Ryan McAnuff and Liam O’Brien got their season under way at this weekend’s ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Montreal, Canada.
They both opened their racing in the 1500m quarterfinals on the first day of competition. O’Brien raced in Heat 5 clocking 2:22.282 in 6th place. McAnuff was up right after in Heat 6 and he also placed 6th in a time 2:26.517.
Next up for McAnuff was Heat 1 of the 500m preliminaries where he finished 5th in a time of 43.490. O’Brien was back out on the ice for Heat 8 the 1000m (2) heats and posted a time of 1:27.305 to finish 3rd missing out on advancing by one place.
Both skaters were back on Day Two for the 1500m repechage quarterfinals. McAnuff ended up 4th in Heat 3 in a time of 2:27.525. He ranked 41st for the distance. O’Brien was next up in Heat 4 and raced to 3rd clocking 2:21.782 which was good enough to advance to the repechage semifinals in the same session. O’Brien was drawn in Heat 1 and placed 4th in a time of 2:31.394. His ranking for the distance was 28th.
The final day of competition began with Heat 2 of the 500m repechage quarterfinals for McAnuff. He closed his racing at this World Cup with a 5th place finish in a time of 43.871. He placed 47th overall in the distance.
“I really enjoyed racing against the top skaters in the world,” McAnuff said. “As always, it was challenging racing but this provided great learning opportunities. It is a privilege to be here and I am proud of how I did!”
O’Brien lined up in Heat 2 of the 1000m (2) repechage quarterfinals. Unfortunately, he slipped during the race crashing into the barriers. He got back up coming home in 6th with a time of 2:13.757.
“Unfortunately I let the nerves of the first competition of the season get to me and was not aware of what was going on around me during the races on the first day,” O’Brien said. “On the second day in the 1500m repechage I was happy as I showed glimpses of my training results throughout the off season. Going into next week I just need to build on my confidence throughout the training week and not doubt myself when a chance opens up.”