Olympic legend and six time medallist Cindy Klassen (Winnipeg, MN) teamed up for the first time this season with Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON) and Kali Christ (Regina, SK) to win the silver medal in the women’s team pursuit in Erfurt, Germany. Skating in the final pair of the women’s team pursuit with the Netherlands, the Canadians finished in a time of 3:04.33, only 1.51 seconds behind the gold medalist Dutch team (3:02.83). Poland captured the bronze medal with a time of 3:05.23.
With only one team pursuit race remaining this season at next week’s World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands, the Canadians and Dutch are tied for first place with 250 points, having each won gold, silver and bronze medals. Germany and Poland are tied for third with 190 points.
Blondin has skated in all three team pursuit races this season, while Christ and Klassen earned their first medals this year. The silver was Christ’s first career World Cup medal and Klassen’s 11th in team pursuit (7 gold and 4 silver). Blondin skated with Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) and Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) to earn the gold and silver medals earlier this season.