Canadian speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen on the comeback trail from gruesome injury…


CALGARY — Ted-Jan Bloemen touched down in Inzell, Germany, last month as the newly minted world record holder in the 10,000 metres and the toast of Canada’s speedskating team.

At age 29, after a gruelling decade of skating in circles for a living, Bloemen had finally won his first individual World Cup medal at the season-opener in Calgary. A week later, he bulled his way into the conversation as one of the best distance racers on the planet with his record time of 12 minutes, 36.30 seconds in Salt Lake City.

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