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Gauthier wins bronze at Winter Universiade

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According to the Winter Universiade website, Yoan Gauthier of Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec won a bronze medal on Wednesday in the men's 1500m short track speed skating event at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy. With the medal, Team Canada earned its first medal of the prestigious international competition.

In the finals, Jinkyu Noh of South Korea won the gold medal with a time of 2:16.810, followed by Cheonho Um of South Korea with a time of 2:16.852. Gauthier's time of 2:17.742 was 0.787 seconds faster than Hiroki Yokoyama of Japan.

Noh meanwhile is a serious medal contender in the men's 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. In the men's 1500m, he won the World Championship in 2011 in Sheffield, Great Britain, and then again at the 2012 World Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Shanghai. Noh also won the gold medal in a 1500m warm-up event in Sochi last February and won the World Cup standings in the men's 1500m.

Even though it took the Canadian squad seven days to earn a medal, there are positive signs yet to come in two sports where Canada has a rich history--hockey and curling.

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