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Ivanie Blondin fifth in provisional standings after first day of ISU World Allround Championships

Hamar, Norway, March 4, 2017 – Ivanie Blondin is fifth in women's provisional overall standings after the first day of competition at the ISU World Allround Championships scheduled to take place until Sunday in Hamar, Norway, while Ben Donnelly is in 16th place on the men's side.
 
On Saturday, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, started off her day with an eighth-place finish in the women's 500m with a time of 39.61 seconds, and she then skated to ninth place in the 3000m in 4:08.29 to end up fifth in provisional standings.

Ivanie Blondin and 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.

Laurent Dubreuil the top Canadian with a 6th place overall ranking at the 2017 ISU World Sprint Championships

Calgary, February 26, 2017 – Laurent Dubreuil came up with a sixth place finish overall as the top Canadian, while Heather McLean finished seventh with two personal best times and Vincent De Haître placed second in the men’s 1000m event, ranking him ninth overall, Sunday, on the second and last day of the 2017 ISU World Sprint Championships held at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.
 

Vincent De Haître smashes 1000m national record to take second spot on the first day of the 2017 ISU World Sprint Championships

Calgary, February 25, 2017 – Vincent De Haître broke an almost 10-year-old Canadian 1000m record which was previously held by Olympic medalist Jeremy Wotherspoon, placing him second in that distance and eighth after two events, while Laurent Dubreuil skated to two personal bests, ranking him sixth overall, and Heather McLean was in 13th place with her combined results after the first day of competition, Saturday, of the 2017 ISU World Sprint Championships held until Sunday at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

Calgary to host world’s best 500m and 1000m long track speed skaters at the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships

Calgary, February 22, 2017 – Less than a year away from the 2018 Olympic Games, Calgary will host the world's best 56 sprint events specialists (500m and 1000m) who will pursue their preparation at the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, February 25-26.
 
At this competition, skaters will each take part in two 500m races and two 1000m events to crown a champion based on the cumulative ranking. Each day, one race in each distance will be held, and the only medals to be awarded will come at the end of the competition, based on cumulative ranking.
 

Lamarche and Fish each win a bronze in mass start to conclude the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships

Helsinki, Finland, February 19, 2017 – Béatrice Lamarche and Graeme Fish each won a bronze medal in their respective mass start races, Sunday, to allow Canada to finish the ISU World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships held in Helsinki, Finland, with a total of eight medals.
 
The Canadian team therefore came in second in medal standings, which were dominated by the Netherlands with a tally of 20. Russia, Japan and Norway each came up with four medals to end up tied for third place.
 

Canada wins five medals on Saturday at the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships

Helsinki, Finland, February 18, 2017 – Canada won five medals, one silver and four bronze, including the one that went to Tyson Langelaar for finishing third in the men's overall individual standings, Saturday, at the ISU World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships to be held until Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.
 

Tyson Langelaar wins bronze in the 1500m at the 2017 ISU World Junior Long Track Championships

Helsinki, Finland, February 17, 2017 – Tyson Langelaar celebrated his birthday with a bronze medal, Friday, as he skated to third place in the 1500m on the first day of the ISU World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships held until Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.
 
Langelaar of Winnipeg, MB, who turned 18 on Friday, earned bronze by finishing the race in 1:55.66. The win went to Norway's Allan Dahl Johansson (1:54.05) while Chris Huizinga (1:55.12) of the Netherlands collected silver.
 

François Hamelin wins bronze in the men's 500m at ISU World Cup short track stage held in Belarus

Minsk, Belarus, February 12, 2017 – François Hamelin earned his first medal of the season, a bronze in the men's 500m, Sunday, on the last day of the sixth and last ISU World Cup stage of the 2016-2017 short track speed skating season, held in Minsk, Belarus.
 
Canada therefore won one medal in Minsk, for a total of 32 this season.
 
In Sunday's 500m final, François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC, finished behind two skaters from Kazakhstan, Denis Nikisha and Abzal Azhgaliyev.
 

Olivier Jean earns bronze in mass start at 2017 ISU World Single Distance Championships

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, February 12, 2017 – Sixteen months after moving on from short track speed skating to long track full time, Olivier Jean earned a bronze medal in the men's mass start, Sunday, on the last day of the 2017 ISU World Single Distance Championships held in Gangneung, South Korea.
 

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