Blondin, Belchos win distance races at World Cup Fall Trials - Final day of Trials, Calgary

Blondin, Belchos win distance races at World Cup Fall Trials - Final day of Trials, Calgary

Photo credit: Dave Holland www.daveholland.ca

Calgary, October 20, 2013 – A pair of Ontarians, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa and Jordan Belchos of Toronto, won the distance events Sunday at Speed Skating Canada’s World Cup Fall Trials at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Blondin captured the women’s 5000 m in seven minutes, 12.65 seconds while Belchos won the men’s 10000 m in 13:40.33.

Blondin also won the 3,000 on Thursday but was much happier with her skate on Sunday.

“It’s the first races that we do at the beginning of the year that count, so obviously it’s a bit nerve-wracking,” Blondin said.

“I think the nerves got to me a bit the first day. But today I was super-pumped to race and super excited and it was a completely different feeling before my 5 k than before my 3 k. So, I think I’m headed in the right direction.”

Blondin’s margin of victory was 4.89 seconds. Nicole Garrido of Edmonton clocked in at 7:17.54. Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., placed third in 7:19.72. Fourth went to Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and fifth to Lauren McGuire of Ottawa.

Belchos was happy with his result since he competed while fighting a head cold. He placed second in the 5000 m on Thursday behind Lucas Makowsky of Regina, Sask.. Today, Makowsky finished 7.70 seconds behind Belchos with a time of 13:48.03. Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was third in 13:53.35.. Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was third in 13:53.35.

“I’ve been sick all week so I knew it wasn’t going to be that good,” Belchos said. “I just tried to do what I had to do to qualify. I knew today wasn’t going to be anything special for sure and it definitely wasn’t.”

The top five racers in all distances qualify to race the first four World Cups of the season with the exception of the men’s 5000 and 10000, in which only three skaters will be named to the Canadian team.

The World Cup season opens Nov. 8-10 in Calgary followed by stops in Salt Lake City, Astana, Kazakhstan, and Berlin, Germany.