| Date of Birth:
November 26, 1984
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
As a young girl growing up in Winnipeg, Shannon Rempel was very active. She played soccer, baseball, and loved gymnastics. She was also an avid ringette player and, at age 10, began speed skating as a way to improve her fledgling skills. Surprisingly to her, she found speed skating to be more to her liking and soon it was her sport of choice.
By 2000, Rempel was already a top junior long track speed skater, finishing ninth overall at the Junior World Championships. In 2001, she would take a step forward, finishing fourth overall. After experiencing a hiccup of sorts in 2002, when she finished 16th, Rempel would finally put it all together, finishing first in the 1000m, second in the 500m, fourth in the 15000m and seventh in the 3000m to take the overall crown as 2003 World Junior Champion.
By the 2004-05 World Cup season, Rempel was ready to compete as a senior. During that rookie season, she won a pair of silver medals, one at an event in China, the other in front of her cheering friends and family in Calgary.
A solid showing at the recent Olympic trials at the Canada Post Single Distances Championships served notice that Rempel is a skater to watch. While Turin will be more of a learning experience, keep an eye on the talented youngster as she continues her steady rise in the years to come.
When not training or racing, Rempel likes to spend her time cooking, snowboarding and designing clothes.
February 26: Speed skating medal haul amazes
February 17: Winnipeggers share medal, spirit
February 15: Takes one for team
February 11: Future stars wait quietly
2006 Longtrackskating Coverage