August 21st, 2017

Concussion symptoms force St-Gelais out of short track team trials


By The Canadian Press on August 12, 2017.

MONTREAL – Short-track speed skater Marianne St-Gelais withdrew from the Canadian team trials on Saturday with to concussion symptoms.

St-Gelais was injured in a fall on Friday.

She will not take part in the five-team team selections that opened on Saturday. Under team selection rules, the double silver medallist from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver can request a bye in order to compete at the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In a statement, St-Gelais called the injury disappointing.

“I was in great shape and at the top of my form going into this competition and I was ready to qualify through my performances on the ice,” the Saint-Felicien, Que., native said. “My health is the most important thing and I should not take any chances, so I will follow the protocol and the medical personnel’s instructions.

“I will file a bye request and the Short Track High Performance Committee will make the decision on my Olympic participation. I had my best years after the (2014) Sochi Games, as I won my first world championship title and was second in the world overall last season. I know I belong at the Olympics, so I’m not worried about the fact that the decision lies in the committee’s hands.”

Courtney Sarault of Moncton, N.B., has been added to the group of 16 women who will take part in the competition.


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