“Canadian Speed Skating Trio Secures Silver Medal at ISU World Cup in Beijing”
Brooklyn McDougall, Ivanie Blondin, and Maddison Pearman raced to a silver medal in the women’s Team Sprint event, helping Canada to a total of four medals at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Beijing. In their first race of the season, the trio finished the three-lap sprint with a time of 1:28.76, overcoming a slow start to secure their spot on the podium, only 1.02 seconds behind the gold medalists from the Netherlands. Poland wrapped up the podium in bronze medal position.
Season Promising for the Canadian Team
A medal in the first Team Sprint of the 2023-24 campaign is a promising result for the Canadian team, who finished second in the World Cup rankings last season, winning three silver medals. The Canadians finished the season on top of the podium in Heerenveen where they were crowned World Champions, Canada’s first-ever world title in the discipline. This achievement sets a high bar for the team’s performance in the current season.
Slight Lineup Change Brings Success
Equally as promising is that the Canadians achieved a podium finish with a slightly different lineup, as 27-year-old Olympian Pearman took over the spot occupied last season by Carolina Hiller. It marked the second World Cup medal of Pearman’s career, demonstrating that the team’s success is not solely reliant on a single lineup.
Continued Success in the World Cup
Following their success in Beijing, the Canadian team will continue their efforts in the ISU World Cup Speed Skating with two stops in Europe next month, in Stavanger, Norway, and Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Fans can catch the live races on CBC Sports digital platforms, including CBCSports.ca and the CBC Gem app.
“We are very happy with the first Team Sprint of the season! It was a great race to build off for the remaining World Cups this season.” – Brooklyn McDougall
“I’m very excited to be on the podium with the girls today. I haven’t done a Team Sprint since the fall of 2021 and I forgot just how fun they were! We had a few last-minute decisions before getting on the ice that paid off so looking forward to the rest of the season.” – Maddison Pearman
The performance of Canadian speed skaters in the ISU World Cup Speed Skating demonstrated that the team is a strong contender for the upcoming races, raising the bar for their future performance, breaking records, and setting new standards in the sport.”