Canadians ruled the 2002 Can Am Speed Skating Competition

The final day of the Can Am Long Track Speed Skating Competition brought fast times for many North American and International skaters, but it was the Canadians who swept the number one positions in the All Round Short and Long competitions.

Canadian Development team member Shannon Rempel was crowned women’s All Round Short champion after a spectacular weekend of racing. Second overall position was fellow Oval Program skater Kerry Simpson and Canadian National Development team skater Brittany Schussler was third.

Oval Program skater Cailean Duggan was named the men’s All Round Short champion, and gained a personal best time in the 3000m today. American skater Rob Macky was second overall, followed by Oval Program member Michael Hons who finished third.

Oval Program skater Tiffany Hughes was crowned the women’s All Round Long champion. It was an impressive performance for Hughes, who has now shown that she has fully recovered from an injury that occurred last season. Alberta’s Selina Elm was second overall, and American skater Maria Lamb finished third.

Canadian National Development skater Peter Volvic picked up top honors in the men’s All Round Long competition. Teammate Jay Morrison finished second overall and Oval Program skater Jeff Kitura finished third.

The All Round Long and Short competitions are comprised of several distances, and the champions are crowned based on overall points total.

The Olympic Oval is proud to present the Canadian All Round/ Sprint Speed Skating Championships and Canada Cup # 1 running January 2nd to 5th, 2003. The competition begins at 9:00am each day and will feature many of Canada’s top skaters. Admission is free.

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