Two Orléans skaters pre-selected for 2018 Olympic Games, Orleans News, by Brier Dodge

fter two homegrown Orléans skaters won medals at the World Single Distance Championship, they’ve been pre-selected for the 2018 Olympic Games. 

Vincent de Haître won a silver medal in the 1,000-metre speed skating event Feb. 11 in Gangneung, South Korea, and Ivanie Blondin won bronze in the 5,000-metre event. 

They will both need to meet performance requirements during the World Cup events held in fall 2017, but it means the odds of seeing the two skaters at the next Olympics is high. 

“I never thought about how I would feel about being pre-qualified for the Olympics,” said De Haître in a Speed Skating Canada press released. “Now that you mention it, it feels pretty good.”There has to be one quota position per distance available at the 2018 Olympic Trials in January 2018 for a pre-selection nomination to be made. 

“It was a little bit unexpected today, but I knew that I was feeling really well this entire week,” Blondin said. “To know that I already have that first step of pre-qualification for the 5,000 metre, well, I’m pretty excited about it! I’m kind of sad that I missed it in the 3,000-metre (race), but at the same time I'm glad that I at least got one of them. I’m pretty happy about it, but it’s still a long road.”

Speed Skating Canada said more information about selection criteria would be released following the Olympic championships. 

Event Date: 2/15/2017

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