Ever the realist, Heather McLean flew home to Canada from the Netherlands in early March and quarantined herself for 14 days, even though it was not yet a requirement to do so.
After witnessing the spikes of COVID-19 first-hand in Europe, McLean realized the gravity of the situation and accepted she might not race again until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
So, while she wants to compete this year – perhaps in the “hub” that the International Skating Union is exploring in the Netherlands — the Winnipeg product is ready to roll with the unexpected.
Such is life in the midst of a global pandemic.
“I trust the ISU and our federation in Canada will take all the safety precautions and make the best decisions for us,” says McLean, one of this country’s top sprinters. “So, if they do decide to go through with it, I’m definitely all for