Canadian Valerie Maltais less than a tenth of a second away from starting the World Cup season with a win Saturday.
The native of La Baie, Que., was edged by defending world champion Katherine Reutter in the first 1,500-metre race of the World Cup short track season at the Utah Olympic Oval.
Reutter slipped past Maltais, finishing in two minutes 24.433 seconds. The Canadian finished with a time of 2:24.519. South Korea's Lee Eun-byul took the bronze.
American J.R. Celski was disqualified in the men's 1,000 final, his first World Cup race after taking a year off. He impeded South Korea's Noh Jinkyu as he was trying to move up from third to second. South Korea's Kwak Yoon-gy won, finishing in 1:25.996. Noh took silver and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., was third.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., won the 1,500 men's final in 2:16.630, edging South Korea's Lee Ho-suk (2:16.842) and Lee Jung-su (2:17.021).