MISE À DAY
Winner of the 1500 m, La Rue earned his ticket to the last two stages of the World Cup of the season in Poland. It will be a first since the winter of 2020 and La Rue will get the bonus opportunity to qualify for the world championship if he manages to slip into the top three Canadians at the last World Cup. the year.
“It feels good to perform like that,” said the skater with his best smile. It's been a long time since I took part in a World Cup. I have had several disappointments over the past two years due to various injuries and I am happy to have proven that I am still of international caliber.”
“ I have worked hard in the past few months and my efforts have been rewarded, added La Rue who clocked 1 min 47.47 s to beat Jake Weidemann and Vincent de Haître. It was a blow in October when my buddies left for the World Cup and I was one of the only ones to stay here. I had the chance to compete internationally early in my career, but this selection is even more satisfying given the context. ”
While he will also try to qualify for the 1000 m on Saturday, La Rue is not setting performance goals for his return to the big stage.
“ I want to find experience and racing sensations at the highest level so that it comes back to a natural. I want to build on that. ”
Pre-qualified in the 3000 m, mass start and team pursuit for the last two World Cups, Valérie Maltais wanted to add an event to her schedule, but she didn't have a good day.
< p>The Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit in Beijing finished third in the 1500 m by virtue of a time of 2 min 00.13s.
“ I am not not happy at all with my race, summed up Maltais. My execution was not on point unlike what was happening in training. The intensity was there at the start, but I was not leaning enough on the ice. I know what I had to do, but I didn't. The form is there, but I wasn't even tired finishing my race. »
« I'm disappointed, but I shouldn't try to analyze my race too much, to add Maltais who will also take the start of the 1000 m. Qualifying for the 1500m would have been a bonus. In the 1000 m, I will try to practice my speed. I have a big bike training on Friday [today]. Thefocus is my end of the season and not my race tomorrow. ”