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Hewitt can taste the Olympics
Canada’s top 10 short-track speed skaters have been nominated by Speed Skating Canada to vie for a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in February.
Among the five females is Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops.
She is joined by Valérie Maltais, Marianne St. Gelais, Marie-Eve Drolet and Jessica Gregg
The five males are Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean, Charle Cournoyer, Michael Gilday and François Hamelin.
“Canadians were born to skate and we are delighted that these amazing athletes are the first to be nominated by Speed Skating Canada to contend for the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in Sochi,” said Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Hewitt and the other nine skaters nominated will now compete in four remaining International Skating Union World Cup events this season, the last two of which are Olympic qualifiers, in which Canada’s nominated athletes will contend for Olympic placements in the 500-metre, 1,000-metre and 1,500-metre events in Sochi.
Up to three spots in each distance are up for grabs.
In order for any country to secure all three placements, racers must finish in the top 32 in the 500-metre and 1,000-metre events and top 36 in the 1,500-metre race. In the women’s 3,000-metre relay and men’s 5,000-metre relay, only the top eight teams will qualify to race in Sochi.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23, 2014.