“Canadian Speed Skaters Take Home Double Podium at Beijing World Cup
Canadian speed skaters, Ivanie Blondin and Valérie Maltais, have left their mark on the ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Cup in Beijing, China by securing a double podium in the women’s mass start event. This achievement marks only the second time that two Canadian athletes have achieved such a feat at this level, during a World Cup competition.
The winners of the women’s mass start event, Marijke Groenewoud of the Netherlands, finished first with an impressive time of 8:24.71, while Blondin and Maltais claimed the second and third positions respectively, with times of 8:37.58 and 8:37.74.
Blondin and Maltais have proven themselves as consistent and talented athletes by also claiming a silver in the team pursuit last weekend in Obihiro, Japan. These recent victories speak to their exceptional skill and determination.
On the men’s side, Laurent Dubreuil secured a spot on the podium by winning the silver medal in the 500m-2 event, yet Japan’s Wataru Morishige emerged victorious again in the 500m event, finishing just 0.12 seconds ahead of Dubreuil. Additionally, Ted-Jan Bloemen just missed a podium finish in the men’s 5000m, demonstrating the high level of competition at this World Cup.
With five more events on the horizon, the Canadian speed skating team is undoubtedly driven to continue their medal-winning streak in Beijing.
Looking ahead, it’s evident that Canadian speed skating is in a promising position to make an even greater impact on the international stage. As these athletes continue to break new ground, it’s clear that Canadian speed skating is heading in the right direction with a force to be reckoned with.”