Thrills & Spills at Day One of 2003 CODA Winterfest Short Track Speed Skating

The CODA Winterfest Short Track Competition at the Olympic Oval kicked off with strong competition during the 1500m event today. This competition is an exciting tune-up competition for the Canadian Open / Canadian Trials #2 scheduled for March 6-9, 2003 at the Oval where selections for the World Short Track Championships will be made.

2002 Olympic Bronze medallist and Oval Program athlete Alanna Kraus (BC) skated the 1500m in the fastest time today with a 2:32.975. Canadian National teammate Amanda Overland (ON) finished second behind Kraus in the same heat with a 2:33.090. American skater Penelope Lang, who trains at the Oval finished with the third fastest time of the day.

On the men’s side, Oval Program athlete Robb Zirnhelt (BC) was the fastest with 2:20.520. Fellow Oval skater Daryl Rasmussen (BC), who just returned with a Silver and a Bronze from the University Games, finished behind Zirnhelt with the second fastest time of the day (2:36.971). Alberta’s Joffrey Larocque was the third fastest man with a time of 2:20.883.

Despite a few spills today, no serious injuries occurred in large part due to the Centurian ST-2000 short track mats. The Oval offers the safest environment for short track speed skating with this unique mat system. Through a combination of different foams and Velcro fasteners, the chance and severity of injury is greatly reduced. The mats also move upon impact, which lessens the force of impact on the skater.


Schedule

Saturday, February 1

Sunday, February 2

09:00 500m Races

09:00 1000m Races

Relays Women and Men

Relays Women and Men

Check out all the fast and exciting action of the 500m and the relays tomorrow!


For further information please contact:

Anne Reeves

Communications Specialist

220-8158

akreeves@ucalgary.ca