The World Cup event on Sunday witnessed an incredible performance by Canada's women's team sprint squad in long track speedskating. The team, comprised of Carolina Hiller, Maddison Pearman, and Ivanie Blondin, secured a bronze medal, marking Canada's second women's team sprint medal of the season. They completed their three-lap sprint in 1 minute and 28.34 seconds, finishing behind the United States and the Netherlands who won gold and silver respectively.
A Season of Success
This recent achievement follows a silver medal won at a previous World Cup in Beijing, where Brooklyn McDougall was part of the team. For this World Cup, Carolina Hiller replaced McDougall, demonstrating the team's ability to maintain high performance despite changes in the lineup. Hiller expressed feelings of pride and empowerment in the team's consistent performance.
Canada's Impressive Performance
Canada's participation in the competition extended beyond the women's team sprint, with Valérie Maltais securing a silver medal in the mass start and Ted-Jan Bloemen winning a silver in the men's 10,000 meters. This brings Canada's medal tally to three in the first of two European World Cups. Maltais now leads in the World Cup women's mass start speed skating standings with 145 points, while Bloemen finished his race in 13:12.33.
Preparation for Winter Olympics
The silver medals won by Maltais and Bloemen in Stavanger, Norway, are seen as a confidence boost as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Canadian team's overall performance at the World Cup event, including a sixth-place finish in the men's 500-meter competition by Laurent Dubreuil and a seventh-place finish in the women's 1,500-meter race by Ivanie Blondin, underscores the strength and potential of Canada's speedskating talent.