Volume 12 Week 5

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Speed Skating
Ivanie Blondin falls short in bid for World Cup repeat
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans speedskater Ivanie Blondin ended her season on a disappointing note on Sunday, falling short in her bid to successfully defend her World Cup mass start title in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The recently crowned World Champion in the mass start went into the final World Cup event of the season trailing Dutch skater Irene Schouten by 16 points.

The task was clear, all Blondin had to do to win her second World Cup title in a row was finish ahead of her Dutch rival. A task that would prove much easier said than done.

The race started out very much in Blondin's favour when Schouten was knocked down and taken into the boards by Italian skater Francesca Lollobrigida.

It took Schouten the better part of 20 laps to catch up to the leaders, and with two laps to go she was breathing down Blondin's neck.

When Blondin's momentum took her wide coming off the final turn, Schouten seized the moment and passed her on the inside in a move that was reminiscent of Blondin's wiinning pass coming off the final turn at the World Championships.

Blondin ended up earning her third silver medal to along with two bronze medals in five World Cup events. Her only win in the mass start this season came at the aforementioned World Single Distance Championships.

Blondin wasn't the only local skater competing at the World Cup finale. Cumberland native and fellow Gloucester Concordes member Vincent de Haitre bounced back from a ninth place performance in the 1000-metre final to win a silver medal in the Team Pursuit final with fellow Team Canada members Gilmore Junio and Alexandre St-Jean.

(Posted 2:30 p.m., March 13)


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