37-year-old Ted Jan Plomin took his second gold medal of the competition by winning the 10,000 metres.
CALGARY, Alberta – Four different athletes – Evanie Blondin, Connor Howe, Isabelle Weidman and Ted Jan Plomin – reached the top of the podium on Friday at the 2023 Canadian Long Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance in Calgary.
The second race day opened with the first women’s 1000m race of the weekend. Evanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON) had a winning time of 1:15.62, her second medal of the competition after taking bronze in the women’s 3,000 meters yesterday. Madison Berman (Ponoka, Alta.) took silver with a time of 1:16.43, while Carolina Hiller (Prince George’s, B.C.) clocked a personal best of 1:16.68, making her second podium finish this week after. Winning the gold medal in the 500 meters yesterday.
Connor Howe (Canmore, Alta.) was crowned men’s 1,000-meter champion. The 23-year-old, who won silver in the men’s 5,000m yesterday, bested 28 other skaters in the event. Laurent Dubroy (Levis, Que.) continued his medal streak by claiming silver with a time of 1:08.08, one day after winning gold in the 500 meters. Three-time Olympian and athlete Vincent DeHayter (Cumberland, Ont.) finished third with a time of 1:08.31.
Isabelle Weidmann (Ottawa, ON) claimed victory in the women’s 5,000 metres, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:56.28. This is the second medal of the competition for Weidman, who won the silver medal in the women’s 3,000 meters yesterday. Valerie Maltese (Chicoutimi, Que.), the Canadian champion in the women’s 3,000 metres, skied to a silver medal with a personal best time of 6:58.77. Evanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON) added to her medal collection, finishing with a time of 7:04.65 to claim bronze.
Ted Jan Plomin (Calgary, Alta.) won his second consecutive Canadian championship title, adding to his 5,000-meter win by finishing the men’s 10,000-meter race in 13:06.95. Graeme Fish (Moose Jaw, Sask.) also raced for his second medal, taking silver with a time of 13:13.39. After narrowly missing out on the podium in the 5,000m yesterday, Jordan Belkus (Markham, Ont.) took 10,000m bronze with a time of 13:19.10.
Day three of the 2023 Canadian Long Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance will feature Group 2 of the men’s and women’s 500 metres, as well as the men’s and women’s 1,500 metres. The races will be broadcast live starting at 10:00 a.m. MT on Speed Skating Canada’s Youtube channel, as well as on CBC Sports Digital platforms.
“I was really happy to get it over with and be done with it. I woke up with a little bit of a migraine but I just focused on what I needed to do and stayed positive. I went out there and skied the best I could, and I was really happy with the result. I want to try to cut as many as I can distances this season without blowing myself up too much. I’ve proven I can do that and still perform well at international level, so I’m kind of looking forward to that.”
“I was happy with him today. It ended with a good start and a couple of close laps, so I feel good. I want to build on the 1500m I got and continue to ski well. The goal will be to get a medal at the World Single Distance Championships.
“Honestly, I was there today to skate some really consistent times. I really struggled through yesterday. It’s not easy right now, and sometimes when we have real difficulties, we try to look for it too much. I just wanted to let myself skate and that’s what I tried to do.” today. [I’m looking forward to] Racing is so much more than that. I think the team is really fun. There’s a lot of energy – a lot of new faces and a first World Cup – and that brings a lot of joy back to what we do.
“This was tough. I didn’t feel good but it seems like it’s really hard to beat Daddy in the 10K! I may still be skiing at Mass Start, but the 5K and 10K were my main events. I’m happy Because I managed to win them both.
Ted Jan Plomin