a.m., March 15)
captures bronze medal at World Cup Final in the Netherlands
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans speed skater Ivanie Blondin
(right) placed third in the Mass Start event
at the World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands
on Friday. File photo
a sport that features paired athletes competing against
the clock, the mass start event in long track speed skating
is an exciting anomaly that has yet to gain Olympic acceptance.
speed skater Ivanie Blondin is hoping that wll change
by the 2018 Olympics in Pyongchang, South Korea, and for
good reason, she's one of the top athletes in the world
in the event.
Gloucester Concordes and national team member placed third
in the mass start at the World Cup Final in Heerenveen,
Netherlands on Friday.
is Blondin's third mass start medal in the past two years.
She won a pair of silver medals last year in the second
World Cup of the season and the World Cup final.
at her first Olympics in Sochi, Blondin's best result
was a 14th place finish in the 5000 metres. She's hoping
the mass start will get Olympic acceptance in time for
absolutely love that race. I really wish they pull through
and have the mass start event in 2018, says Blondin,
whose previous experience in short track gives a decided
advantage in the mass start.
will spend today training for tomorrow's ladies team pursuit
in which the Canadian team has a ligitmate shot at a medal.
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