February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Silver Medal
Sun Media

He's back for his third Winter Games, and looking like a gold medal contender once again.

Wotherspoon's seven medals on the World Cup circuit this season are second only to Klassen's eight on the Canadian team.

Five of them (one gold, four bronze) have come in the 500-metre sprint, Wotherspoon's signature event.

But he could be a double threat in Turin, based on what happened during back-to-back weekends in November.

Competing in the 1,000 metres, Wotherspoon struck for a bronze medal at a World Cup meet in Salt Lake City, then followed that up with a silver in Milwaukee.

And in mid-January, in his final race before the Games, he won a 1,000-metre race at the World Sprint Championship.

"He's shown some things in the 1,000 metres," Emery Holmik, Speed Skating Canada's high performance director, told Sun Media. "To be on the podium a couple of times indicates he has some prospects of achieving a medal in the 1000, as well."

As far as the 500 goes, Wotherspoon has been the world champ, broken world records and has more wins on the World Cup circuit than anyone.

The only thing missing in his trophy-case: an Olympic gold.

At 29, it may be now or never.

Event Schedule

Mon. Feb. 13

500m

Sat. Feb 18

1000m

Previous Games

Wotherspoon followed up a silver medal in the 500 in 1998 by struggling in

Salt Lake City.

Olympics:

2002

1998






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Schedule

Preview

Men's 500m
Results
Past Champs

Men's 1,000m
Results
Past Champs

Men's 1,500m
Results
Past Champs

Men's 5,000m
Results
Past Champs

Men's 10,000m
Results
Past Champs

Men's Team Pursuit
Results
Past Champs

Women's 500m
Results
Past Champs

Women's 1,000m
Results
Past Champs

Women's 1,500m
Results
Past Champs

Women's 3,000m
Results
Past Champs

Women's 5,000m
Results
Past Champs

Women's Team Pursuit
Results
Past Champs