Hiller a Triple Silver Gal
Prince George, B,.C.- Prince George Blizzard Skating Club member, Carolina Hiller, has now hit silver three times at the Canada Winter Games.
(Carolina Hiller – image courtesy Canada Winter Games)
The long track speed skater travelled to Ft. St. John with her TeamBC team mates earlier this week, when the venue had to be changed because of poor ice conditions in Prince George.
The move has proved to be a silver mine for the 17 year old.
Hiller was the second place finisher in the Mass Start female race, and the female 1000 meter, as well as the female team pursuit, all races held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in Ft. St. John.
Hiller skated a personal best time in the 1000m, taking a full two seconds off her previous record
“It was awesome,” she said. “I went out there and I left it all on the ice.”
Hiller credits the support from the crowd as the reason she shattered her personal best.
“I was a little surprised I skated so fast,” she said. “My previous time was recorded in Calgary and that ice is faster. I was really shocked and really happy – it hasn’t really sunk in yet but the crowd and community and my teammates were so awesome cheering me on. My coaches really believed in me and that helped a lot.”
In the mass start event, Hiller stuck to her strategy throughout the chaotic and unpredictable race.
“You have no idea what other teams are going to do in the mass start so that makes it hard,” she said. “It’s eight laps but it goes by very fast. I planned on staying in the top five leaders during the race so that I would be in a good position to push to the finish. With two laps to go Quebec started picking up speed so I made sure I went with them. I managed get in between some of their skaters and split them up. Sara stayed right behind me and we did it.”