Up-and-coming long distance specialist Ivanie Blondin made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 just four years after converting to the long track from short track.
Blondin had enjoyed early success as a short track speed skater. At 14 she made the junior national team and at 17 she competed at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, winning gold in the 1500m and silver in the 1000m. But after five concussions in a three-year span she began to think about making a change. During her last year as a junior she made the national teams for both short track and long track. In 2010 she made the move to Calgary to focus on long track.
After competing at the World Single Distances Championships in her first full season of long track, Blondin’s 2011-12 season did not go as hoped. She battled fatigue for several months until being diagnosed with mononucleosis. As a result of the illness, she was put on the national development team for 2012-13. But she earned her spot on the World Cup squad and won three medals as part of the team pursuit, including her first victory. She also finished the year ranked third in the World Cup standings for the non-Olympic mass start event.
Getting Into the Sport: Started skating in her backyard at age two… Was put into figure skating but as a tomboy was more inclined towards speed skating… Her love of going fast led her to choose speed skating over cross-country skiing…Started in short track at age 14 before switching to long track at age 20… Outside Interests: Kayaking, water skiing, fishing, dirt biking, playing piano and guitar… Taking a veterinary assistant program online through Robertson College… Odds and Ends: When at home will always eat shepherd’s pie and have a glass of wine the night before a race… Has a parrot named Gizmo… Favourite quote: “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2013 – 15th (3000m), 8th (5000m), 8th (team pursuit); 2011 – 14th (3000m), 15th (5000m)
ISU World Allround Championships: 2011 – 20th (overall)
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