In her first full senior World Cup season in 2015-16, Isabelle Weidemann finished an impressive fifth in the 5000m in her debut at the World Single Distances Championships. She was the top-ranked Canadian woman in the event.
She followed up with a sixth-place finish in 2017, but was less than three seconds off the podium, shrinking the gap from the year before. In the fall of 2017, Weidemann helped Canada win a pair of World Cup bronze medals in the team pursuit in Heerenveen and Calgary.
Weidemann had first represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships. During the 2014-15 season she won 3000m bronze at the Junior World Cup Final and finished fourth in the 3000m at the World Junior Championships, earning her Speed Skating Canada’s Rising Star of the Year award for long track.
A little more about Isabelle
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age 6 and took up speed skating at age 12, following family friends into the sport… Competed in many other sports in high school, including rowing, swimming, track and field, soccer, cross-country skiing and running… Outside Interests: Studying geology part time at the University of Calgary… Enjoys trail running, yoga, hiking and camping in the mountains, learning to rock climb… Supports Fast and Female as well as the Branch Out Foundation… Odds and Ends: Role model is four-time Olympic medallist Kristina Groves, whose performance at Vancouver 2010 sparked her Olympic dream… Eats oatmeal every morning… Always keeps her event accreditations and writes her race highlights on the back…
Notable International Results
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2017 – 6th (5000m), 9th (3000m), 18th (1500m); 2016 – 5th (5000m), 10th (3000m)