Canadian Junior Record time at the Can Am Speed Skating Competition

It was a thrilling day at the Can Am Long Track Speed Skating Competition as skaters from North America and around the world skated for fast times and personal bests. It was a successful day for many athletes, especially for Canadian Shannon Rempel.

Canadian National Development Team member Shannon Rempel, who recently celebrated her eighteenth birthday, skated a Canadian Junior Record time in the women’s 1500m event with a time of 1:59.06. The previous Canadian Junior Record time was 2:00.11. Rempel’s remarkable skate marks the second time anywhere in the world a Junior woman has skated under the two minute barrier, and is very close to the Junior World Record time held by Dutch skater Elma de Vries (1:58.93). Oval coach Arno Hoogveld says “if she keeps progressing and training as hard as she has been over the last couple of months, she will be looking for a podium finish at Junior Worlds this February.” Last season Rempel trained in Calgary every three weeks, but this year made the move to be trained by Hoogveld full-time. “I couldn’t be more proud of her,” adds Hoogveld with a smile.

In the women’s All Round Short competition, Rempel sits in first place after 2 distances, while fellow Oval Program skaters Kerry Simpson and Chelsey Parker sit in second and third, respectively. In the men’s All Round Short distance, Igor Makovetski (Belarus) sits in first. Oval Program skater Cailean Duggan is currently in second, while American skater Ron Macky is in third.

Today in the women’s 500m All Round Long race, Oval Program Tiffany Hughes finished first with a time of 40.39. American skaters Rebekah Bradford (41.41) and Maria Lamb (41.50) finished second and third, respectively. In the men’s 500m All Round Long competition, Canadian National Development Team member Peter Volcic, who trains in Calgary skated a 36.86 to finish first. American Matt Passarella was second (37.00), and Canadian National Development Team and Oval Program skater Jay Morrison was third with a time of 37.06.

After two races in the women’s Sprint competition, Belarus’ Svetlana Radkevich sits in first, while Oval Program skaters Sarah Smith and Danielle Wotherspoon are in second and third, respectively. In the men’s Sprint races, Oval Program skater Brock Miron sits in first and fellow Calgarian Mark Nielsen is in second. American Eric Krantz, who trains in Calgary, is currently in third.

The All Round Long and the All Round Short will continue tomorrow and the Sprint competition will wrap-up. Races begin at 9:00am and admission is free.

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