In true world-class athlete style, mere days after the closing of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Ponoka speedskater Maddison Pearman was on to the next big thing.
With barely any time to hang up her skates, she travelled to Hamar, Norway, for the International Skating Union (ISU) World Championships from March 3 to 6.
Pearman placed 17th in the first 500m women sprint with a time of 40.08 and 11th place in the first 1000m women sprint with a 1:18:10 finish, on the first day.
On March 4, she again finished 17th in the 500m and 11th in the 1000m.
Her performances earned her a place at the ISU World Cup Final, which will take place in Herenveen, The Netherlands on March 12 and 13.
After that, Pearman plans to visit her hometown of Ponoka from March 16 to 20.
Some of her stops will include visits at local schools Crestomere, Mecca Glen, Ponoka Secondary Campus, Ponoka Elementary School and St. Augustine.
She will also do some meet-and-greets at the Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County offices in recognition of their support, and at a few local businesses who sponsor her. She is scheduled for an appearance at the Ponoka Boston Pizza on March 20.
Pearman finished in 27th place at her first Olympics last month.
“Although I’m disappointed with my results, I know that I did the best I could on those days and I fought (until) the end,” Pearman said in a post on her Instagram page after the conclusion of the Games.
“I’m proud to call myself an Olympian,” she added. “I have felt an incredible amount of love and support over these past five weeks and it’s been absolutely humbling.”