The Rising Star Group 1, Star 2 and Starskaters were visited by Olympic speed skater Ingrid Liepa (back row, second from rigth) on Oct. 3.
She spoke to the skaters as a mentor and inspiration to start out the year in skating in Rossland. Liepa is the fastest female long distance speed skater in Canadian history.
She’s won the Canadian all around title, broken two national records and was fifth in the 1,500 metres at the 1996 world championships.
When she broke the national 1,500 m. mark in late 1995 it was the oldest record in the Canadian books dating back to 1987.
Despite a terrible flu, Liepa was Canada’s busiest speed skater at the 1994 Olympics racing in the 1,000 m., 1,500 m., 3,000 m. and 5,000 m.