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Wotherspoon attempts comeback with Canadian Olympic team

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The Canadian Press
6/4/2013 11:30:21 PM
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Canadian speedskater Jeremy Wotherspoon is making a comeback.

Dutch broadcaster NOS reported on its website that the 36-year-old will attempt to represent Canada at next year's Sochi Olympics. The article said he will be coached by Dutch former world champion Jan Bos.

Wotherspoon retired in 2010 after the Vancouver Olympics and has been coaching in Europe since.

"After the Olympics in Vancouver I stopped skating because I planned to stop skating, but I never thought 'OK, I'm glad to be done,"' Wotherspoon told the broadcaster.

The Red Deer, Alta., native holds the 500-metre world record of 34.03 seconds and compiled 67 World Cup victories over his career.

Wotherspoon's resume also includes three 500-metre world titles and another in the 1,000, four sprint world championships and a silver in the 500 at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

However, he struggled at the next three Games. Wotherspoon was a heavy favourite in the 500 at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake but he stumbled at the start. He underperformed in Turin four years later and settled for a ninth-place effort in Vancouver.

Wotherspoon said "anything can happen" with his comeback, and he's ready to handle disappointment.

"I accept the risk that it could go badly," he said.

Jeremy Wotherspoon (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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