Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, Ontario has broken the Canadian record in the women’s 5000 metre speed skating event. On Thursday, Weidemann posted a time of six minutes, 46.81 seconds at the 2021 Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Championships from the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta. This breaks her own record of six minutes, 47.34 seconds at the 2019 Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Championships from Calgary’s Olympic Oval.
Weidemann is a two-time medalist in speed skating in the team pursuit event from the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships. She won a bronze medal at the 2020 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, and then a silver medal at the 2021 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
The 2021 Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Championships is quite important. That is because the event is being used to determine who will represent Canada on the World Cup circuit according to CBC Sports.
There will be four World Cup events leading up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The events will be in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland from November 11-13, in Stavanger, Norway from November 18-20, in Salt Lake City from December 2-4, and in Calgary from December 9-11. The Canadian record should give Weidemann confidence as she tries to win her first Olympic medal in February.