Bronze medal in short track speed skating! The Canadian short track speed skating team has not been very successful at Sochi. Although the team had potential, many skaters including Charles Hamelin, Valerie Maltais, and Marianne St-Gelais have fallen down and consequently did not make it to the medal round. Amidst these disappointing results Charle Cournoyer, age 22 wins his first ever Olympic medal. The final for the 500m race consisted of 4 skaters: Russia’s Victor An, China’s Wu Dajing and Liang Wenhao, and Canada’s Charle Cournoyer.
The race got off to a fast start with Cournoyer in second place behind An. As the pace of the race picked up China’s Liang Wenhao fell assuring Cournoyer a medal. For the later half of this fast paced race he remained comfortably third place with An and Wu battling it out for the gold and the silver. In the end An won with a time of 41.312 seconds, Wu won silver with 41.516 and Cournoyer took the bronze with 41.617. With the potential and strength that Cournoyer showed this Olympics his future is looking very promising! The bronze medal brings Canada to a total of 24 medals.
Photo credit: The Canadian Press
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