Short Track

Curtis Ng - Friday Feb. 14, 2014 22:59 ET

Charles Hamelin chases 2nd short track medal of Sochi Games

Marianne St-Gelais, 4 other Canadians to compete Saturday

Charles Hamelin 1000m short track heats

Charles Hamelin, seen leading his heat on Thursday in the 1,000 metres, will compete for his second medal of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Saturday. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais headline the Canadians competing in short track at Adler Arena on Saturday in Sochi.

Hamelin is one of three Canadians who will be skating in the quarter-finals of the men's 1,000-metre event.

The 29-year-old from Ste. Julie, Que., was denied a chance to become Canada's most decorated Olympian of all time when his men's 5,000-metre relay team finished last on Thursday.

He needed to medal in all four of his events in Sochi to overtake speedskater and cyclist Clara Hughes and speedskater Cindy Klassen, who lead all Canadian Olympians with six medals apiece.

Aside from the gold Hamelin won on Monday in the 1,500-metre event, he also won gold in the 500-metre and 5,000-metre relay events from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a silver in the 5,000-metre relay from the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

Olivier Jean, 29, of Lachenaie, Que., and Charle Cournoyer, 22, of Longueil, Que., will compete alongside Hamelin in Saturday's 1,000-metre event.

Coverage begins at 4:55 a.m. ET on TSN, with the semifinals taking place an hour after the quarters begin. The final will occur at 7:20 a.m. ET.

St-Gelais in 1,500m

The other half of Canada's favourite couple will also compete on Saturday, skating in the women's 1,500-metre short track event.

St-Gelais, Hamelin's girlfriend, will skate in the heats starting at 5 a.m., which will be followed by the semifinals roughly an hour later.

The 24-year-old from Saint-Felicien, Que., is coming off disappointment after failing to make the final for the women's 500 metres. She finished third in her heat in the semis on Thursday with a time of 44.069 seconds.

Joining St-Gelais in the 1,500-metre heats are Valerie Maltais, 23, of La Baie, Que., and Marie-Eve Drolet, 32, of Montreal.

Maltais and Drolet are both participating in their second Olympics, but while it's only been four years since Maltais' last appearance, it's been 12 years since Drolet made her Olympic debut.

After winning a bronze medal in the women's 3000-metre relay at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Drolet, then only 20 years old, decided to retire from competition and focus on her studies.

She watched the 2006 Turin Olympics on TV, but was lured back to the track when Vancouver won its bid to host the Games in 2010, however she did not qualify for a spot.

The heats for the women's 1,500 metres will be streamed online at 5:00 a.m. ET and carried on CBC-TV at 6 a.m. ET. The semifinals are scheduled for 6:12 a.m., followed by the final at 7:06 a.m.

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