Blondin’s mass start gold highlights three-medal day for Canadian speed skaters at World Cup

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Another week, another medal haul for Canada’s long track speed skaters.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa won her second World Cup gold medal of the weekend on Sunday, edging reigning Olympic champion Irene Schouten of the Netherlands by 0.11 seconds at the women’s group start with a time of eight minutes 14.70 seconds.

Valérie Maltais, from La Baie, Que., won bronze behind Schouten in 8:15.14 to help Canada finish with six medals in three days at the Utah Olympic Oval near Salt Lake City .

Blondin, 33, finished behind Schouten to win silver at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.

TO WATCH l Blondin wins gold and Maltais bronze in the mass start:

Blondin wins World Cup mass start and fellow Maltese Canadian takes bronze

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa wins the women’s group start and Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., finishes third in the ISU World Cup speed skating event in Salt Lake City.

The Olympic gold medalist trio of Blondin, Maltais and Isabelle Weidemann won the women’s team pursuit event on Saturday, while Maltais also won bronze in the women’s 3,000m on Friday.

Fellow Canadian Olympian Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary also reached the podium on Sunday, winning bronze in the men’s 5,000m with a time of 6:06.88. Decorated Dutchman Patrick Roest won gold in a personal best of 6:02.98, while Italian Davide Ghiotto also set a personal best to beat Bloemen (6:04.23).

Canadian skaters won six gold medals and 12 medals total on the same ice at last week’s Four Continents Championships.

The World Cup season continues in Quebec next weekend before the World Championships kick off in Calgary (February 15 to 18). Watch live coverage on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

WATCH l Bloemen skates to bronze in 500m:

Ted-Jan Bloemen reaches the podium at the 5,000m World Cup in Salt Lake City

Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen finishes third in the men’s 5,000 meters at the ISU World Cup speed skating event in Salt Lake City.

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