Photo: Graham Hughes The Canadian press
Charles Hamelin won the world title last march in Montreal.
Charles Hamelin likes his title of world champion. And he plans on bringing with him from Sofia, Bulgaria, will host the World short track speed skating from 8 to 10 march.
“With the performance that I offered to [the world cup] in Germany, and to Turin, I can aspire to everything, he said Thursday, during a press meeting at the Maurice-Richard arena. […] In my head, I’m able to beat everyone once again. If I was able to skate as well as I did last year in Montreal, all the hopes are allowed. More than ever before. “
The one who will be his 15th World will defend for the first time the title of champion in the general classification, won his gold medals in the 1000 and 1500 m, in addition to a fifth place in the 500m, He had added a silver medal in the relay.
“I’ve always had the same approach during my 15 World : to bring back the title to the house. It is certain that young you do not put not on it 100 %. You do your shopping and you want to surprise you. When you realize how much you are strong in competition, your goal is clearly to become a champion. Many have asked me if I had the additional pressure of having the no. 1 on my helmet. But last year, I had the no. 8 : is that it removed me from the pressure, because it was my lowest ranking in the World ? No. “
Praise for Eric Bedard
Hamelin will be accompanied in Bulgaria by Samuel Girard, Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion and Charle Cournoyer. It is estimated that Girard, Dubois, and him can all aspire to the title. The contribution of Eric Bedard, who became the coach of the men’s team in August, has a lot to do.
“I think all the guys feel a little like that. We are left with three and a half months late : we had no coach, no plan, ” explained Hamelin.
“Eric arrived a month before the selections for the canadian Championships to world Cups. It took four weeks to build something on the basis that we had, which was not very attractive. It has been catch-up all season. Finally, we come to the World and we managed to close the gap. We’ll be able to fight for the title. “
“Eric, this is the right person for the [speed skating] short track this time,” added Dubois. There was a need for this momentum, this energy on the ice. The intensity climbed a notch. This is what it took for us to restart for a four-year cycle. He has done an outstanding job so far. When it arrived, we were not ready for the level of competition. In a month and a half, it put us level. “
Boutin aims high
His fourth World, the triple medallist of the olympic Games in Pyeongchang Kim Boutin has great expectations. After two seventh places and a 24th, she feels that she can leave her mark on the competition.
“This is the first time that I feel that I can know good World, she said. […] The title of champion of the world, it is the title that everyone wants. It means that you are good in all distances during the week-end. “
Faithful to its habits, it will not have this overall objective in mind. But if there’s a distance that she would not let it escape, it is the 1000 m.
“The 1000 metres, it is one of my best distances. I worked a lot this year on some aspects of this race, including not always running in front. I’ve tweaked a lot of things on this distance. I would like to achieve this with a good performance at the World championships. “
Boutin will be accompanied by Alyson Charles, Courtney Sarault, Kasandra Bradette and Camille de Serres-Rainville. Frédéric Blackburn is leading the women’s team.