a.m., Feb. 22)
Blondin completes first Olympic experience on a high note
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans native Ivanie Blondin is looking
forward to Sunday's closing ceremonies in
Sochi after helping Canada's women's pursuit
team beat the United States to place fifth
in the event. File photo
Olympian Ivanie Blondin completed her Olympics on a high
note Saturday by helping Canada's women's long track pursuit
team beat the U.S. to finish in fifth place.
joined teammates Brittany Schussler and Kali Christ in
completing six laps of the Sochi Olympic oval in 3:02.04,
as the fourth member of the team, Christine Nesbitt, cheered
Canadians were the victims of an unlucky quarterfinal
draw which saw them skate against the Russian team. Although
they lost the match-up, the Canadians put down the third
fastest time of the session. Only the eventual gold medal
team from the Netherlands and the Russians who would go
on to win bronze skated faster than them.
of the eight teams that competed for medals and Olympic
rankings on Saturday, the Canadians still put down the
fourth fastest time behind the Netherlands, Russia and
Poland which skated a 3:00.60 against Russia in the semi-finals.
Blondin, who had an up and down result in her individual
races, it was a satisfying way to end her first Olympic
experience. The 23-year-old Garneau high school grad,
placed a very respectable 24th in the 3,000 metres, but
failed to match the success she had at last year's World
Single Distance Championships in Sochi in the 5,000 metres.
year, she finished in eighth place with a time of 7:13.16.
Skating on the same oval on Wednesday she placed 14th
with a time of 7:20.10.
in all it was a wonderful experience for someone whose
future in long track speed skating is still ahead of her.
For now she will be able to let down her hair and join
her teammates in Sunday's closing ceremony with dreams
of competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,
South Korea swirling in her head.
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