Gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen in Rockford Aug. 8-10

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11865236388552.jpg’, ”, ‘Dan Jansen, 1993 world record-holder in 500m; fell in 500m and 1,000m in 1988 Olympics at Calgary after learning of death of sister Jane; placed fourth in 500m and didn’t attempt 1,000m four years later in Albertville; fell in 500m at ’94 Games in Lillehammer, but finally won an Olympic medal with world record (1:12.43) effort in 1,000m, then took victory lap with baby daughter Jane in his arms; won 1994 Sullivan Award.‘);

As you make your way around town this week, don’t be surprised if you run into U.S. Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen. He’s in town conducting a strength and conditioning clinic for skaters trying to make the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster this coming fall.

Jansen’s clinic runs from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 8), tomorrow (Aug. 9) and Friday, Aug. 10, at the Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., in Rockford. The skating sessions are open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

Some of the skaters expected to attend the clinic include Cam Barker, Michael Blunden, David Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Jake Dowell, Colin Fraser, Bryan McGregor, Jack Skille and Kris Versteeg. These 11 players are considered prospects with the Blackhawks and are expected to participate when the team opens training camp in September. It’s possible some of these skaters may even end up wearing an IceHogs jersey come November.

Fans who attend the clinic will have an opportunity to win some prizes courtesy of the IceHogs and Mountain Dew. Some of the prizes include an Xbox 360, four tickets for the IceHogs’ home-opener in the American Hockey League Friday, Nov. 2, a Blackhawks gift package and a free Runt’s Kids Club membership.

For more information regarding Jansen’s strength and conditioning camp, contact the IceHogs office at (815) 986-6465.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the August 8-14, 2007, issue

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