For the first time ever, Toronto hosted a short track speed skating World Cup event, specifically in Etobicoke at the Mastercard Centre. Canada had always had a strong presence in the sport, particularly in Quebec, and had previously hosted such events in other parts of the country, but never before in Toronto. Approximately 200 volunteers were recruited from Ontario's speed skating community to help make this event a success. The athletes took it from there. On the men's side, the Canadians had a dominant showing, taking two gold medals and a silver medal in the 500m (they raced this distance twice), one gold medal in each of the 1000m and the 5000m relay, and a bronze medal in the 1500m. On the women's side, the South Korean women demonstrated their supremacy in this sport, with gold medals in ALL individual distances and the relay, throwing in a silver medal in the 1500m for good measure. The Canadian women were led by Marianne St-Gelais, who won a silver and a bronze medal, and Valerie Maltais who took home a bronze medal in the 1000m.