Rempel skates a second Canadian Junior Record time

A three-hour delay this morning at the Can Am Long Track Speed Skating Competition did not slow down Canadian National Development team member Shannon Rempel. She skated her second Canadian Junior Record time this competition, this time in the 1000m distance in 1:17.30, beating the old record of 1:18.01, which Rempel set herself.

Rempel has secured a second place position after three distances in the women’s All Round Short competition. Kerry Simpson, a fellow Oval Program skater is currently in second, while Canadian National Development team member Brittany Schussler is in third.

In the women’s All Round Long, Oval Program member Tiffany Hughes keeps her first place position after two distances. American Maria Lamb trails in second overall so far in the competition, and Alberta’s Selina Elm is in third. Canadian National Development team member Peter Volcic is currently leading the men’s All Round Long competition. Teammate Jay Morrison sits in second and Oval Program skater Jeff Kitura is in third.

On the men’s side of the All Round Short competition, Igor Makovetski of Belarus sits in first after three distances, while Oval Program skater Cailean Duggan is close behind in second. American skater Ron Macky is currently in third spot.

In the women’s Sprint competition, Svetlana Radkevich of Belarus was crowned champion, while Oval skater Sarah Smith finished second overall. Red Deer’s Danielle Wotherspoon captured third overall. Alberta’s own Brock Miron was named the men’s Sprint champion. Oval Program skater Mark Nielsen finished second overall, followed by fellow Oval athlete and American Eric Krantz.

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

The All Round Long and the All Round Short will wrap-up tomorrow, followed by an exciting 10, 000m mass start race. Races begin at 9:00am and admission is free.

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Anne Reeves
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