Ivanie Blondin earns bronze in mass start overall classification at 2018 ISU World Cup Final

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix 6th in 500m overall World Cup Classification

Minsk, Belarus, March 18, 2018 – Ivanie Blondin captured silver in the final mass start of the season, Sunday, bolstering her overall World Cup ranking to bronze in that event on the last day of the 2018 ISU World Cup Final in Minsk, Belarus.

Ivanie Blondin, from Ottawa, raced to a silver medal in Sunday's mass start and with that placing, she jumped from sixth to third in overall World Cup standings in that event with 257 points, making this her fifth top-3 overall finish in the past six years in this event. She finished behind Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy (324) and Ayano Sato of Japan (290).

Sunday, Sato won the event in a time of 9:23.87, followed by Blondin (9:23.92) and Lollobrigida (9:24.52).

“It’s a bittersweet ending to the season. I’m really happy about my performances this weekend and today, especially finishing second and third in overall World Cup for mass start,” said Blondin, who also came up with silver in overall standings of the 3000m/5000m category on Saturday. “But also makes it a little hard to swallow ending the season without any Olympic medals. I definitely have some unfinished business, which will fuel my fire for the next four years, that’s for sure.”

In the second and final men’s 500m event this weekend, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, QC, finished ninth in a time of 35.19 on Sunday. He placed sixth overall in the World Cup ranking in the distance with 496 points, one spot lower than his best result of fifth overall in 2016. Sunday's podium was a Dutch sweep again, this time with Jan Smeekens in first (34.83), Dai Dai Ntab second (34.94) and Hein Otterspeer in third position (34.97).

The overall World Cup title was taken by Norway’s Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen (716), second was Otterspeer (568) and third was Ronald Mulder (556) of the Netherlands.

“It was a great 300 meters but I had a bad entry in my last corner where I lost a lot of speed. When you make a mistake in the 500m, there’s not much you can do after that. I’m happy I came to Minsk to really finish the season all the way through,” said Boisvert-Lacroix.

“This season, I reached my life goal which was to take part in the Olympics. I’m pretty pumped about that! I’m able to say it’s by best season ever with two gold medals back to back as well. Overall, a great season and I’m happy with all that.”

Bronze overall for Canada in team sprint
In men’s team sprint, the Canadian team placed third in the overall World Cup ranking with 300 points. Norway took the overall title (370) and Russia came in second (314).

On Saturday, Ted-Jan Bloemen from Calgary was crowned 2017-2018 World Cup Champion in the 5000m/10,000m category.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS
500m – M
9. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (35.19)

Mass Start – W
2. Ivanie Blondin (4:11.77)

FINAL OVERALL RANKINGS
500m – M
6. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix

Mass Start – W
3. Ivanie Blondin

Team Sprint – M
3. Canada

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