It should come as no surprise that speedskater Braden Clouthier owns the fastest outdoor time in the 1,000m for junior B.C. skaters. After all, he perfected his stride on an open-air oval fighting the prairie winds and harsh conditions that come with being a young, hopeful skater in Dawson Creek.
With just one long-track speedskating competition left on the junior schedule, Clouthier’s time of 1:19.93, which he posted on the final day of competition at Canada Cup 3, will hold up as the provincial junior outdoor record.
A best time that Clouthier already possessed – unbeknownst to him.
“I actually found out before the 1,000m from Jacob [Graham] that the time I had from the last time I went to Québec was the record,” Clouthier said this week in discussing his final results at the tour series event held at the beginning of February. “I had no idea and then I beat it again when I was there.”
“To be told about it and not knowing that I had the record to begin with is pretty cool, I guess,” he added.
Clouthier, who now trains in Calgary with famed coach Arno Hoogveld, says that conditions in Québec were less than ideal, but felt beforehand that he could crack the 1:20 mark.
“I expected to go under 1:20 for the whole competition. I just didn’t know that was the record,” he said. “I think that outdoor I’m more competitive in the sprint distances, for sure. Not so much in the longer ones.”
The University of Calgary freshman, who, this season has been more focused on improving his long distance times, says owning the record in the 1,000m has got him leaning more towards the sprint categories.
With the Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup Final set to take place at the beginning of March, Clouthier has his sights set on shaving two seconds off his personal best in the 1,000m. Last year’s Finale is where Clouthier set his best time in the 1km with a time of 1:14.32.
“I want to break my PB’s in the 1,500m and 1,000m and I want to break 1:12 in the 1,000.”