The Olympic Oval | Anneau olympique
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Jeremy Wotherspoon donates personal award money to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund
Calgary, AB (January 9, 2014) – Calgary’s Olympic Oval is thrilled to announce the generous donation of $3,805
to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund by four-time World Sprint Champion, 13-time World Cup Overall Champion, 67-time World Cup winner and Olympic Silver medalist Jeremy Wotherspoon. With a highly decorated career spanning over 15 years, Wotherspoon also competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest speed skating sprinters of all time.
The Olympic Oval has a long standing tradition of awarding a Brothers of the Wind world recordring to any skater who breaks a world record on the Olympic Oval’s “Fastest Ice in the World™.” Wotherspoon holds the honor of breaking an astonishing twelve world records at the Oval; a feat that has not been accomplished by any other skater. Five of Wotherspoon’s twelve world record rings have never been ordered. Recently, the Olympic Oval approached Jeremy to begin the process, but he chose to donate the money allocated for his rings to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund.
"The Olympic Oval has been a world leading facility as long as I've been a full time athlete. I am extremely grateful for its existence, as this facility, the people and the programs that have found a home here are responsible for my success in many ways. By giving something back to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund, I hope young athletes who are here now can immerse themselves in sport the way I was able to when I was just starting out" said Wotherspoon during his cheque presentation on January 7th to Olympic Oval Associate Director of High Performance Sport, Marcel Lacroix.
The Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund was designed to assist Oval Program athletes offset training costs associated with speed skating. Up to seven bursaries are awarded each year to athletes in the program.
The Olympic Oval, located on the University of Calgary campus, is a world class speed skating and high performance sport facility dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and health and wellness for all. Home to the fastest ice in the world, 287 world records have been set at the Oval in both long and short track speed skating in the past 25 years. Every year, the best athletes from Canada and around the world train and compete at the Oval facility, and thousands of visitors, public skaters, and students benefit from the building’s amenities. Always working to maintain the facility’s legacy as being “The Best Ever” the Olympic Oval continues to invest in the venue, including recent upgrades to the air flow system, the installation of a new roof in 2010, and the refurbishment of the Oval artwork and cauldron.
David Vink, Olympic Oval