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(Posted 11:30 p.m., Jan. 13)
Orléans speed skater earns top 10 placing at World Junior Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native Ivanie Blondin placed eighth overall at the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sherbrooke on the weekend while earning a silver medal as part of Canada's 3,000 metre women's relay team. File photo


Ivanie Blondin made a triumphant return to the world stage on the weekend, finishing 8th overall at the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sherbrooke and earning a silver medal in the women's 3,000 metre relay event.

The Orléans native was competing internationally for the first time since the 2007 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic where she placed 12th overall as a 16-year-old.

After an off season last year, Blondin concentrated on earning her high school diploma during the summer before devoting her full attention to working out with the rest of the Canadian short track team at the National Training Centre in Montreal.

She managed to earn a spot on the World Junior team by placing third at the Canadian Junior Championships in December.

Although she failed make a final at the World Junior Championships, she did make the semi-finals in the 1000 metres, missing out on making the final by one spot, and she placed 7th in the 1500. Both results were a marked improvement from the World Championships in the Czech Republic where she placed 10th in the 1000 metres and 16th in the 1500. She also placed 11th in the 500 metres in Sherbrooke, one position better than her result in the Czech Republic.

But the highlight of the weekend was the women's 3000 metre relay in which she and teammates Valerie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais and Marie-Andrée Mendes-Campeau combined to win the silver medal.

The former Garneau high school student must now prepare for the Canadian Open Senior Championships which take place in Montreal from Jan. 16-18. The event willl double as the national team selection meet for a pair of
World Cup events in Europe next month and the World Short Track Championships in Vienna, Austria in early March.

(Posted 2:30 a.m., Jan. 13)

 

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