MILWAUKEE — Bonnie Blair continued her domination of the U.S. women's speed skating trials Saturday night, while Erik Henriksen clinched a spot on his third straight Olympic team by winning the men's final 500-meter trial.
Blair of Champaign, Ill., won the women's 500 meters in 42.30 seconds and now has won all four 500-meter trials, both 1,500-meter trials and one 1,000-meter trial. She will skate one more race, the third and final 1,000 meters, today during the final day of competition.
Blair will skate three events at the Olympics in February--the 500, 1,000 and 1,500.
"In the last trials I was working on making the team. This time I basically knew I could be on the team," said Blair, who competed in the 1984 Olympics when the U.S. skaters failed to win any medals.
"My thoughts and efforts are going toward February and not worrying so much about this time."
Henriksen won the men's 500 meters in 38.53.
He is scheduled to appear today before a United States International Speedskating Assn. hearing that will determine if he should be suspended for allegedly violating a code of conduct in November.