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    Monday, November 24, 1997

    Best of all

    By TOM BRENNAN -- Calgary Sun
      Yes, we know Canada's squad is good, but at least one team member, Patrick Bouchard, is willing to go further than that.
     "You may be looking at the best speed skating team ever assembled, at least in the sprints," stated Bouchard.
     Best ever?
     "Just looking at the men, today we had five in the top eight in 500," Bouchard pointed out. "We had five in the top nine in the 1,000.
     "I'd have to check with history to see if it ever happened, but I don't think nobody nowhere has seen results like that."
     Can Bouchard see a 1-2-3 Canadian sweep somewhere along the way?
     "Maybe at Olympics?" he replied, with a smile. "Can you imagine it?"
     Canada won 10 medals during the weekend. The best any other country did was four (Germany and Japan).
     Both Catriona LeMay Doan and Jeremy Wotherspoon set points records for a World Cup event.
     FLEETING FAME: Germany's Franziska Schenk briefly owned the world record in the 1,000 yesterday. Very briefly.
     "To set a world record and lose it after two minutes ... you have to deal with it, but it made me sad today," said Schenk, who was clocked in 1:15.92. "But all three times under 1:16 is so impressive. It's a time I can be happy with."
     Schenk had barely caught her breath when both Chris Witty and LeMay Doan went even faster.
     "It was nice to be the first women to go under 1:16," she said with a smile. "But we have a German expression: It's nothing that can buy me anything."
     GLORY BE! Nineteen-year-old South Korean Kyu-Hyuk Lee broke his own world record in the mens 1,000.
     "I didn't expect a world record today," said Lee, clocked in 1:1042. "I'm surprised. I just expected to be third or second, and I would've been satisfied."
     Lee had established the mark Nov. 6 in Calgary when the South Korean national championships were held at the Olympic Oval. He'd only been on clap skates for three weeks at the time.
     "I can keep this world record, but I don't know for how long," he said. "I expect before Nagano a new record will show up."