Speed skater Isabelle Weidemann, Canada’s first athlete to reach the podium at Beijing 2022, is also its first double medallist.
The tall, powerful athlete from Ottawa turned a six-minute 48.18-second performance into silver in the women’s 5,000 meters on Thursday night after earning long track bronze in the 3,000 at the Ice Ribbon oval last Saturday.
Weidemann fell 1.37 seconds shy of her national record, which she lowered to 6:46.81 at the Canadian long track championships four months ago in Calgary.
Four years ago, the 26-year-old was seventh in the 5,000 and sixth in the 3,000 four years ago at the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea.
Irene Schouten of the Netherlands crossed the line in an Olympic record 6:43.51 on Thursday, shattering German Claudia Pechstein’s 6:46.91 set at altitude 20 years ago in Salt Lake City.
Schouten joins a select group as the sixth woman to win both the 3,000 and 5,000 races at the same Winter Olympics.
Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who accomplished the feat in Vancouver 12 years ago, went 6:50.09 for a bronze medal in Thursday’s competition.
WATCH | Weidemann captures Canada’s 1st medal at Beijing 2022:
Ottawa speed skater Isabelle Weidemann wins the bronze medal in the women’s 3000m event at Beijing 2022 with a time of 3:58.64. 5:30
Weidemann’s silver was the second of the day for Canada following Eliot Grondin’s effort in snowboard cross. Skier Jack Crawford (men’s alpine combined) added bronze, as did freestyle skiers in mixed team aerials, giving Canada 12 medals at these Games.