CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Monday, November 17, 1997
Three gold, two silver for Canucks
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota--Susan Auch of Winnipeg, Catriona Le May Doan of
Saskatoon and Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., each won a gold medal
Sunday to complete an incredible Canadian performance at the World Cup long
track speed skating season opener this weekend.
Auch and Le May Doan were 1-2 in the women's 500 metres, Le May Doan won
the 1,000 and Wotherspoon was first in the 500 and second in the 1,000. On
Saturday Le May Doan took the 500, Wotherspoon won the 1,000 and Mike
Ireland of Winnipeg was second in the 500. The eight medals is the best
ever Canadian performance at a World Cup event.
In Sunday's women's 500, Auch, the Olympic silver medallist, took the gold
in a track record 39.86 seconds for her first World Cup victory since
beating five-time Olympic champion Bonnie Blair of the U.S. in March 1995.
Le May Doan, a medallist at the past two world championships, was second in
39.90 and defending World Cup and world sprint champion Franziska Schenk of
Germany was third in 39.98. Michelle Morton of Calgary posted a career
best fifth in 40.74.
"I'm not surprised to win... but finally," said Auch, 31, who underwent
knee surgery two summers ago and says she's now fully recovered. "I've
trained really well this summer but my skating didn't have any snap to it
until today. I'm feeling tired but I finally seem to have some aggression
in me. I usually need to race under stress to do well so it's reassuring to
win this early in the season."
In the women's 1,000 Le May Doan registered her first World Cup victory in
the event clocking 1:20.99. Sabine Volker of Germany was second at 1:22.61
and her teammate Anke Loef-Baier third at 1:22.68. Auch was 12th.
"This weekend has been exhausting," said Le May Doan, 26. "I couldn't
believe my margin of victory today. I've finally figured out how to skate
the 1,000 metres. I'm using my push, I can just settle in and think about
things. It's basically just a mindset."
In the men's 500, Wotherspoon continued his torrid early-season pace
winning in 36.87 for his second track record this weekend. Yasunori Miyabe
of Japan was second at 36.99 and Grunde Njos of Norway third in 37.06.
In the men's 1,000, Jakko Jan Leeuwangh of the Netherlands claimed the gold
in 1:13.80, Wotherspoon was second in 1:13.88 and Jan Bos of the
Netherlands third in 1:13.98.
"I was nervous going in this weekend," said Wotherspoon, 21, who posted 14
top-10 finishes in his World Cup rookie campaign last winter. "I wasn't
sure how well I'd do. This helps build a lot of confidence. It confirms
any doubts whether I could do well this weekend. I'm a little surprised
it's this strong. I didn't' think I'd win the 500, it's not my bets event. Everything is pretty solid. I managed to relax and think about skating and
Sylvain Bouchard of Loretteville, Que., was sixth in 1:14.98 and Kevin
Overland of Kitchener, Ont., 10th in 1:15.61.
The World Cup season continues for the sprinters, next weekend at the
Olympic Oval in Calgary. Because the speed skaters are now using the Klap
skates it is anticipated some world records could fall in Calgary.
"We should be even stronger in Calgary," said Wotherspoon.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) -- World Cup speedskating results Sunday (all distances in meters):
1. Jeremey Wotherspoon, Canada, 36.87 seconds. 2. Yasunori Niyabe, Japan, 36.99. 3. Grunde Njos, Norway, 37.06. 4. Jan Bos, Netherlands, 37.14. 5. Toshiyuri Kuroiwa, Japan, 37.22. 6. (tie) Manabu Horri, Japan, 37.27, Casey FitzRandolph, Verona, Wis., 37.27. 8. Lee Kyu-Hyuk, South Korea, 37.28. 9. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 37.32. 10. Kazuya Nishioka, Japan, 37.34.
16. Mark Pelchat, Chelmsford, Mass., 37.58. 27. Cory Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 38.29. 28. K.C. Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 38.36. 34. David Cruikshank, Northbrook, Ill., 38.68.
1. Jakko Jan Leeuwangh, Netherlands, one minute 13.80 seconds. 2. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Canada, 1:13.88. 3. Jan Bos, Netherlands, 1:13.98. 4. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 1:14.65. 5. Lee Kyu-Hyuk, South Korea, 1:14.68. 6. Sylvain Bouchard, Canada, 1:14.98. 7. Minetaka Sasabuchi, Japan, 1:15.20. 8. Manabu Horii, Japan, 1:15.38. 9. Casey FitzRandolph, Verona, Wis., 1:15.46. 10. Kevin Overland, Canada, 1:15.61.
11. Cory Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 1:15.62. 19. K.C. Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 1:16.17. 28. Tim Hoffman, Waukesha, Wis., 1:17.56. 34. David Cruikshank, Northbrook, Ill., 1:18.45.
1. Susan Auch, Canada, 39.86 seconds. 2. Catriona LeMay-Doan, Canada, 39.90. 3. Franziska Schenk, Germany, 39.98. 4. Sabine Volker, Germany, 40.26. 5. Michelle Morton, Canada, 40.74. 6. Svetlana Zhurova, Russia 40.80. 7. Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 40.86. 8. Titiana Danshina, Russia, 40.97. 9. Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 40.98. 10. Edel Therese Hoiseth, Norway, 41.03.
12. Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 41.10. 22. Moira D' Andrea, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 41.66. 32. Kim Strzykalski, East Troy, Wis., 42.59. 36. Tama Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 43.17.
1. Catriona LeMay-Doan, Canada, one minute 20.99 seconds. 2. Sabine Volker, Germany, 1:22.61. 3. Anke Loef-Baier, Germany, 1:22.68. 4. Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 1:22.69. 5. Shiho Kusunose, Japan, 1:22.88. 6. Eriko Sanmiya, Japan, 1:23.17. 7. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 1:23.17. 8. Tomomi Shimizu, Japan, 1:23.34. 9. Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 1:23.41. 10. Natalia Polozkova, Russia, 1:23.47. Americans
14. Moira D'Andrea, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1:23.91. 15. Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1:23.98. 33. Tama Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1:28.35. Kim Strzykalski, East Troy, Wis., DNS.