Team USA Earns 15 Podium Finishes In CanAm International

Nov. 21, 2017, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

Hundreds of athletes from all over the world took part in the CanAm International in Calgary, Canada from November 17-19. The U.S. men and women worked hard for a total of 15 podium finishes over the three-day competition. 

Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, NC) had four first-place finishes over the weekend. The National Training Program team member swept each of the sprinting distances by winning the two men’s 500m and both of the 1000m.

Four-time Olympian KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.) finished second in the men’s 5000m with a time of 6:32.96. Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), a Junior National Team member, earned a bronze in the same event with a personal best time of 6:34.51. 

In the Junior men’s 3000m, the U.S. swept the podium with Cepuran leading the way as the only skater to break the four minute mark. Fellow Junior skaters, Conor McDermott-Mostowy (Washington, D.C.) and Patrick Miller (St. Paul, Minn.), rounded out the podium, respectively. 

In the women’s 500m #1, Rebekah Bradford-Plath (Apple Valley, Minn.) finished second with a time of 39.22. Two days later in the women’s 500m #2, three of the top four times were from U.S. skaters. Allie Thunstrom (Maplewood, Minn.) and Jerica Tandiman (Kearns, Utah), took silver and bronze, respectively, while Bradford-Plath finished fourth.

Erin Bartlett (Lakewood, Ohio) represented the U.S. on the 1000m #1 podium, coming in second with a time of 1:17.81. She again found herself on the podium after placing third in the women’s 3000m (4:19.74).

On final day of competition, Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.) broke the men’s 500m U.S. Junior National record with 35.42. His time was good for third place in the 500m #2.

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