Ivanie Blondin

Ivanie Blondin (born April 2, 1990) is a Canadian speed skater. She primarily skates in the long distances of 3000 m, 5000 m, as well as the mass start event. Blondin won a silver medal in the mass start event at the 2015 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships[2] and a gold medal in the same event at the 2020 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.[3] She also won the silver medal at the 2020 World Allround Speed Skating Championships.[4]

Ivanie Blondin
2013 WSDC Sochi - Ivanie Blondin.JPG
Ivanie Blondin in 2013
Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1990-04-02) April 2, 1990 (age 30)
Ottawa, Ontario[1]
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
CountryCanada
SportSpeed skating
Event(s)5000 m, Mass start
ClubGloucester Concordes

CareerEdit

She began her career competing in short track speed skating while a youth in the Gloucester Concordes skating club. She competed there with fellow Olympian Vincent De Haître to whom she says she feels like an older sister towards.[5] After Blondin failed to qualify in short track for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver she nearly quit sport. Mike Rivet, her coach in Gloucester, convinced her to switch to long track, a decision which she says "I was ready to quit skating because I was just so discouraged and disappointed with it. I think (the switch) was the best decision I could have ever made."[5] As a result, Blondin represented Canada in both the long distance events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as well as the team pursuit event.

Blondin won her first major competitive medal when she placed second in the mass start event at the 2015 World Single Distance Championships. After the race she said "I would have preferred the gold medal, but finishing first at this stage of my career remains a big accomplishment for me, so I'm super pumped with second place. I'm ecstatic with the result, which follows a fantastic season."[2]

2018 OlympicsEdit

After results from the 2017–18 ISU Speed Skating World Cup, Blondin pre-qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[6] She competed in the 3000 m, 5000 m, mass start, and team relay events.

In 2020, she won the mass start event gold medal at the 2020 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, United States.[3] This was followed up with the silver medal at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in March. She was the first Canadian woman to reach the overall podium at that event since 2012, and only the fifth since the event started in 1936.[4].

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[7]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 38.83 23 February 2019 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:14.18 4 January 2020 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:51.76 8 February 2020 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:57.56 13 February 2020 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
5000 m 6:48.98 15 February 2020 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City

She is currently in 5th position in the adelskalender.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Speed Skating Canada. "Profile". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Blondin wins silver, Dubreuil bronze at speed skating worlds". CBC Sports. February 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Coon, John (February 16, 2020). "Ivanie Blondin claims mass start gold at world speed skating championships". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Blondin earns rare overall podium finish for Canadian women at allround speed skating worlds". CBC Sports. March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Ottawa-raised speed skaters qualify for 1st Olympics together". CBC Sports. January 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Potential battles for the last Olympic spots available set to take place at 2018 Long Track Team Selections". speedskating.ca/. Speed Skating Canada. December 29, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ivanie Blondin". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  8. ^ "Adelskalendern". evertstenlund.se. Retrieved November 3, 2018.

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