Josh Telizyn (Fort St. John) skated his heart out to secure the bronze medal in the 1000m at Great Chief Park this morning in a time of 1:14.65. On this last day of competition for Long Track Speed Skating, Team BC had a great showing, competing hard and skating fast in the shorter distance.
Following yesterday’s personal best performances in the 3000m and 5000m races, todays shorter distance was a welcome challenge for the team.
“I came out of the opening 200 a little slower than I would have liked, but then I built through the last 800m like an animal,” said Telizyn talking about his medal performance. “I really hung in there for the last 200m and when I crossed the line and the board second 2nd, I was so pumped. I just waited for the rest of the heats to end and I am so excited to have the medal.”
Team BC had some ups and downs this week at the track. Day to day weather shifts of 10 to 15 degrees. The wind and ice conditions have also varied.
Earlier in the week, Team BC had a tough run at the team pursuit relay. The male team pursuit team met unfortunate obstacles after a strong start. Several falls during the race resulted in a much slower time than anticipated (4:54.30). Additionally, Josh Telizyn (Fort St. John) came out fast and fierce but was ultimately disqualified from his first 500m race. Following this, he went out and put up the 2nd fastest time of the day in his second race.
“We had our ups and downs and the 500m earlier this week, we have just been hungry. Since then I had just been chomping at the bit for redemption.”
Team BC will compete in the mass start later today in the last event of Long Track competition.