Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jeremy Wotherspoon My Winter Olympics Hero

        I have followed Jeremy Wotherspoon's speed skating career since he first started skating with the local club.

        Jeremey became a world class leader in speed skating for a long time. This took tremendous dedication to every aspect of his life. Training to get to this level takes determination as well the dedication of your whole life.

       Jeremy had much success in World Cup races. Winter Olympics were another thing.

      For the 2010 Winter Olypics Jeremy was added at the last minute. At  34, age  had caught up to Jeremy. However, Jeremy went out and competed even though his prospects were remote. This is were it really takes guts. You go out and give it all you've got even though you know it's not going to happen. I'm reminded of Rudyard Kipling's line were he says "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing their's ....You'll be a man my son" Jeremy's a great man!

       Now Red Deer, Jeremy's home town, could name a street Wotherspoon Way?? The speed skating oval where it all started could be named for Jeremy. Come to think of it an enclosed speed skating oval would be reallly cool!