Ted-Jan Bloemen crowned World Cup Champion in 5000m/10,000m & Ivanie Blondin finishes second overall in 3000m/5000m at the 2018 ISU World Cup Final

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix skates to eighth place in first of two 500m events slated this weekend

Minsk, Belarus, March 17, 2018 – Ted-Jan Bloemen was crowned 2017-2018 World Cup Champion in the 5000m/10,000m category while Ivanie Blondin came up with silver in overall standings of the 3000m/5000m category, Saturday, at the 2018 ISU World Cup Final which is underway until Sunday in Minsk, Belarus.

Ted-Jan Bloemen, from Calgary, skated to a fifth-place finish (6:26.38) in Saturday's 5000m, which allowed him to earn first place overall in the 5000m/10,000m category with 486 points, ahead of Norway’s Sverre Lund Pederson (445). Third place went to Sven Kramer of the Netherlands (300), who was not present at this competition.

Pederson was the gold medalist in Saturday's 5000m with a time of 6:22.15, Russia’s Alexander Rumyantsev was second (6:23.81) and bronze went to Dutch skater Marcel Bosker (6:24.12).

"This was the perfect ending to an amazing season for me!," said Bloemen, second overall last year. "After becoming Olympic Champion, it has not been easy to get ready for this World Cup Final, but I wanted to win my first World Cup overall title. I am so grateful for everyone that worked so hard with me to get here!"

Ivanie Blondin, from Ottawa, raced to a bronze medal in the final 3000m of the season in a time of 4:11.77. With that placing, she finished second in overall World Cup standings in the distance with 439 points, improving on her eighth spot overall from last season. She finished behind Antoinette De Jong of the Netherlands (445) and ahead of Natalia Veronina of Russia (391).

Saturday, de Jong won the event with a time of 4:08.85, followed by Marina Zueva (4:11.63) from Belarus and Blondin.

“Well, I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished today. After a very long season, it was great to have a race that felt good and was very satisfying. I’m proud to be on both podiums,” said Blondin.

In the first of two men’s 500m events this weekend, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, QC, finished eighth in a time of 35.25. He is now in fourth place overall in the distance, but it's still possible for him to move as high as second place going into the final race on Sunday to determine the overall 500m World Cup Champion. Saturday's podium was a Dutch sweep with Hein Otterspeer in first (35.06), Jan Smeekens second (35.07) and Ronald Mulder in third position (35.08).

“My race today was better than I thought it would be. This week, I wasn’t feeling too great on the ice, technically and physically, so I wasn’t sure about what to expect for the race today. Finally, the race wasn’t too bad and I was actually in the mix with the top guys, which I’m happy about,” commented Alex Boisvert-Lacroix. “I will probably be more relaxed tomorrow and less nervous about the result, and just enjoy and let myself go in the race. I’m pretty excited to race tomorrow for sure.”

In team pursuit, the Canadian Teams, although not present at this competition, placed fourth for the women in the overall ranking and the men placed sixth overall.

The World Cup Final is limited to the best skaters based on the World Cup overall standings following the first five stages, including the 12 best per gender in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m distances, the 20 best in the mass start events and the six best in the team events.

At the World Cup Final, the point system is expanded for the top five finishers. The winner of each race gets 150 points compared to 100 for the other World Cups, followed by 120 (80) for second, 104 (70) for third, 90 (60) for fourth and 76 (50) for fifth – except for the 500m event, where both races are worth half the points (75 points for each race winner).

On the last day of competition, Sunday, the second of two 500m events is scheduled and is to be followed by the 1500m race, the team sprint and, finally, the mass start.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS
500m – M
8. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (35.25)

3000m – W
3. Ivanie Blondin (4:11.77)

5000m – M
5. Ted-Jan Bloemen (6:26.38)

FINAL OVERALL RANKINGS
3000m – W
2. Ivanie Blondin

5000m – M
1. Ted-Jan Bloemen

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