Ivanie Blondin & Ben Donnelly to represent Canada at the ISU World Allround Championships

Calgary, March 1, 2017 – Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, and Ben Donnelly of Oshawa, ON will be the two Canadian representatives at the ISU World Allround Championships to be held March 4-5 in Hamar, Norway.

Skaters will first take part in the 500m, 1500m, women’s 3000m and men’s 5000m events. Following these three individual events, the first eight per gender in the overall ranking will then take part in the women’s 5000m or men’s 10,000m events to get additional points to crown an overall champion.

The 500m, women’s 3000m and men’s 5000m will be held Saturday, while the 1500m, women’s 5000m and men’s 10,000m event are scheduled Sunday. There are no medals for each individual distance, only based on the final ranking at the end of the competition.

Ivanie Blondin, who won a bronze medal in the 5000m while finishing in 4th place in the 3000m at the World Single Distance Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, a couple of weeks ago, took the 16th spot in the final ranking of the World Allround Championships last year in Berlin, Germany.

“My objectives for this year World Allround Championships are to finish in the top five, said Blondin. Given all my personal bests, I believe that this should be possible for me to achieve. I would also like to take this weekend as preparation for World Cup Final mentally and physically.”

Ben Donnelly will take part in his first-ever World Allround Championships after he finished first in the cumulative ranking of the 500m, 1500m and 5000m events at the Canadian Single Distance Championships held in Calgary early in January.

“I am feeling very confident in my abilities going into my first-ever World Allround Championships”, said Donnelly who took the 4th spot in the team pursuit at the recent World Single Distance Championships. “I was able to finish first in the overall at the World Junior Championships last year, so I am looking forward to see how I measure up at the senior level and give the veterans a run for the money.”

Canada will aim to get back on the podium at the ISU World Allround Championships for the first time since 2012 where Christine Nesbitt finished third overall in the women’s side.

Broadcast on CBC
The Canadian team's performances will be broadcast on CBC this Sunday, March 5, from 1 pm to 2 pm. Races will also be webstreamed on www.cbcsports.ca and on the ISU Skating Channel at http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/isu/.

Members of the Canadian Team at the 2017 ISU World Allround Championships

WOMEN                                                              
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)

MEN
-DONNELLY, Ben (Oshawa, ON)

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.

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