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Former Gee-Gee Blomberg wins Crashed Ice bronze

Created On: April 9, 2014
Alicia Blomberg has experienced her fair share of adrenaline-pumping moments in a hockey career that included five years as a University of Ottawa Gee-Gee, but standing atop an icy chute about to descend a 500-metre track on a pair of skate blades, with 150,000 spectators cheering in anticipation, that’s a different proposition altogether.

Master speed

Updated On: April 9, 2014
Jeremy Batt of the Ottawa Pacers placed fifth overall in the 23-39 age group at the April 5-6 Masters International Short Track meet, hosted by the Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans.

Speed skater at last hits jr. worlds

Updated On: March 7, 2014
It was a feat that narrowly eluded her in rough fashion last year, and the year before as well, but Ottawa native Isabelle Weidemann will at last achieve a career-long goal when she makes her debut at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships March 7-9 in Norway.

Speed skater has country (and indie pop) behind him

Created On: February 4, 2014
It’s the biggest race of speed skater Vincent De Haitre’s life. He’s psyched up and ready to go. And then his game plan is thrown off.

Rocky road strengthens Blondin on Olympic journey

Created On: February 4, 2014
Before that moment, she was just that little girl skating with the big guys, jumping on their backs, known as a tiny horseplay queen. But then the name of 14-year-old Ivanie Blondin suddenly blasted far beyond the walls of the Orléans Rec Centre and onto the Canadian speed skating radar in a big way.

‘Who’s got the bigger butt?’ Concordes Olympic pals debate

Updated On: February 4, 2014
It’s tough to pinpoint precisely what makes an Olympic-calibre athlete stand out above the rest, but when coach Dave Morrison reflects on the rise of the two Gloucester Concordes set to make their Olympic debuts, a tremendous love for sport is the trait he believes sticks out for both Ivanie Blondin and Vincent De Haitre.

Ottawa Olympic spirit alive at site of Groves’ triumphs

Updated On: February 4, 2014

Four years ago, cowbells rang, bands played, and a sea of cheering red and white (along with a patch of Dutch orange) flooded the speed skating oval in Richmond, B.C. for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

It was the site of a major moment in Ottawa sports history as Kristina Groves earned the final two of four career Olympic medals – exploding with joy as she reacted to an unexpected bronze medal win in the 3,000 m, and then smiling proudly but a little painfully as she accepted the silver medal after the 1,500 m race where she was the favourite.

Concordes speed skater sets new track record to qualify for jr. worlds

Updated On: February 4, 2014
Isabelle Weidemann at last earned her long-desired trip to the World Junior Championships by winning the women's overall title at the Canadian Junior Long Track Speed Skating Champions Jan. 24-25 in Saskatoon.

Gloucester pair book Olympic trips

Updated On: January 9, 2014
Ivanie Blondin survived the Dec. 28-Jan. 3 Canadian Olympic speed skating trials and Vincent De Haitre blew them away as the pair of Gloucester Concordes athletes earned their qualification positions for Sochi 2014.

Local speed skaters race in Ottawa, Quebec & Kazakhstan

Updated On: December 3, 2013
Local speed skaters competed near and far on the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 weekend. For the younger crowd, the Gloucester Concordes hosted an Ontario Cup short-track event for the province’s top youth skaters, while some of the older elite skaters competed nationally in Ste.-Foy, Que. and internationally in Kazakhstan.

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