Young talent shines at Winterfest

Day One of the 2005 Winterfest Short Track Speed Skating Competition wrapped up today at the Olympic Oval with some strong results from Oval Program racers.

British Columbia’s Michael Friesen finished first in the men’s 500 metre with a time of 43.108 seconds. American racers Anthony Lobello and Alex Izykowski placed second and third.

Richard Shoebridge of Ontario led the men in the 1500 metre. His time of 2.22.389 placed him ahead of British Columbia’s Steven (2.22.857) and Michael Friesen (2.22.859).

In the ladies 500 metre, Calgary’s Kylee Toth raced in 47.113 seconds to edge out American Sarah Lang for first place. Jo-anne MacLean from Nova Scotia finished third.

Toth also took first in the 1500-metre race finishing in two minutes and 32.7 seconds. Fellow Alberta racers Crystal Phillips (2.32.8) and Jessica Gregg (2.32.9) were close behind for second and third.

The fastest time of the day was set by Oval Program athlete Cory Rasmussen from British Columbia who raced the 500 metre in 41.8 seconds. Phillips, Lang, MacLean, Toth, Shoebridge and Michael and Steven Friesen also train in the Oval Program.

Day two of Winterfest 2005 continues Sunday morning at the Olympic Oval with the 1000-metre and 3000-metre races. Come check out the thrills and spills. Races begin at 9:00 a.m. Free admission.

For more information, contact:

Yvonne Turgeon

Olympic Oval Communications

(403) 210-8568