Volume 12 Week 5

Sunday, Jan. 20


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Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

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Tim Tierney

Local speed skaters shine at World Cup trials
By Fred Sherwin

Vincent de Haitre and Ivanie Blondin, two local speed skaters with Olympic aspirations, are in mid-season form as evident by their results at the recent World Cup trials in Calgary.

Cumberland native de Haitre skated the fastest time in the world so far this season in winning the 1500-metres on Sunday which came on the heels of a victory in the 1000-metres the day before.

“I put it in my race plan and did my best to follow it," de Haitre said after the race. "It gives me confidence going into the 1500m at World Cups knowing that I finally have a go-to strategy and that I can work forward from here.”

Orléans and fellow Gloucester Speedskating Club alum Ivanie Blondin won four of six women's finals over the weekend. After winning the 5000, 3000 and 1000 earlier in the meet, she came in first in the 1500 on Sunday despite suffering from bursitis to an ankle.

The condition kept her out of the mass start race, but as the reigning World Single Distance champion in the event she is prequalified for the upcoming World Cup meets in China, Japan, Kazahkstan and the Netherlands.

“I’m feeling pretty confident,” said Blondin. “Up until a week ago, I was struggling a lot with the setup of my boots, so we had to change a lot of things. Before trials, I was getting really nervous because I didn’t know where I was at. This is definitely reassuring for me to know that I am posting fast times and that I’m strong. I’m not fully rested yet, so that’s a positive thing to see that I am able to push through and perform well when I need to."

A third local skater, Isabelle Weidermann from Orléans, finished second to Blondin in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 metres.

“That is the first really big personal best that I’ve had in a while,” Weidemann said after the 1500-metre final. “I came in with a little bit more of a distance mindset and I didn’t know if I could whip out some sprints. I’ve been working a lot on my technique with my coach and we’ve been focusing on my starts, especially to improve my openers.”

The first World Cup event will take place in Harbin, China on Nov. 11-13.

(Posted 8:30 p.m., Oct. 24)


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