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Isabelle Weidemann

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN21807199501
NOCCanada
Born18 Jul 1995 in  Ottawa
GenderWomen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationEarth Sciences, Geology - University of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.34 02 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:17.53 26 Sep 2021 Calgary  
    1500m 1:54.02 05 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 3:55.33 10 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    5000m 6:46.81 14 Oct 2021 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    3000m     1  
    5000m   1    
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps   1 1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/isabelle.weidemann.5  
twitter.com/i_weidemann  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeShe trains at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB, Canada.  
Name of coachRemmelt Eldering [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age six, and started focusing on the sport seriously at age 12 in Ottawa, ON, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe competed in downhill skiing before following a family friend into speed skating. "My family was introduced to the sport through a family friend. I thought it sounded so cool, so I asked my parents to sign me up. I've always loved sport, so I grew up playing and competing in whatever I could. As I grew older, it became more apparent that the sport of speed skating played to my athletic strengths. I love that it is a combination of technique and physical ability, and I've always been drawn to the speed."  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesIzzy (thespec.com, 03 Mar 2020)  
InjuriesShe missed the 2022 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after testing positive for COVID-19. (cbc.ca, 10 Mar 2022)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning three medals at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 29 Oct 2022)  
MilestonesShe was the only speed skater representing Canada to win three medals at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The achievement made her the third Canadian [after Cindy Klassen and Gaetan Boucher] to win three speed skating medals at a single edition of the Olympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2022)  
Other informationPOST-OLYMPIC REFOCUS
In October 2022 she said that she was looking forward to focusing more on individual distances after winning team pursuit gold at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I thought motivation would be difficult to find after the [2022] Olympic Games, but it has not been the case for me. I am really motivated to keep training and racing. With my coach, we have already fixed new objectives. I had an unbelievable Olympics but there is still room to improve. I was second in the 5000m so I can do better there. We [she and her team pursuit teammates from Beijing, Ivanie Blondin and Valerie Maltais] worked four years to do our best at the Olympics and we achieved the ultimate goal as a team. Now, in particular this year [2022/23] as we start a new four-year cycle, we will concentrate on other things. It's time to be a bit more individual. Now I get to go and be a little bit more individual and specific to my own distances, the 3000m and 5000m, which I haven't had the chance to really focus on and really tune training to my own goals, so it's exciting figuring out that puzzle." (journaldequebec.com, 12 Oct 2022; lapresse.ca, 13 Oct 2022; CBC Sports YouTube channel, 11 Oct 2022)
 
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe always keeps her accreditation from events and writes her race highlights on the back. (olympic.ca, 01 Mar 2018)  
Awards and honoursIn 2022 and 2019 she was named Female Long Track Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. (speedskating.ca, 01 Mar 2022)

She was named Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremony of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sportsnet.ca, 19 Feb 2022)

She shared the 2021 Female Athlete of the Year award with fellow speed skater Ivanie Blondin at the Ottawa Sports Awards in Canada. She also won the award in 2018. (ottawasportspages.ca, 28 Apr 2022; ottawasportsawards.ca, 15 Jan 2019)

She received Speed Skating Canada's Rising Star of the Year Award for long track in the 2014/15 season. (olympic.ca, 01 Mar 2018)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Try everything. It's easy to work hard and feel fulfilled when you're passionate about what you do. I love what I do." (facesmag.ca, 07 Jan 2019)  
Most influential person in careerHer parents, and her coaches. (Athlete, 16 Jan 2021, 14 Dec 2020)  
Hero / IdolUS triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, Canadian speed skaters Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt, and Cindy Klassen. (sportbrand.ca, 01 Mar 2020; Athlete, 14 Dec 2020)  
Famous relativesHer siblings Jake and Lily have both competed in speed skating. Jake was part of the Canadian group that won gold in team pursuit at the 2020 Four Continents Championships in Milwaukee, WI, United States of America. Lily has competed in the sport at national level in Canada. (ottawasun.com, 26 Jan 2017; speedskating.ca, 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2021)  
HobbiesRunning with her dog, yoga, trail running. (Athlete, 16 Jan 2021, 14 Dec 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022 Olympic Games Team Pursuit1  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2022 Olympic Games 3000m3  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 3000m3  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m5  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 5000m6  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m6  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround6  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 5000m6  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 3000m7  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m7  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 3000m9  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 3000m10  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 3000m10  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround14  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m16  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m18  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 3000m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger Team Pursuit1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 3000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup 3000/5000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Stavanger 5000m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 3000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 5000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 5000m3  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger 3000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano 3000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m4  
    2020/2021 World Cup 3000m6  
    2021/2022 World Cup 3000/5000m6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m10  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m15  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m16  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m16  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps16  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m16  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m26  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m29  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall33  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m52