December 9, 2012
Christine Nesbitt skates to gold in Nagano
By QMI Agency
Christine Nesbitt won her fourth individual gold medal of the season while Gilmore Junio stepped onto the podium for the first time in a World Cup long-track speed skating event Sunday in Nagano, Japan.
Nesbitt, of London, Ont., won the women's 1,000 metres in one minute, 15.13 seconds to edge out American Heather Richardson, who got the win over the Canadian star at the same distance Saturday. Lotte van Beek of the Netherlands was third.
"I felt this week that things have been coming together more and more in my own skating," Nesbitt said. "So I was kind of excited. (Richardson) was pretty far ahead with one lap to go, but I dug really deep in the last back-straightaway and I didn't let her out of my sight. I felt like I went out for the hunt and I got her at the line, which is a really nice feeling."
Calgary's Junio grabbed the silver medal in the men's 500m then teamed up with Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg and William Dutton of Regina to finish first in the team sprint demonstration race.
"I'm pretty excited about my first World Cup medal and it sets out the season really nicely," Junio said, "and I'm really excited about Harbin (next World Cup in China) and the rest of the season."
Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., rounded out the Canadian medal tally with a silver in the men's 1,000m. Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands took the gold.