Charles Hamelin anchors Canadian short-track team
Olympic champion plans to skate for at least 4 more years
Three-time Olympian Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., headlines the roster for the 2014-15 Canadian short-track team.
Hamelin, who has won three gold medals and one silver over the last three Winter Games, plans to continue skating for at least four more years and hopes to compete at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The roster, released Tuesday by Speed Skating Canada, features nine of the 10 team members who represented Canada at the Sochi Olympics. The lineup includes Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Que., Michael Gilday of Yellowknife, Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., and Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que.
Edmonton's Jessica Gregg has decided to focus on long-track speedskating. The short-track team members are eligible to compete in the fall World Cup selection competition this September, which serves as a qualifier for the first four World Cups of the season.
The athletes may later qualify for the fifth and sixth World Cups, the world championships and the Winter Universiade through their participation at the Canadian Short-Track Championships in mid-January.