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Quebec surges into medal lead at Canada Winter Games

The Canadian Press
2/13/2011 9:18:09 PM
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HALIFAX -- Quebec athletes won 11 medals Sunday, including eight in speedskating, to lead the medal race with 16 after two days of competition at the Canada Winter Games.

Quebec has six gold medals, six silver and four bronze.

Alberta, which also took home 11 medals Sunday, has 13 medals -- six gold, four silver and three bronze.

British Columbia is in third with two silver and five bronze, while Ontario has the only gold medal not claimed by Quebec or Alberta.

Quebec took five of six medals in the 1,500-metre short-track speedskating events, with the men sweeping the podium and the women winning gold and silver.

Maxime Gauthier led the men's sweep, winning gold with a time of two minutes 29.129 seconds. Benoit Theriault was second in 2:29.5 and Yoan Gaulthier third in 2:30.777.

In the women's event, Ann-Veronique Michaud won in 2:37.178 and Namasthee Harris-Gauthier won silver in 2:38.124 to give Quebec the top two podium positions. B.C.'s Courtney Shmyr took bronze in 2:38.282.

Quebec also swept the men's 1,500-metre long track, with Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu taking gold in 1:59.03, Laurent Dubreuil winning silver in 2:02.23 and Francois Dery claiming bronze in 2:05.23.

In the 12.5-kilometre women's individual biathlon, Quebec won gold and silver. Audrey Vaillancourt won in 39:31.7 while Rose-Marie Cote was second in 42:15.0. B.C.'s Sarah Lucy Croockewit Beaudry took bronze in 45:31.8.

Quebec also took bronze in team artistic gymnastics. Ontario won gold while B.C. won silver.

Alberta made its charge in the medal standings by sweeping the men's 15-kilometre biathlon.

Scott Gow won in 40:33.9, Stuart Harden took silver in 42:16.0 while Christian Gow won bronze in 43:29.0.

"My goal was to come here and get on the podium every race so I am happy I was able to win today," Scott Gow said. "I felt good all day and it is nice to see three Alberta guys on the podium."

In long-track speedskating, Jennessa Kemp won two gold medals while Alberta teammate Kate Hanly took two silver.

The two led an Alberta sweep in the women's 500-metre race, where Kemp won gold in 1:25.1, Hanly won silver in 1:25.95 while Izzy Dilger won bronze in 1:26.510.

Kemp also took gold in the 1,500-metre race after clocking a time of 2:15.35. Hanly took silver in 2:18.1 and Tori Spence of B.C., won bronze in 2:18.560.

Alberta also won gold and bronze in the men's half-pipe freestyle skiing event. Aaron MacKay rattled off a 540, two straight-airs, a cork nine, followed by another 540 and a cork seven to post a winning score of 38.400.

Austin Hunter shared the bronze at 37.100 with Hunter Visser of B.C. and Hugo Blanchette. Max Heard of B.C. won silver 38.00.

In women's half-pipe, Alberta's Meagan Fiselier posted a winning score of 35.300.

Ontario's Dara Howell won the silver at 35.000, while Jillian Gordon, also of Ontario, won bronze at 31.200.

In women's curling, the hosts got off to a strong start as Nova Scotia beat Saskatchewan 8-4 and New Brunswick 8-4 to sit at 2-0 with British Columbia.

In men's hockey, Alberta and Prince Edward Island both improved to 2-0. Alberta blanked Saskatchewan 4-0 while P.E.I. beat the Northwest Territories 7-4.

Noemie Fiset (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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