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(Posted 2:30 a.m., Feb. 7)
Orléans speed skater continues to make strides on large oval
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans 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.

Competing 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.

Blondin's 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.

In 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 Gregg.

“I am really happy with my race and I feel that my technique is getting smoother,” Blondin said after the race.

Long 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.

Blondin 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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