(February 16, 2019 – Red Deer, AB) Brooklyn McDougall of Calgary, AB won Team Alberta’s first gold medal of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB in the Speedskating Long Track women’s 1500m at Great Chief Park.

McDougall finished the race with a time of 2:16.69 for the gold medal. Quebec’s Rose-Anne Grenier and Emmanuelle Côté finished second and third respectively.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling right now. I knew the energy would be pretty high, but not this high! It was part of a crazy day, and all the hard work paid off at the end. We have been working for these Canada Games the whole season, putting a lot of hard hours on the ice and on the bike have led to this moment,” said McDougall, 20, competing at her second Canada Games.

“Racing outdoors is completely different. There are lots of different factors. The biggest thing is to stay low and keep the tempo up so the wind doesn’t affect you a lot,” added McDougall about racing at the new Great Chief Park, an outdoor facility.

McDougall, who placed 26th in the same event at the 2015 Canada Games in Prince George, had her parents and colleagues in the crowd to cheer her performance.

To help deal with the cold, McDougall raced with some tape applied on her face. “We put on the tape to keep the face from freezing, and also because it looks very cool with Alberta Blue colors!

In the men’s 1500m, multi-sport athlete Kaleb Muller, 20, of Cranford, AB won the silver medal by posting a time of 1:57.55. Muller competed for Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Long Track Speedskating and at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Mountain Biking. This is Muller’s first medal at Canada Games.

“It’s been great so far. It has been a goal of mine to win a medal at Canada Games now. I couldn’t be happier to win a medal here in Red Deer. It’s definitely a lot colder then what we are used to. There are lots of elements you have to deal with especially the wind. But the weather is the same for everybody so we all face the same elements. I’ve posted more or less the same time compared to indoor skating.”

After the first day of competition, Team Alberta sits atop the Medal standing with two medals (1-1-0).