February 10, 2013
St. Gelais skates to silver medal in World Cup race
By QMI Agency

Marianne St. Gelais skated to a runner-up finish at the short-track World Cup stop Sunday in Dresden, Germany (QMI Agency file photo)

Marianne St. Gelais of Roberval, Que., broke her own speed-skating record en route to winning silver in the women’s 500-metre short-track race in Dresden, Germany.

The 22-year-old finished second among three Chinese racers with a time of 42.983 seconds.

“I knew it was fast racing today, because you can feel it on your blades and in your legs that you’re picking speed in the turn. But you really don’t know how fast until you see the time at the end,” she said.

Canada’s women’s relay team also found their silver lining, skating to the podium with a time of four minutes, 14.615 seconds.

At the men’s World Cup in Inzell, Germany, Jordan Belchos of Toronto had the country’s best finish, placing sixth in the division A men’s mass start.

Le GUELLEC 15TH AT WORLDS


Canada’s Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Kingston, Ont., finished 15th in the men’s 12.5-kilometre pursuit at the biathlon world championship in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, Sunday.

The 27-year-old started the race in 36th, but posted a time of 34:08.7 on the final day, shooting him up 23 spots.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good since the start of the world championships, but my shooting has been an issue,” Le Guellec said. “All the ingredients were there today to pull off a good race.”

Le Guellec had no problems on the range, hitting 19 of 20 targets.

“I took my time, kept my cool and had fun, really,” Le Guellec said. “It is great that it paid off. I was skiing relaxed and was within a pack, which is always fun and interesting. This is a very demanding course but it is a great feeling to finally pull off a worthy pursuit this season.”

Calgary’s Scott Gow was the only other Canadian in the men’s meet. He finished 50th with a time of 37:57.4.

On the women’s side, Megan Heinicke of Prince George, B.C., was the only Canadian to qualify with a top-60 finish in the women’s 10km pursuit. She placed 44th with a time of 32:49.2.

In the IBU Cup in Slovakia, Julia Ransom (Kelowna, B.C.) led the Canadians, finishing 12th in the women’s 15km individual event. Erin Yunglutt of Wroxeter, Ont., finished 18th.

DUHAMEL AND RADFORD TAKE PAIRS GOLD

It was a three-medal day for Canada at the Four Continents figure skating championship Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Topping the list were Megan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., with their gold-medal victory in pairs. They scored 199.18 points.

Right on their heels were Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont. and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto, with a result of 196.18.

Even though Duhamel and Radford won, they were not pleased with their score.

“We are disappointed,” Duhamel said. “We know we are capable of skating much better. We want to show an improved long program at the world championships. We felt confident going in but once the music started it just became a struggle.”

The third medal came from Olympic champions Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., with silver in ice dancing with 184.32 points.

The two finished behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White who had 187.36 points.

“Tessa and I feel like, as a team, we have a lot of positive things this week, especially in our short dance,” Moir said. “In the free dance, we were able to execute a lot of the elements that we’ve been struggling with in practice and a little bit at nationals.”

LORAN NETS FOUR MEDALS AT ELITE CANADA MEET

Saskatoon’s Anderson Loran won four more individual medals at the Elite Canada gymnastics meet Saturday, including gold on the high bar.

The 21-year-old grabbed silvers in rings and the pommel horse and rounded the cache out with a bronze on the parallel bars.

On Friday, Loran won six medals, including two gold and three silver.

YURKIW IN 28th AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

It was a tough day on the slopes for Canada’s only representative in the ladies downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., placed 28th on the challenging slopes of Schladming, Austria with a time of one minute, 53.69 seconds.

“I had such a good feeling today. I’m pretty disappointed,” she said. “I just need to assess the day and then continue.

“I saw on TV a lot of people ramping it up for the downhill – it’s the last day for a lot of people and I wanted really badly to just relax and ski the way I can and fix the things I wanted to and stick to the plan. I felt I did that but I made some mistakes and got a bit rattled. It was a true downhill race today and it didn’t work for me.”

France’s Marion Rolland won in 1:50.00. Italy's Nadia Fanchini was second in 1:50.16 and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch was third with 1:50.70.

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