On the last day of short track speed skating at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Team Alberta earned the silver medal the men’s and women’s team relay, courtesy of a strong performance by both teams.

In the women’s race, Quebec took off right from the sound the gun, and never trailed in the race. Alberta and Ontario fought a hard battle throughout the race, but Alberta took advantage of a small mistake from an Ontario skater and solidified its second place position for the remainder of the race. Alberta crossed the line in second place for the silver medal.

The men’s race was an all-out, record-breaking race between Alberta and Quebec. Both teams remained with striking distances for the whole race, with multiple lead exchanges near the end of the race. Ultimately, Quebec attacked at the right time and managed to take the win in the last couple of laps. Team Alberta finished a strong second for the silver medal.

Coach Cristina Lazarescu commented on the Canada Games experience: “It was amazing to see these athletes perform after four years of hard work. We managed to challenge Quebec in the men’s relay, and this was our goal. The girls also put in an amazing relay exchange. It’s a good team spirit that showed on the ice.”

“From a coach’s perspective, we expected Son to win the gold medal in the 500m. The coaching staff worked hard with her to bring her back from injuries. We were aiming for the top spot on the podium given her performances at the junior trials and the World Junior Championships.”

Coach Dustin Miller added about the men’s team relay: “It was an amazing race, actually more excited than I had expected. We knew Quebec was trying to lower the Canada Games record, and we knew we were capable of standing up with them. We did some good exchanges throughout the race with great timing at top speeds. We tweaked a few things in the exchanges to keep our guys up there. It was so close.”

“We have high hopes for the Olympic Oval program in Calgary. We are always developing. We have a strong base in Calgary with the Alberta skaters. The Oval is a great facility for them to come to, and we just look to grow on that for the next four years,” added Miller.

Lazarescu added: “We have to give credit to all the other athletes on the Oval program. We have 13 full-time skaters and four part-time skaters that have been important to the success of Team Alberta.”

Short Track Speed Skating earned a total of five medals for Team Alberta.