Many of the best young speed skaters that Canada has to offer hit the oval ice in Fredericton this weekend. 

The Canadian Junior Open Selections #2 took place at the Grant-Harvey Centre with each skater completing at least three heats in the 500, 1000, and 1500 meter range. 

"I came in third, so I'm pretty happy," said Emily Krispis from Quebec. "It's great to compete nationally like this." 

Emily Krispis

Emily Krispis, from Quebec, finished third in her class this weekend at Canadian Junior Open Selections #2 speed skating races. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Krispis, a racer from a team of 79 skaters and staff that travelled from Quebec said many of those on the ice will be Olympic contenders in a few short years. 

"Definitely," said Krispis. "There are some incredible skater out there. They know what they're doing. Speed, endurance, it's a top notch competition here." 

For many, the event was their first ever national races.

"It's a completely different competition," said Thierry Montreuil of Quebec City. "For me it's been so-so, I did not do so well. But I'm just happy I came to the competition and did my best." 

The final results of the four days of races were posted Sunday afternoon.