The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer announced its 2013 inductees on Thursday and on the list are two Olympic medallists (Jeremy Wotherspoon and Blythe Hartley) and a Paralympic silver medallist (Dean Kozak).
Speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alberta won a silver medal in the men's 500m at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Wotherspoon also won eight World Speed Skating Championship gold medals each year from 1999-2004 and again in 2008.
Wotherspoon, who according to Danny Rode of the Red Deer Advocate, is possibly the greatest long track speed skater in history. He currently is still the world record holder in the 500m with a time of 34.03 seconds, which he set in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007.
Diver Blythe Hartley of Edmonton won a bronze medal in the women's 10m platform diving competition with Emilie Heymans of Montreal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Hartley was originally on the 2012 induction list, but was unable to attend the banquet and will be inducted this year instead.
Wotherspoon and Hartley are joined by goalball player Dean Kozak of Edmonton who won a silver medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
There will be a total of eleven new members this year and the ceremony will take place May 24 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.