Charles Hamelin, NHL’s Nathan MacKinnon in skate race (video)

Charles Hamelin

Three-time Olympic short track speed skating champion Charles Hamelin and fellow Canadian Nathan MacKinnon, the reigning NHL Rookie of the Year, faced off in an interesting race recently.

They sprinted against each other, and it appeared MacKinnon got the best of Hamelin.

There are caveats here, such as the extra pounds MacKinnon carried with hockey gear on and the different types of skates, but it was an interesting experiment.

“I have maybe a little bit better reaction at the start,” Hamelin said, “but his acceleration was way too fast for me.”

The short track World Cup season starts Nov. 7 in Salt Lake City.

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