11:30 p.m., Jan. 13)
speed skater earns top 10 placing at World Junior Championships
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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.
managed to earn a spot on the World Junior team by placing third at the Canadian
Junior Championships in December.
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.
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.
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
2:30 a.m., Jan. 13)
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