Ottawa speed skater Ivanie Blondin places 14th in long track
Blondin to compete in women's team pursuit quarterfinals on Friday
Ottawa speed skater Ivanie Blondin placed 14th of 16 racers in the women's 5,000-metre gold medal race on Wednesday, with a time of 7:20.10.
"We're still shaking," said Robert Blondin, just minutes after his daughter's race. "Oh it was very exciting, wow. She looked so nice out there, she looked smooth, I think she raced really, really nice and we're very proud of her.
"For her first 5,000 and the only Canadian, I think she set a good pace there," he said. "Yeah, she died off a little bit at the end, but that's experience. She's going to have to gain that over the years, and for her first Olympics, we can't ask for anything better."
Minutes before the race began, Robert Blondin told CBC News he spoke to his daughter last week, and that she didn't expect to contend for a medal.
On Sunday, Ivanie Blondin placed 24th among 27 skaters in the women's 3,000 metre final with a time of 4:18.70. She was one of two Canadian skaters, including Brittany Schussler, who placed 19th.
She'll be competing in the women's team pursuit quarterfinals on Friday.