| Date of Birth:
October 27, 1976
Place of Birth: Humboldt, SK
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 181 lbs
Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on October, 26, 1976, Jeremy Wotherspoon, like most other prairie kids, wanted to be a hockey player. In an effort to improve his shinny potential, the young athlete enrolled in power skating lessons. He proved to be such a natural that his hockey career ended right then and there. By the age of 17 he was bound for Calgary to train with the big boys on the national speed skating team.
One of the most celebrated long track speed skaters of the last decade, Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon has some unfinished business to take care of at the Olympics in Turin. Despite being the holder of an amazing 12 overall World Cup championship titles, seven times in the 500 m and five times in the 1000 m, the 29-year-old has never been able to truly shine on sport's highest stage.
His sole Olympic medal is a silver one from the 1000 m race at the 1998 Nagano Games. Four years later on the oval in Salt Lake City, Wotherspoon got off to a great start in the 500 m, but sadly caught an edge, sending him spinning into the sideboards. In the 1000 m, it would prove once again to not be Wotherspoon's day as he crossed the finish line in an improbable 13th place.
With plenty to prove despite his decorated career, Wotherspoon will be an athlete to keep your eye on at the Games.
February 23: Olympic nightmare
February 19: Sadly, losses define Spoon
February 14: Spoon of sorrow
February 14: 'He'll bounce back'
February 13: Wotherspoon stumbles again
February 9: SUN Prediction: Silver Medal
2006 Longtrackskating Coverage