8:30 p.m., Dec. 28)
speedskater earns ticket to Sochi
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Concordes member Ivanie Blondin
has earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic
Speed Skating team after placing second in
the 3000 metres at the Olympic trials in Calgary.
since she was a young girl, Orléans speedskater
Ivanie Blondin has dreamed about competing at the Winter
dream is about to come true after the 23-year-old Gloucester
Concordes member earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic
team with a second place finish in the 3000 metres at
the national team trials in Calgary on Saturday.
feel absolutely amazing. It's something I've always dreamt
about and to think I will soon be an Olympian... I'm at
a loss for words," Blondin told OrleansOnline.ca
shortly after the race.
been a long journey for Blondin who started speed skating
when she was seven years old. After a successful junior
career competing in short track, she made the switch to
long track in 2010.
she had a better chance of making it to the Olympics on
the oval, Blondin soon began to specialize in the 3000
and 5000. In her first season comperting on the Canadian
Development Team she placed ffth in the 3000 and first
in the 5000 at the Canadian Single Distance Championships.
2011-2012, she suffered a setback and ended the season
ranked eighth nationally in both distances. She bounced
back last season with a first place result in the 5000
metres at the fall trials and a second place finish in
the 3000 metres. She was also named to the pursuit team
which had a win, two seconds and a third place result
in five World Cup meets.
the beginning of the current season, Blondin placed first
in both the 3000 and the 5000 at the World Cup trials.
She then fell victim to over-training and was gassed by
the time the first World Cup was held in Calgary. She
ended up placing 16th in the 3000 in the A Division and
43rd overall. A week later she placed 24th in the B Division
in Salt Lake City and 40th overall.
Salt Lake City she tapered off her training with the goal
of being ready for the Olympic trials.
Blondin has already earned a spot on the Olympic team
in the 3000, she will be looking to put in a good time
in the 5000 on the final day of the week long selection
meet next Friday to qualify for the Olympics in the loger
distance. She's also been named to the Canadian Olympic
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