February 19, 2010 |
There is no medal. But there is a certificate. That much Jennifer Rodriguez earned after a top-eight finish in the women's 1,000-meter speedskating event Thursday -- a trophy with print, not glint. So there is a congratulatory certificate. There is optimism about Rodriguez's 1,500-meter race Sunday. There is a growing hope for the next Olympic cycle. But there are no medals. So there is a lot of relative thinking regarding the U.S. women's speedskating team's performance in these Winter Games.
February 21, 2002 |
The Olympics finally got to see highly touted German speedskater Anni Friesinger at her best Wednesday, and Jennifer Rodriguez kept the American medals train chugging along. Friesinger, after finishing out of the medals in the women's 3,000 and 1,000, was untouchable in her specialty, winning the 1,500 meters in world-record time, 1 minute 54.02 seconds, .36 of a second faster than she had skated the distance last March at the Olympic rink in Calgary.
February 12, 1998 |
I went to the M-Wave on Wednesday to see Kirstin Holum. If any American speedskater would contend for a medal in the women's 3,000 meters, she figured to be the one. Some people are born with silver spoons. Holum was born with silver skates. She's coached by her mother, Dianne Holum, whose credentials are impeccable. She coached Eric Heiden, who won five speedskating gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics, and won four medals herself, the first at age 16 in 1968.
February 18, 2002
Women's 1,000m speedskating G Chris Witty, U.S. S Sabine Voelker, Germany B Jennifer Rodriguez, U.S. Women's super-G G Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy S Janica Kostelic, Croatia B Karen Putzer, Italy Men's Nordic combined G Finland S Germany B Austria Men's cross-country skiing G Norway S Italy B Germany Bobsled G Christoph Langen and Markus Zimmermann, Germany S Christian Reich and Steve Anderhub, Switzerland B Martin Annen and Beat Hefti, Switzerland
February 19, 2006
Chris Witty and Jennifer Rodriguez, who won gold and bronze in 2002 at Salt Lake City, are the United States' best hopes. Witty, one of nine athletes who have represented the U.S. in Summer and Winter Games, carried the flag in the opening ceremony. Rodriguez was the first Latina to win a Winter Olympics medal. Germany's Anni Friesinger won a gold medal Thursday in the team pursuit, and Italy's Chiaro Simionato is the local favorite.
February 23, 2002
Feb. 9 Freestyle skiing: Women's moguls: Shannon Bahrke, silver; speedskating: Men's 5,000: Derek Parra, silver. Feb. 10 Snowboard: Women's halfpipe: Kelly Clark, gold. Feb. 11 Snowboard: Men's halfpipe: Ross Powers, gold; Danny Kass, silver; Jarret Thomas, bronze. Feb. 12 Freestyle skiing: Men's moguls: Travis Mayer, silver; speedskating: Men's 500: Kip Carpenter, bronze. Feb. 13 Alpine skiing: Men's combined: Bode Miller, silver. Feb. 14 Figure skating: Men: Timothy Goebel, bronze. Feb.