2:30 a.m., Feb. 7)
speed skater continues to make strides on large oval
speed skater Ivanie Blondin is quickly proving that she is equally adept at long
track as she is on the tight short track course that has been her bread and butter
for the past eight years.
in only her second long track meet since 2003, Blondin placed first in the 1500
metres event at the North American Junior Championships in Calgary on Friday and
sixth in the 500. She'll
be hoping to add to her gold medal in the 1500 metres when she competes in the
1000 and 3000 metres later today.
debut in long track has been nothing short of spectacular. A week ago she finished
second overall at the Canadian Junior Championships in Richmond, B.C. to become
the first Canadian female to earn a trip to the World Junior championships in
both short track and long track in the same year.
Richmond, she placed second in the 1500 and first in the 3000. On Friday, she
improved her time in the 1500 by seven seconds to edge out Canadian champion Sarah
am really happy with my race and I feel that my technique is getting smoother,
Blondin said after the race.
track is different from short track in that the competitors are basically skating
against the clock rather than each other. There also isn't a mass start as you
have in short track and the oval is much larger.
placed eighth overall at the World Junior Short Track Championships in Sherbrooke
last month and helped Team Canada earn a silver medal in the 3000 metre relay.
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