Elks finish Winter Games strong after slow start

The B.C. Winter Games saw a number of firsts, including the first long track speed skating event in its history. Fort St. John Elks skaters Matthew Mitchell, Cheyanne Key, and Emma North all medalled. Ausin MacGregor competed as well.

While the trio were expected to perform better at the long track than short track, there were still nerves on the final day after they were indeed shutout in the short track events.

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“I was a bit stressed after the short track, but my coaches said to put it behind you, and you know what you can do in long track so go do it,” Mitchell said.

North didn’t feel ready at all but that didn’t prevent her from winning two silver medals on Sunday.

“I was really nervous and didn’t think I was ready for the long track events, but it went very well,” she said.

Key said her ankle had been bothering her all weekend, but when the time came, she pushed through and won both long track races.

Key won the gold in both the 500m and 7-lap mass start race, while North won the silver in both races. Mitchell won the gold in the 500m and silver in the 7-lap.

Racing at home was a thrill for the speed skaters, who had an awesome time all weekend.

“Even if we didn’t medal it would have been awesome, just with all the friends we met and all the family and friends we had around us,” North said. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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