On the heels of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Montreal will host the short track speed skating World Championships from March 14th to 16th, at Maurice-Richard Arena. The countries which will be represented at this major competition were determined at this past weekend’s Samsung ISU World Cup short track speed skating event, held in Russia.
On the women’s side, the following eight countries will participate: Canada, China, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands and Russia. On the men’s side: Canada, China, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Netherlands, Russia and the United States.
“World Championships are prestigious. Short track speed skating is a very visual, fan-friendly sport. We are counting on the enthusiasm and excitement generated around our Canadian athletes in Russia a few days prior to fill the seats at Maurice-Richard Arena, and on showcasing a very spectacular sporting event”, declared Claude Fauteux, President of the World Championships Organizing Committee. “The granting of this event by the International Skating Union (ISU) demonstrates the confidence they have not only in Quebec’s high performing athletes, but also in our capacity to host quality competitions. We intend to make this event a real happening in the sporting world, in the tradition of other major sporting events like tennis, Formula 1 racing and golf”, added Fauteux.
To launch the promotional campaign surrounding the event, the organizers have chosen the newly-retired François-Louis Tremblay as their first ambassador for these World Championships. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketpro.
“François-Louis is intimately familiar with the circuit, the competitors and what makes a great event for athletes, kids and the public in general. He has participated in no less than ten World Championships; he knows how special it is to participate, and even more so, how special it is to be crowned World Champion. We are really thrilled and privileged to have him as our ambassador for the event. He’ll have his work cut out for him, since we’re planning lots of programming surrounding the competitions”, explained Stéphane Bronsard, General Manager for the event.
The most decorated Canadian athlete at the Olympic Winter Games (along with Marc Gagnon), François-Louis Tremblay is the first addition to a group of ambassadors that will be named over the next few months. “A World Championship title is an important add-on to a high performance athlete’s track record. And my sport is absolutely spectacular! I’m hoping the stands will be filled during the event, as we expect the caliber of competitors to be the same as in Sochi. I’ve accepted the role of ambassador and I am proud to represent this event, and I will, hopefully, contribute to its success”, declared Tremblay.
About the World Championships in Montreal
Montreal will be hosting the World Championships for the third time. In 1987, Nathalie Lambert finished 2nd in the overall standings while her teammate, Michel Daignault, was crowned champion. More recently, in 2002, Amélie Goulet-Nadon won bronze in the 1500m and Jonathan Guillemette took silver in the same distance. In 2006, Montreal hosted the Team World Championships, an event that is no longer staged. The women’s team had finished 3rd in the overall standings and the men had finished 2nd.
For more information on the event, visit the web site http://www.mondial2014.ca
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