Ted-Jan Bloemen, Kaleb Muller and Laura Hall kick-off Four Continents Championships with podiums
18-year old Hall wins first international medal of her young career
CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada captured four medals on the opening day of the ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships, which are being hosted at Calgary’s Olympic Oval from December 15-17.
Veteran national team skater Ted-Jan Bloemen was Canada’s top performer on Tuesday, earning gold in the men’s 5000m in a time of 6:12.38. Teammate Kaleb Muller (Cranford, Alta.), member of Canada’s NextGen Team, was second (6:23.03), ahead of Bakdaulet Sagatov of Kazakhstan (6:31.77).
Laura Hall (Salmon Arm, B.C.) was also victorious in the longest women’s distance of the competition, posting a time of 4:20.68 to bring home silver in the 3000m. Jamie Jurak of the U.S. won gold in 4:15.46, while Chaewon Park of Korea rounded out the podium (4:20.73).
The 18-year old followed that performance up with bronze medal skate in the women’s Team Sprint, finishing the race in 1:46.266 alongside teammates Carolina Hiller (Prince George, B.C.) and Kali Christ (Regina, Sask.). The Canadians finished behind Korea (1:32.120) and the United States (1:30.469).
The ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships continue tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 1500m and Mass Start races. The competition will be live stream on all CBC Sports digital platforms beginning at 3:00pm ET.
“I’m pretty pumped about my performance today. Getting second place is really awesome and walking away with a personal best just capped off the day in a great way.” – Kaleb Muller
- Christopher Fiola – 4th
- Cedrick Brunet – 8th
- Cooper Emin – 9th
- Ted-Jan Bloemen – 1st
- Kaleb Muller – 2nd
- Carolina Hiller – 6th
- Laura Hall – 11th
- Laura Hall – 2nd
Speed Skating Canada