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(Posted:8 a.m., March 15)
Blondin captures bronze medal at World Cup Final in the Netherlands

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

In 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.

Orléans 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.

The Gloucester Concordes and national team member placed third in the mass start at the World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands on Friday.

It 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.

Compering 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 2018.

“I 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.

Blondin will spend today training for tomorrow's ladies team pursuit in which the Canadian team has a ligitmate shot at a medal.

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

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