WARSAW, Poland – Isabelle Weidemann, of Ottawa, ON, was once again top athlete on the Canadian team on the second and last day of competition at the Junior Long Track Speed Skating World Cup Final held in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, as she finished third in the women's 3000m race.
This competition served as a final tune-up for the national junior team ahead of the Junior World Championships set to take place next weekend, Feb. 20-22, also in Warsaw.
Weidemann, who trains with Speed Skating Canada's training squad, skated to a time of four minutes, 30 seconds and 43 hundredths. Melissa Wufje, of the Netherlands (4:21.72), and Park Ji-Woo, of South Korea (4:28.34), finished ahead of her.
The day before, the 19-year-old skater was fourth in the women's 1500m, the same rank where the Canadian men ended up in Saturday's team pursuit.
Weidemann is coahced by Oval program coach and Canadian Team lead for the 2015 World Juniors Crispin Parkinson. She is eager to compete in the 2015 World Juniors after being forced to withdraw due to injury last season. Weidemann is the 2013 & 2014 Ladies Canadian Junior Champion and missed this season's competition to attend her first senior World Cup event in Hamar, Norway.
The reigning junior Canadian champion, Noémie Fiset (Québec, QC), was seventh in the women's 1000m while her teammate Juliette Wheler (Saskatoon, SK), was 13th.
On the men's side, Christopher Fiola (Montréal, QC) was the top Canadian with a 21st-place finish in the 3000m, ahead of Alexandre Déry (Lévis, QC), who was 24th.
“We approached today's race as a way to prepare for the upcoming Junior World Championships,” noted Fiola. “Alexandre and I skated in the 3000m to prepare for the 5000m at the Worlds Juniors. We therefore raced at a tempo that was more appropriate for the 5000m, and we knew we wouldn't be up there in the standings in that distance today.”
The Canadian team also opted out of the men's 1000m and mass start races to maximize their preparation for the Junior World Championships.
“As far as the mass start is concerned, we decided not to reveal anything right away,” added Fiola, who was second in overall standings at the Canadian Junior Championships held in mid-January, after collecting three bronze medals. “We'll save the surprise for next week.”
TODAY'S CANADIAN RESULTS:
7. Noémie Fiset (1:25.03)
13. Juliette Wheler (1:26.65)
3. Isabelle Weidemann (4:30.43)
19. Maddison Pearman (4:49.93)
21. Christopher Fiola (4:16.90)
24. Alexandre Déry (4:25.01)
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