Isabelle Weidemann Finds Podium Again at World Cup Speed Skating

 

Ottawa native skates to silver medal in women’s 5000m 

STAVANGER, NORWAY – Isabelle Weidemann is making her mark on the women’s long distance events of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating circuit, earning her third podium result of the young season by capturing silver in the women’s 5000m on Friday.
 
Weidemann went to the line with Dutch skater Irene Schouten in the fourth pair of the women’s longest distance at the Sørmarka Arena. Schouten clocked a new track record of 6:52.827, with Ottawa native Weidemann finishing narrowly behind in 6:54.953. Both skaters put forth consistent lap times throughout the race, dropping their pace to the high 32-second range per 400m.
 
To the cheers of a hometown crowd, Ragne Wilklund of Norway captured bronze with a personal best time of 6:56.469. Schouten, Weidemann and Wiklund now sit in the same order on the overall World Cup long distance ranking after two races with 120, 108 and 91 points, respectively.
 
Ivanie Blondin, also of Ottawa, earned a second top-five finish for the Canadian team in the distance, finishing fifth with a time of 7:02.978. Valérie Malatis (Saguenay, QC) finished third in the B Division of the women’s 5000m.
 
In other action on Friday, Connor Howe topped the B Division of the men’s 1000m, while Laurent Dubreuil was the fastest Canadian skater in the main group, finishing 12th.
 
Racing in Stavanger continues on Saturday with the first 500m and the Team Sprint for both men and women, as well as the men’s 10,000m. The competition will be streamed live on CBC Sports beginning at 9:00am ET.

QUOTES

"I’m happy with how my race went today, even though I made some mistakes in the crossovers. It’s reassuring to be closing the gap with Schouten, who is a very strong competitor. I need to go back and make sure I work on the tactical aspects of my race so I don’t make the same mistakes over again. I am focused on looking forward and not getting too caught up in the results right now. The season is so long, and I learned the last Olympic cycle to hold back a little bit to make sure that I’m not burning myself out too early. I hope there is a lot more left in me!"

- Isabelle Weidemann

FULL CANADIAN RESULTS

Women’s 1000m

Valérie Maltais – 20th
Maddison Pearman – 10th (Division B)
Heather McLean – 12th (Division B)
Kaylin Irvine – 18th (Division B)

Men’s 1000m

Laurent Dubreuil – 12th
Antoine Gélinas Beaulieu – 15th
Vincent de Haitre – 18th
Connor Howe – 1st (Division B)
Tyson Langelaar – 10th (Division B)

Women’s 5000m

Isabelle Weidemann – 2nd
Ivanie Blondin – 5th
Valérie Maltais – 3rd (Division B)