Jeremy Wotherspoon & Shannon Rempel prove their power at the Can Am Speed Skating Competition

The Sprints wrapped-up today at the 15th annual Can Am long track speed skating competition. This event has grown into an exciting four-day international competition with over 200 athletes taking over the Olympic Oval. 2003 World Sprint Champion Jeremy Wotherspoon raced the 500m today with the fifth fastest time ever – 34.52. 2003 Junior World Champion Shannon Rempel skated the fastest 1000m of the day with a time of 1:18.03, and finished second in the 500m event with a time of 39.26. The Canadian Sprint Team is looking strong!

2002 Olympic Gold Medallist and Oval Program skater Casey FitzRandolph, who was paired with Wotherspoon for that very exciting race, finished second with a time of 35.02. Canadian National Team member James Monson was third with a time of 35.62. Teammate Mark Nielsen skated the fastest opener of the day in 9.57, and finished fourth (35.64).

In the men’s 1000m races, Korean teammates Jae-Bong Choi (1:09.86) and Kyou-Hyuk Lee (1:09.91) were first and second, respectively. Canadian National Development Team member Jean-Rene Belanger was third with a time of 1:11.52, and teammate Ian Houghton was fourth (1:11.67).

Anzhelika Kotyuga (BLG) was first in the women’s 500m races with a time of 38.34, and China’s Dan Wang was third (39.56). Canadian National Team member Kim Weger was fourth with a time of 39.74. In the 1000m distance, Norway’s Linda Olsen was second (1:19.58) and Elena Miagkikh (Ukraine) was third (1:20.73). Alberta’s Selina Elm finished fourth with a time of 1:21.08.

Norway’s Olsen was crowned the women’s Sprint Champion, followed by American Rebekah Bradford and Ontario’s Christine Nesbitt. None of the Canadian National Team women qualified for overall positions, as they did not race all four events. Korea’s Jae-Bong Choi was named the men’s Sprint Champion, while teammate Kyou-Hyuk Lee was second. National Development Team skater Sterling Sobczak was third overall, and teammate Houghton was sixth overall. Wotherspoon did not qualify in the overall standings as he only raced one 500m event.

Saturday and Sunday will continue with the All Round Long and All Round Short competitions. Races begin at 9:00am daily and admission is free. For complete results, please visit

Running from November 27 – 30, the Can Am will feature fast times and exciting action as skaters prepare for the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating at the Olympic Oval December 6th and 7th.

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Anne Reeves Judin
Communications Specialist

2003 Can Am Speed Skating Competition
Friday, November 28, 2003

500m Day Two (Women’s)

1. Anzhelika Kotyuga (BLG) 38.34
2. Shannon Rempel(CAN) 39.26
3. Dan Wang(CHN) 39.56
4. Kim Weger (CAN) 39.74

1000m Day Two (Women’s)

1. Shannon Rempel (CAN) 1:18.03
2. Linda Olsen (NOR) 1:19.58
3. Elena Miagkikh (UKR) 1:20.73
4. Selina Elm (AB) 1:21.08

500m Day Two (Men’s)

1. Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN) 34.52
2. Casey FitzRandolph (USA) 35.02
3. James Monson (CAN) 35.62
4. Mark Nielsen (CAN) 35.64

1000m Day Two (Men’s)

1. Jae-Bong Choi (KOR) 1:09.86
2. Kyou-Hyuk Lee (KOR) 1:09.86
3. Jean-Rene Belanger (CAN) 1:11.52
5. Ian Houghton (CAN) 1:11.6