Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller win third silver medal of the season in the distance
TOMASZÓW MAZOWIECKI, POLAND – Canadian speed skaters Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller raced to their third World Cup silver medal of the season in the Team Sprint on Saturday in Poland.
The trio posted a time of 1:28.73 to earn a second-place finish, a feat they also accomplished earlier this season in Heerenveen and Calgary. The Americans won gold in 1:27.92, their second in a row, while China took home the bronze (1:29.51).
Saturday’s results helped the U.S. (168) narrowly edge out Canada (162) in the overall World Cup rankings in the distance, finishing only six points ahead of their North American rivals.
Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil both broke into the top-10 in their individual distances on Saturday as well. Blondin finished seventh in the 1500m, while Dubreuil was sixth in the 500m. Despite not reaching the podium, the native of Lévis was still managed to win the overall World Cup in the distance by a 20 point margin over friend and rival Yuma Murakami of Japan.
The final ISU World Cup Speed Skating concludes tomorrow, where medals and overall titles will be awarded in the men’s and women’s 1000m and Mass Start. The races will be live streamed on CBC Sports digital platforms, including CBCSports.ca and the CBC Gem app.
“I am so grateful to be standing on the podium with Ivanie and Carolina again. With each race, we are learning how to skate together, which has helped us gain more confidence. We are looking forward to seeing what we can do at World Championships!”Brooklyn McDougall
- Ivanie Blondin: 7th
- Maddison Pearman: 17th
- Beatrice Lamarche: 18th
- Alexa Scott: 19th
- Laurent Dubreuil: 6th
- Christopher Fiola: 20th
- Frank Roth: 3rd (B Division)
- Anders Johnson: 7th (B Division)
- Graeme Fish: 13th
- Ted-Jan Bloemen: 2nd (B Division)
- Jordan Belchos: 7th (B Division)
- Aime Perreault: 19th (B Division)
- Women’s: 2nd