Short Track Speed Skating World Championships
Nine Canadian skaters have a perfect day in qualifying on first day of Montreal’s ISU World Cup Short Track


Sasha (Alexander) Fathoullin reacted like a veteran although he was skating in his first-ever career World Cup, Friday, as he qualified for the final rounds in both his races on the first day of the first stage of the 2015-2016 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating season, which is taking place at Montreal’s Maurice Richard Arena until Sunday.

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The best short track skaters in the world to kick off the new season in Montreal, October 30 to November 1st

Desjardins Group: corporate partner

Montreal, October 28, 2015 – The need for speed will be back in Montreal this fall, as the best short track speed skaters in the world will meet at Montreal’s Maurice-Richard Arena from October 30 to November 1st to take part in the first stage of the 2015-2016 ISU World Cup season.

Overall, a total of 146 athletes from 22 countries, i.e. 64 women and 82 men, will vye for medals in the 500m, the 1500m, the relay and two 1000m races slated during the weekend.

In addition to the Canadian team, which will include Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, Charle Cournoyer and François Hamelin, fans of speed events will be able to see nine of the top 10 women in last season’s World Championship overall standings, as well as eight of the top 10 men.

Several of speed skating’s marquee athletes will be on hand, including 2015 world champions Minjeong Choi of South Korea and Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands, as well as Olympic medalists Suk Hee Shim et Kim Alang of South Korea, in addition to China’s Kexin Fan, Jingnan Shi, Tianyu Han and Dajing Wu, who are all sure to provide exciting moments on the ice.

Admission is free for the qualification rounds, which will take place on Friday, October 30, from 9:45 am to 5:45 pm.

Tickets and the complete schedule for the races slated as of 1 pm on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1st, are available at

“Once again this year, Montreal is proud to welcome the top speed skaters in the world as well as the Canadian stars and Olympic medalists for an entertaining weekend which will please fans of speed events and great thrills,” said Claude Fauteux, President of the organizing committee.

“For Montreal, this will also be an opportunity to show once again to the world the great work that our organizing committee can do, as it did at the 2014 World Championships and at the numerous World Cups held in Montreal so far, and as it will again in 2018, a few weeks after the Olympic Games, for the presentation of the 2018 World Championships.”

Desjardins: corporate partner
The President of the organizing committee also took the opportunity to thank the event’s numerous partners and sponsors, especially Desjardins Group, which made a $25,000 contribution to present this event in 2015.

“It gives Desjardins great pleasure to present the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, thus helping to highlight physical activity as well as showcasing Montreal and its warm welcome to the rest of the world. As a cooperative with strong roots in its community, Desjardins believes it is important to contribute to the well-being of our members and to the collectivity’s development”, noted Mr. Martin Brunelle, Managing Vice-President, Greater Montreal Administrative Division at Desjardins Group.


The event also joined forces with two philanthropic partners this year, i.e. the Heart & Stroke Foundation as well as Children’s Wish Foundation. These two organizations helped to promote the event and will be present on Saturday, October 31 and November 1st, respectively, to receive donations.


Mr. Fauteux also thanked several government partners, including the Government of Canada, Gouvernment du Québec, Ville de Montréal and Tourism Montréal.


“Tourism Montréal sees the sports sector as having real potential as a great tool to foster the development of tourism in Montreal, and that is why we strategically allocate resources in order to obtain concrete results. Montreal is a great sports city and it has all the assets to welcome various types of sporting events: modern facilities, competent coaches and high-level athletes. We are therefore happy to host the season’s first ISU World Cup in our city. Good luck to the athletes,” said Yves Lalumière, CEO at Tourism Montréal.

Saturday, October 31: trick or treat with Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais
At the end of the competition program on Saturday, October 31, Halloween Day, members of the Canadian team will meet with fans for an autograph session.

In addition, during the session, Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais will give out candy to the first 250 people, first and foremost to kids and to people wearing a costume.

The organizing committee is therefore inviting everyone to dress up on Saturday, October 31 – Halloween Day.

Broadcast on CBC and Radio-Canada
The 1000m and 1500 finals, both on the women’s and men’s side, will be broadcast on CBC and its web site at, the official broadcaster of the event, on Saturday, October 31 from 5 pm to 6 pm (Eastern Time).

The following day, CBC will broadcast the men’s and women’s 500m and 1000m finals from 3 pm to 4 pm.

French-speaking fans can also follow the competition, as races will be webcast on the website from 1 pm to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

About the 2015 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Montreal
The 2015 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Montreal, set to take place from October 30 to November 1st at Maurice-Richard Arena, will feature the best short track speed skaters in the world as part of the first stage of the 2015-2016 season. There will be six World Cups stages overall around the world.


The organizing committee for the 2015 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Montreal would like to thank its partners and sponsors:


Corporate partners: Desjardins, Hôtel Universel and Li-Ning

Government partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and Olympic Park

Sports partners: ISU, Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec and Speed Skating Canada

Philanthropic partners: Heart & Stroke Foundation and Children’s Wish Foundation

Media partners: 91.9 Sport radio station and 24 Heures newspaper


More details are available at the event’s web site at

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For information:

Patrick Godbout

Communications & Media Relations Manager

Speed Skating Canada


Phone: 514 213-9897




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