end pair win four gold at Canadian long track championships
By Fred Sherwin
de Haitre and Isabelle Wedemann were golden
at the Canadian Single Distance Speed Skating
Championships in Calgary. File photos
by the results at the recent Canadian Single Distance
Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, the future of
the sport is in good hands and two pairs of those hands
belong to athletes from the east end.
Gloucester Concordes teammates Isabelle Weidemann and
Vincent de Haitre combined for four gold medals at the
national championships, solidifying their position on
the national team in the process.
Weidemann won her first ever senior gold medal on Day
2 of the event, eclipsing fellow Orléans native
Ivanie Blondin in the 3000-metres. The next day the 20-year-old
doubled up with a gold medal skate in the 5000-metres
after Blondin pulled out of the event.
win in the 3000-metres automaticaally qualified Weidemann
for the next World Cup event in Norway on Jan. 29-31.
The top Canadian in that event other than Blondin will
join her at the World Single Distance Championships in
Kolomna, Russia on Feb. 11-14.
could also compete in the 5000-metres at the World Championships,
but that decision will be up to Spped Skating Canada which
likely announce the World Championship team after the
World Cup in Norway.
Vincent de Haitre has already earned a spot on the team
based on his results in the fall. His first place performances
in the 1500- and 1000-metres in Calgary merely solidified
coach and I wanted to show why I was pre-qualified for
the 1000 and the 1500, so Im glad that I could win
both, said de Haître.
Weidemann, each event provides her with the opportunity
to gain valuable experience and improve her world ranking.
hope to improve my ranking to a top-10 spot internationally
and hopefully skate some more personal bests, and learn
a lot in the process, said Weidemann.
victorious Isabelle Weudemann stands between
Ivanie Blondin and Josie Spence after winning
the 3000-metres in Calgary. Speed Skating
3:30 p.m., Jan. 9)
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