It is starting to sound like a broken record (no pun intended!) but the Canada Games Oval had another outstanding day.
An executive decision was made to switch the order of the skaters due to the forcasted rain. Normally at an event such as the Games, the events run slowest skaters to the fastest. Not this time though as 3 time medalist Antoine Gelias-Beaulieu (Quebec) set the bar high after going out and breaking another Canada Games record in the men’s 5000m. Antoine skated an impressive 7:09.62 smashing the old record which was 7:39.34. Earning the silver was team mate Francois Dery Que. with a time of 7:15.56.
Connor McConvey Ont, a member of the Men’s Canadian Junior team that will be going to Finland next week, stepped onto the podium for the first time these Games by earning the bronze medal. His time was 7:28.50.
With the temperature hovering around 1c, with little or no wind, most skaters skated personal bests. Noah Furgeson-Losier of Nova Scotia was nothing but smiles when he came off the ice. The Nova Scotia coaches are extremely proud of their athletes accomplishments this week and so they should be!
And did the rain hold off? Yes it did! Thank you Nova Scotia for giving the skaters great conditions to race in.
Later in the day, the ladies took to the ice to skate their longest and most challenging race. The 3000m is seven and a half laps of the track and keeping constistant lap times is the key to success.
Victoria (Tori) Spence B.C. earned the gold, her third medal of these Games, by skating an impressive record breaking time of 4:46.70. The old record was set in Campbellton in 2003 and was 5:05.01.
The women skated exceptionally well and the crowd was kept in suspense waiting to see whose names would appear on the leader board. Tori set the bar while the others fought it out for the silver and bronze. The names kept changing making the racing very exciting to watch.
When it was all said and done, the silver medal went to Lea Thibault Que. Lea is the first female skater from Quebec to reach the podium. She skated a time of 4:54.72.
Coming in third, with a time of 4:55.01, was none other than Josie Spence from B.C. Josie is Victoria’s younger sister. It was an emotional moment when both girls took to the podium to receive their medals.
The conditions today were once again near perfect as the temperature was significantly warmer with little if no wind.
The racing concludes on Wednesday with the semi-finals and finals in the 100m. as well as the Team Pursuit.