One of the top highlights of week one for Team Manitoba’s athletes came on the ice at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Long track speed skaters Tyson Langelaar and Alexa Scott won seven gold medals between the two of them. Langelaar won four golds and Scott won three.
“I was excited what I did accomplish this past week,” Langelaar said. “But I had high expectations for myself coming in. I thought if I could execute all my races, do my best, I thought I could accomplish a lot. So I think I surpassed my expectations.
Scott didn’t arrive in Red Deer until Monday. It was a quick turnaround.
“I had 12 hours from the time I arrived here to the time we had to be at the rink so it was a challenge but I just had to deal with it,” she said.
This was the second Canada Winter Games for Langelaar, who also competed for Manitoba in 2015 in Prince George, B.C.
“It was a lot different being more of a veteran of the team compared to a young rookie,” he said. “It was a good time.”
Langelaar said he has one more competition at the end of March before the off-season and summer training.
“I think just focusing on getting back in shape for next season is my future goal,” he said.
Despite missing the first few days of competition, Scott said she had a blast in Red Deer.
“It’s been a lot of fun, enjoyed spending time with my teammates,” she said.
Langelaar also won a silver medal earlier in the week, while Scott set two Canada Games records in two separate races.