Long track speed skater Abigail McCluskey, from Penticton, won five medals at the ISU Junior World Cup in Poland recently. Photo courtesy of Dave Holland, CSI Calgary Photos

Penticton speed skater leads the way for Canada at international competition

Okanagan athlete earns five medals at ISU Junior World Cup

Penticton’s Abigail McCluskey led the way for the Canadian long track team at the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating, earning five medals throughout the weekend of competition.

Competing in the first World Cup event of her career, McCluskey impressed at the event held in Poland with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

“I’m really happy with how the weekend went,” she emphasized. “I started off a bit shaky in the 1,000 metre, but the team was so supportive, and I brought it back together for my next races.”

McCluskey teamed up with Noémie Fiset (Quebec) and Béatrice Lamarche (Quebec) to win gold in the ladies team sprint, she then won gold in the ladies 3,000-m race, silver in the ladies 1,500-m race and bronze in the ladies 1,000-m and ladies mass start. Lamarche also earned five medals and is the reigning World Junior Champion in the mass start.

Related: McCluskey second among Canadians

Six Canadian athletes captured 17 medals in the international competition, which featured skaters that are ages 19 to 22.

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