Alyson Charles of Montreal, Quebec has got off to a fantastic start to begin her 2018-19 World Cup short track speed skating season. On Sunday, Charles won gold in the women’s 1000 metres in a World Cup event in Salt Lake City, Utah. It would be her first World Cup victory of her career and fourth medal, as the dynamic Canadian rookie won three World Cup short track speed skating bronze medals just a week before in Calgary.
Charles posted a winning time of one minute, 31.234 seconds in the final. Anna Seidel of Germany won the silver medal with a time of one minute, 31.237 seconds. Ah Rum Noh of South Korea won the bronze medal with a time of one minute, 31.349 seconds.
Charles reached the podium by 0.276 seconds over Rianne de Vries of the Netherlands. de Vries posted a fourth place time of 1:31.510.
Charles was one of two Canadians to earn a World Cup medal in short track speed skating this past weekend in Salt Lake City. Steven Dubois of Lachenaie, Quebec won the bronze medal in the men’s 1500 metre event on Saturday.
Dubois posted a third place time in the final of 2:13.424. Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 2:13.113. June Seo Lee of South Korea won the silver medal with a time of 2:13.214. Dubois reached the podium by 0.67 seconds over Keita Watanabe of Japan, who finished in fourth place with a time of 2:13.491. The medals for Charles and Dubois will give the confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.