Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, Ontario, had a strong season-ending final weekend by setting a new Canadian junior women’s 5000m record in long track speed skating at the Canada Cup #4 in Calgary, March 19-22.
The 19-year old Speed Skating Canada training squad member, skated the distance in seven minutes, 14.55 seconds (7:14.55), lowering the previous mark by one second.
In 2007, also at the Calgary’s Olympic Oval, Nicole Garrido of Edmonton, Alberta, now a member of the National Development Team, clocked a time of 7:15.56.
With this time, Weidemann, who represented Canada at the World Junior Championships the past two years, was the fourth fastest Canadian, but the first junior behind Josie Spence from Kamloops, B.C. (7:12.71), Garrido (7:13.23) and Tori Spence from Kamloops (7:13.70), all members of the Development National Team.
“It was super awesome and a nice way to end the season”, said Weidemann. “The ice at the Olympic Oval was fast and the competition was great. Everyone brought their A game. It’s always fun to compete alongside training partners; we pull each other to good times and personal bests.”
“It was a goal my coach had been eyeing in October”, she added. “But I didn’t have very many opportunities to skate a 5000m this year.”
This season, Weidemann took part in only one other 5000m race, at the World Cup Selection in October, where she skated a 7:24.02.
“We used the junior mark as a motivational goal for the 5000m to see how much she can push herself in that race”, explained Crispin Parkinson, her coach at the Calgary Olympic Oval.
“Her father and mother were also in attendance for this competition to see Isabelle set this new mark and were both very excited”, said Mike Rivet, her previous coach from the Gloucester Concordes.
Huge comeback following an ankle surgery
Weidemann concluded the season in a good way after a late start following a reconstructive surgery on her ankle in May 2014. She then had a cast for eight weeks last summer before being able to race again the week before the Fall World Cups Selections. She qualified for them by finishing third and fourth respectively in the 3000m and 1500m events but declined her position to continue training and working on her skating.
Weidemann then won the bronze medal in the 3000m event at the Junior World Cup Final and finished in fourth place in this same distance at the World Junior Championships. She also took part in her first Senior World Cup in Hamar, Norway, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, where she raced in the B events in 1500m and 3000m. At the Canadian Single Distance Championships, the qualifier for the winter World Cups and World Championships, she finished fourth in 3000m and fifth in 1500m.
“Isabelle learns very quickly and she uses every opportunity to race long distances to gain experience and improve”, added Parkinson. “She continued to improve her technique, strength, and fitness throughout the season reaching personal bests in every event at Canada Cup #4.”
“Isabelle had a setback last year due to ankle issues, but is rebounding extremely well this year with the support of her coach Crispin Parkinson,” explained Rivet. “Good things are to come for Isabelle who had some good results at the Junior World Cup stream and also raced at the World Cup series as a junior age skater.”
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