Schussler 19th, Blondin 24th in women’s 3000m in Sochi

Brittany Schussler

Sochi, Russia, Feb. 9, 2014 – Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 19th and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa 24th in the women’s 3000m on Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

It was Schussler’s first 3000m metres at the Olympic Games in her second Olympic appearance. The 1500m is her strongest distance. Her time Sunday was four minutes, 14.65 seconds.

“I’m the Canadian 3000m champion and proud of it, so I wanted to do really well out here today,” Schussler said.

Blondin was making her Olympic debut and skated to a 4:18.70. She will also skate the 5000m and will join Schussler, Kali Christ of Regina and Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., in the team pursuit.

“It’s maybe not a great time but I’m proud to be here,” Blondin said. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned. I know people back home are watching and supporting me. I’m still happy about it. I’ve gained experience from it.”

Four Canadian men will skate the 500m on Monday with an 8 a.m. Eastern start time. They are: William Dutton, Humboldt, Sask.; Jamie Gregg, Edmonton; Gilmore Junio, Calgary; Muncef Ouardi, Quebec.

Skating for Canada in the women’s 500m on Tuesday are Anastasia Bucsis, Calgary; Marsha Hudey, White City, Sask.; Christine Nesbitt, London, Ont.; Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg, Red Deer, Alta. That event starts at 7:45 a.m. Eastern

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