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Olympic obedience

Updated On: July 13, 2014
Sochi 2014 speed skater Ivanie Blondin (playfully) abuses her powers as an Olympian, punishing her young pupils with push-ups during a clinic at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre in Orleans.

Speed skating star locks up Commonwealth Games track cycling berth, to be joined by local squash player in Glasgow

Updated On: June 6, 2014
Sochi 2014 Olympic speed skater Vincent De Haitre will be wearing Canadian colours at a major multi-sport Games for the second time this year, this time in a summer discipline.

Gloucester Concordes Olympians return to their roots

Updated On: May 26, 2014
The Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club welcomed home their most famous members on May 27 at Roy Hobbs Hall in Orleans. For Sochi 2014 Olympians Vincent De Haitre and Ivanie Blondin, attending their youth club’s end-of-season celebration provided a little trip down memory lane.

5 new faces in Ottawa Sports Hall

Updated On: May 13, 2014
The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame will welcome five more members, as Kristina Groves, Wayne Giardino, Todd Nicholson, Tom Casey and Ed Laverty join the Hall’s already luxurious family at a May 7 induction ceremony at City Hall.

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.

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