Kali Christ, Hayden Mayeur & Ted-Jan Bloemen medal at Four Continents Championships in Calgary

Christ wins women’s 1500m title; Mayeur brings home silver in men’s mass start

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Regina’s Kali Christ was Canada’s top performer on the second day of the ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, bringing home gold in the women’s 1500m.

Christ posted a time of 1:57.679 to earn the top spot on the podium, ahead of American skaters Sarah Warren (2:00.415) and Jamie Jurak (2:01.897). It was the 30-year old’s second medal of the competition, having also captured bronze in yesterday’s Team Sprint event alongside teammates Carolina Hiller and Lindsey Kent.

Also reaching the podium for a second consecutive day was veteran long distance skater Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.), who finished second in the men’s 1500m one day after winning gold in the 5000m. The 2018 Olympic medalist finished the distance in 1:45.659, behind Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Morozov (1:45.327) and ahead of Korea’s Min Seok Kim (1:46.471).

Meanwhile, former NextGen Team skater Hayden Mayeur helped Canada secure its sixth medal of the competition during the day’s final event. The Toronto native earned silver (8:17.970) in the men’s Mass Start, joined on the podium by gold medalist Cheonho Um of Korea (8:17.010) and bronze medalist Zach Stoppelmoor of the United States (8:18.140).

The ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships concludes tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 1000m and Team Pursuit races. The competition will be live stream on all CBC Sports digital platforms beginning at 3:00pm ET.

Quotes

  • “I just wanted to go out there and work on the technical points that I’ve been focusing on this week with my coaches Bart [Schouten] and Shannon [Rempel] and I think I did just that. I feel like I’m getting back to how I use to skate before the pandemic. It feels really good knowing that I can still execute those technical points in a race when I need to.” – Kali Christ
  • “I’m not going to lie; I really wanted to win today, but a silver medal is a pretty awesome accomplishment. There were a few opportunities during the race where I found myself chasing down a couple breakaway attempts, which may have gotten rid of a bit of energy, but I didn’t want to give away the chance at winning a medal so I put myself out there to bring the field down. Entering the last lap there was a bit of a mess; everybody was flying everywhere, and I found myself taking the outside line. I was going for gold and was able to pass everyone but the last Korean.” – Hayden Mayeur

Results

Men’s 1500m

  • Ted-Jan Bloemen – 2nd
  • Jess Neufeld – 5th
  • Kaleb Muller – 6th

Men Mass Start

  • Hayden Mayeur – 2nd
  • Jess Neufeld – 8th

Women’s 1500m

  • Kali Christ – 1st
  • Laura Hall – 6th