Maddison Pearman skates in the 1500m during the ISU speed skating World Cup at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB on December 12, 2021. (Photo by Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)

Maddison Pearman skates in the 1500m during the ISU speed skating World Cup at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB on December 12, 2021. (Photo by Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)

Ponoka’s Maddison Pearman finishes at top-ranked Canadian at first career World Sprint Championships

Ponoka’s Maddison Pearman is riding on cloud nine in 2022.

Fresh off her Olympic debut last month, the 26-year-old Ponoka native, who grew up skating for the Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club, put up a memorable performance at her first ever World Sprint Championships in Norway.

Pearman ranked 12th overall after two days of the sprint portion of the event, with a pair of 11th place results in the 1000m races and two 17th place finishes in the 500m.

The Allround portion of the competition continues into Saturday and Sunday, where champions will be crowned based on the combined times from the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m/5000m races.