Bloemen and Blondin win World Cup speed skating bronze in Salt Lake City

Ted-Jan Bloemen (Dave Holland, Canadian Olympic Committee)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Alberta and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Ontario each won a bronze medal this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the final World Cup competition on the 2018-19 speed skating calendar. Bloemen, who won the gold medal in the men’s 10000 metres at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, won the bronze medal in the men’s 5000 metres in Salt Lake City, and Blondin won the bronze medal in the women’s mass start.

In the men’s 5000 metres, Bloemen had a time of 6:09.645. Patrick Roest of the Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 6:03.706. Marcel Bosker of the Netherlands won the silver medal with a time of 6:08.904. Bloemen reached the podium by 1.14 seconds over Alexander Rumyantsev of Russia, who finished in fourth place with a time of 6:10.785.

Bloemen, who won the silver medal in the men’s 5000 metres at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, finished seventh in the World Cup standings for the men’s 5000 metres/10000 metres in 2018-19 with 249 points. Rumyantsev was the World Cup champion in the distances with 322 points.

In the women’s mass start on Sunday, Blondin won the bronze medal, as she was behind gold medalist Irene Schouten of the Netherlands and silver medalist Bo-Reum Kim of South Korea. Blondin finished in fourth place in the World Cup standings for women’s mass start speed skating with 380 points. Kim was the World Cup champion for women’s mass start speed skating with 478 points. The medals for Bloemen and Blondin will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.  

 

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