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(Posted6:8:30 a.m., Feb. 9)
Blondin makes Olympic debut, places 24th in 3000 metres

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans own Ivanie Blondin competes in the 3000 metres long track speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics early Sunfay morning. Getty Images

Orléans speed skater Ivanie Blondin made her Olympic debut on Sunday, jumping out to a strong start in the 3000 metres before falling off the pace to finish 24th out of 28 skaters.

Her time of 4:18.70 was well off her personal best of 4:07.86 which she set at altitude in Calgary in 2011, and three ans half seconds slower than her 15th place finish at last year's World Single Distance Championships on the same ice.

The speed skating oval in Sochi is at sea level and the ice is considered slow compared to other speed skating venues on the World Cup circuit.

Still the 3000 is merely a warm up for the 5000, which is Blondin's specialty, and the team pursuit, in which Canada is conisidered to be a medal threat.

Blondin's best event on the World Cup circuit is actually the mass start where she's ranked third in the world. Unfortunately, the race is not part of the Olympic competition.

At just 24 years of age, Blindin is still a mere beginner in long track having only made the switch from short track just four years ago. Many world class speed skaters don't reach their prime until their late 20s, meaning Blondin Olympic future is bright indeed.

Orléans own Ivanie Blondin competes in the 3000 metres long track speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics early Sunfay morning. Getty Images

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