Alanna Kraus & Joffrey Larocque are crowned the 2003 CODA Winterfest Champions!

The final day of the CODA Winterfest Short Track Competition at the Olympic Oval did not disappoint. There were plenty of fast times with the Oval Program skaters sweeping the top positions. Olympic Bronze Medallist Alanna Kraus was named overall Women’s Champion, while Calgary’s Joffrey Larocque was crowned Men’s Champion.

National Development Team skater Amanda Overland (ON) picked up second overall, and American and Oval Program athlete Penelope Lang was third. On the men’s side, Daryl Rasmussen (BC) picked up second overall and National Development Team skater Tony Smith of Calgary was third.

In the women’s 1000m finals, Kraus (BC) finished in 1:42.437 to finish first. Lang finished with a time of 1:43.265 to sit in second position, and Oval Program veteran Beth Whitmee (NB) was third (1:43.726). Overland fell in the finals, but still managed to skate the race in a time of 1:51.504. In the 3000m races, Kraus finished with another first today (5:20.231), Overland was close behind (5:20.800) and Whitmee finished with her second third spot for the day (5:22.365).

Smith finished first in the men’s 1000m finals in a time of 1:28.340. Andrew Lahey (ON) skated his race in 1:28.74 while Larocque picked up third position (1:29.204). In the grueling 3000m event, Larocque finished with the fastest time (4:55.789), Daryl’s brother Cory Rasmussen (BC) was second (4:55.941) and Smith was third (4:56.606).

Check out the Canadian Open / Canadian Trials #2 from March 6th to 9th, 2003 at the Olympic Oval. See National Team athletes as they take to the ice for high-speed, intense short track action. Races begin at 9:00am, and admission is free.

For further information please contact:

Anne Reeves

Olympic Oval, Communications Specialist