 to advance to today's ringette semi-finals. Nepean's Kaitlyn Youldon added a goal and assist, while Lindsay Armstrong of Metcalfe chipped in one helper. Ontario faces Manitoba in the semi-finals, while Quebec takes on Alberta.

- Rachel Homan's Ottawa rink improved to 3-0 in the women's curling competition with a pair of easy wins. The Ontario representatives needed only five ends to dispose of Newfoundland and Labrador 10-0 last night. Earlier, Team Homan routed P.E.I. 11-4.


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