Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Short-Track Speedskater Valerie Maltais Makes Move to Long Track

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Short-Track Speedskater Valerie Maltais Makes Move to Long Track

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Maltais makes move to long-track speeskating

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CALGARY - Decorated short-track speedskater Valerie Maltais is switching gears to long-track version of her sport.

The three-time Olympian from Saguenay, Que., won a relay silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in short track.

After a decade of training in Montreal with the Canadian short-track squad, Maltais has relocated to Calgary's Olympic Oval where the national long-track team is based.

"I've always thought that long track speed skating is a beautiful sport," Maltais said Tuesday in a statement from Speed Skating Canada.

"At my first Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver, I had tickets for the team pursuit event and the Canadian men's team won gold. That's when I started to follow long track more closely."

Short track's objective is to beat competitors to the finish line, which often results in contact and crashes. …

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