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Fort St. James skater Macdonald earns Oympic spot

Jamie Macdonald is going to the Olympics and she will be bringing a piece of the Fort with her. The 23-year-old from Fort St.
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Short track speed skater Jamie Macdonald of Fort St. James has been named to Canada's Olympic team fr the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She's scheduled to compete in the 500m event, starting with qualifying Feb. 10.
Jamie Macdonald is going to the Olympics and she will be bringing a piece of the Fort with her.
The 23-year-old from Fort St. James has been named to Canada's short track speed skating team for the Winter Olympics which start next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Macdonald is slated to compete in the women's 500-metre event which starts with qualifying on Feb. 10, the first Saturday of the Games. Finals will follow on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Macdonald is currently ranked second in Canada behind Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que., in the 500m event. Macdonald's best World Cup result in the 500 came in September in Budapest, Hungary, where she finished sixth. 
She's been on the World Cup podium twice this season, winning silver in the women's relay in Budapest and relay bronze in October in Dordrecht, Germany, the same city where she captured her first World Cup individual medal in 2015-16, a bronze in the 1,000 m.
Macdonald's racing roots can be traced back to her time as a club skater with the Fort St. James Falcons under coach Keith Gordon.