|Jeremy Wotherspoon. (QMI Agency)
Canadian long track speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon is making a comeback ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
After retiring following the 2010 Vancouver Games, the 36-year-old from Humboldt, Sask., said his biggest motivation is to medal in Sochi next year.
“It has been three years since my retirement and I have not been able to completely move on mentally from being an athlete,” Wotherspoon said. “I have not been able to ignore the idea of competing again, and I know that I can only do this now; there is no later chance for me to return to competition.”
Though he has claimed 19 world championship medals over the course of his 15-year national team career, he’s suffered disappointment in three straight Olympics. He hasn’t medalled at a Games since winning silver in the 500-metres at Nagano in 1998.
“My biggest goal and motivation is to win a medal in Sochi,” Wotherspoon said. “I have never felt a sense of fulfillment from my Olympic experiences; this is my last chance to find that fulfillment. This will be a massive challenge, and I must be very smart with my physical training, confident in my mental preparation and totally committed when I compete.”