Positive results for Canadians at World Cup in Berlin Final competitive outings prior to Intact Insurance Speed Skating Trials in Calgary, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

Berlin, Germany, Dec. 6, 2013 – The challenge in an Olympic year is that athletes often push themselves too hard in search of the final performance improvements for the Games. Canadian long-track speed skater Ivanie Blondin believes she may have done that earlier this fall. After a disappointing start to the World Cup schedule, the 23-year-old is feeling positive after her best 3000m showing since 2011 here on Friday with her third-place finish in the B group at the Essent ISU World Cup in Germany.

Blondin’s time of four minutes 8.19 seconds was her best performance at that distance since her 4:07.86 on Feb. 12, 2011 on the very fast ice at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. She has been skating long-track internationally for only three years after switching from short-track.

 “I finally started feeling physically good this week and knew it would be a better race this weekend,” Blondin said.

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was two spots behind Blondin in fifth place in the B group 3000m.

William Dutton has obviously put his crash at the opening World Cup in Calgary in Nov behind him. The Humboldt, Sask., skater won the men’s B 500m metre on Friday in 35.47. The 23-year-old’s personal best is 34.89, posted on Jan. 19 of this year in Calgary.  

Dutton suffered a 12-stitch cut behind his right knee in the 1000m just under a month ago on Nov 9. He was taken from the Oval on a stretcher but returned to the track walking before the day’s racing was over.

“I’m really happy; it’s my first time winning B group,” said Dutton, who has another 500m on Sunday. “The injury could have been pretty severe but luckily I made a quick recovery. I made some mistakes in today’s race and I’m looking forward to racing again on Sunday.”

Two Canadians competed in A group events on Friday. Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was 16th in the 500m and Lucas Makowsky of Regina 18th in the 1500m.

Marsha Hudey and Kali Christ, both of Regina, were seventh and 11th respectively in the women’s B 500m.

Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was sixth in men’s B 1500m.

This World Cup is the final competition for the Canadians prior to the Intact Insurance Speed Skating Trials, which are used for Olympic selection, which are in Dec. 28-Jan. 3.

For live results from Berlin visit www.isuresults.eu

CANADIAN ROSTER FOR ESSENT ISU WORLD CUP, BERLIN, GERMANY:

Women:

  • Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa
  • Kali Christ, Regina
  • Marsha Hudey, Regina
  • Kaylin Irvine, Calgary
  • Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg

Men:

  • Jordan Belchos, Toronto
  • William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.
  • Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.
  • Lucas Makowsky, Regina.
  • Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.

Athlete bios can be found at : http://www.speedskating.ca/teams/long-track/national-team and http://www.speedskating.ca/teams/long-track/development-team

SCHEDULE FOR ESSENT ISU WORLD CUP BERLIN, GERMANY (WORLD CUP #4):

Saturday, Dec. 7:


Women’s 500m B;
Men’s 1000m B;
Women’s 1500m B;
Women’s 500m A;
Men’s 1000m A;
Women’s 1500m A;
Men’s Team Pursuit

Sunday, Dec. 8:

Men’s 500m B;
Women’s 1000m B;
Men’s 5000m B;
Men’s 500m A;
Women’s 1000m A;
Men’s 5000m A;
Women’s Team Pursuit