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Weidemann breaks cindy klassen's 15-year old Record in the 5000m to start the 2019-2020 season!
Isabelle’s first Olympic season started with her qualifying in three events at the Canadian Olympic Trials; the 3000m, 5000m, and Team Pursuit. At the Olympics in Korea, Isabelle and her teammates barely missed the podium, finishing 4th in the Team Pursuit and she placed an impressive 6th and 7th in the 5000m and 3000m respectively.
She wanted to stand on the podium, but she did send a message to the global skating community that she was becoming one of the dominant skaters in the world.
Standing at 6’2”, it’s hard not to draw comparison to Kristina Groves who was also a tall Canadian endurance specialist from Ottawa. The only difference between the two is that Groves had her first taste of international success at the age of 30, while Weidemann was only 22 when she won her first World Cup medal.
2018-2019 Season was Isabelle’s breakout year, having flirted with the podium in individual events at World Cups for a few years, Isabelle had a breakthrough performance in Japan, in November. On the outdoor track, she won her first individual World Cup medal when she claimed gold in the women's 3000m. The media calling it a surprise, Isabelle made it clear at the next World Cup that it was no fluke -- and finished 2nd in the 5000m in Poland.
She wrapped up the fall World Cup tour with another silver medal in the 3000m in Holland and was ranked 1st place in the World Cup overall rankings.
Record Breaking start to 2019-2020 Season
Isabelle started the 2019-20 season by break Cindy Klassen’s fifteen year-old record in the 5000m at the Canadian Team Trials in Calgary and didn’t look back.
She had an outstanding season often battling head-to-head with six-time Olympic medalist and Czech legend Martina Sablikova (her longtime idol). She won medals at five World Cups and ended the season with a Gold Medal performance at the World Cup Finals which secured her 2nd overall for the season — just a few points behind Sablikova.
Isabelle is one of the most liked Canadian skaters on the World Cup circuit and is quickly becoming a team leader despite her young age. With Olympic experience and a taste of victory on the sport's biggest stage, we're excited to see what she's got in store for the next Olympics!
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