WiSS Community of Practice - Guest Speaker: Isabelle Weidemann
Isabelle Weidemann is a 3-time Olympic medalist in long track speed skating, she will be sharing her presentation: “All for peak performance: How underfueling and overtraining nearly derailed my career”.
Isabelle Weidemann is a three-time Olympic medalist and Olympic Flagbearer. Her gold, silver, and bronze medal haul at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics made her just the third Canadian to win more than two medals at a single Winter Games. Isabelle is a multi-time Canadian Champion and has spent the last 10 years training on the Canadian national team and excelling in the long-distance events. She has spent the last few years of her career overcoming disordered eating habits, challenging her views around training, and learning to celebrate the body that allows her to travel over 50 km/h on the ice. With this growth over the last five years, she has established herself on the international circuit capturing over 30 world cup medals including 14 gold. In 2019, she broke Cindy Klassen’s Canadian 5000m record and has been lowering the standard every year since. Isabelle also serves as the engine for Canada's Olympic gold medal-winning team pursuit, a team which last year added World Champions to their title after going undefeated over the entire season. Outside of speed skating, Isabelle is a national award-winning graduate student in immunology-medicine at the University of Calgary. Isabelle is also an avid adventurer: backcountry skiing, trail running, and rock climbing in her Rocky Mountain backyard chance she gets. When not skating in circles, training in the mountains, or working in medical research, Isabelle can be found volunteering in a Calgary emergency department and working as a mentor within the community - coaching, teaching, and helping re-write sport policy in Canada.