Blondin earns rare overall podium finish for Canadian women at allround speed skating worlds

Blondin earns rare overall podium finish for Canadian women at allround speed skating worlds

Ivanie Blondin claimed a silver medal Sunday at the ISU world sprint/allround speed skating championships in Hamar, Norway, becoming the first Canadian woman to reach the overall podium at the event since Christine Nesbitt won bronze in 2012.

The 29-year-old Ottawa native captured second in the overall standings behind Dutch skater Ireen Wüst by earning three top-five finishes in her four races at the event, including a second-place finish in the first 3,000-metre allround race. She finished fifth in the 1,500 and fourth in the 5,000 on Sunday. Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands took bronze.

WATCH | Ivanie Blondin captures overall silver in Hamar, Norway: 

Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin finishes second and claims silver after four races at the Combined ISU World Sprint/Allround Speed Skating Championships from Hamar, Norway. 2:01

Blondin has had a tremendous World Cup season that has seen her win medals in the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000. Decorated Olympian Cindy Klassen was the last Canadian to win gold at the world allround speed skating championships when she achieved the feat in 2006.

Published at Sun, 01 Mar 2020 15:47:09 +0000