On the ice at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Hon Won Son of Calgary took the gold medal in the 500m short track speed skating, facing two Quebec skaters and Claudia Heeney of Ontario in the ultimate race.

“I feel amazing right now. It’s definitely not a result that I expected. The final was pretty tough. All three of us were on the World Junior Team last January, so I knew the competition would be tough. I knew any one of them could come out with the gold,” said Son, all smiles, after the race. “The crowd was definitely the biggest factor. The most fun thing to do was racing with that crowd, cheering you on.”

Inspired by the spirit of Canadians after watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Son started speed skating. Since she lives in a city that hosted the 1988 Olympics, she joined a Learn To Skate program at the Olympic Oval after the 2010 Olympic Game and fell in love with the sport.

In the men’s 500m final, Brendan Yamada of Calgary, AB faced off against three Quebec competitors at the start line and managed to squeeze in a third place for Alberta’s third short track speed skating medal of these Canada Games.

“I’m super grateful to be representing Alberta and earn this medal on behalf of Alberta. Tonight was one of the best starts that I ever had. Will just stepped out deep and blocked me. I was just chasing from that point on. Felix fell, and I just hung on from there. I’ll never forget the experience at the Canada Games. It’s just amazing just spending time with my teammates, seeing all the other events, being in this atmosphere.”