February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Ranked 1-2 in the world, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are the United States' best two options to get the U.S. speedskating team on the board and take the pressure off an ongoing medal drought. On Sunday, the former in-line skaters race in the 1,500 meters. After swapping a new Under Armour suit for an old one, the male counterparts on the team went 0-4 in Saturday's 1,500. Richardson and Bowe have struggled in Sochi as well. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Richardson, 24, finished eighth in the 500 and seventh in the 1,000.
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - When U.S. short-track Coach Stephen Gough saw his men's 5,000-meter relay team was in, the relief poured out. With four laps to go in Thursday's first semifinal, South Korea's Ho-Suk Lee interfered with Eddy Alvarez of the U.S., sending both skaters tumbling into the Iceberg Skating Palace pads. The United States scrambled to finish fourth, visibly upset and shaking their heads. South Korea finished third. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi As the crash was replayed on screens over center ice, officials huddled.
February 10, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - J.R. Celski had put himself in the position he wanted, the one guaranteed to keep him out of trouble and get him the medal he wanted in the 1,500 meters Monday afternoon. Then Celski allowed stuff to happen that would leave him sprawled against the protective mats at the Iceberg Skating Palace after finishing fourth. Maybe it was just the usual stuff in short-track speedskating, where having a lot of people trying to wedge their way into small spaces on a slippery surface often leads to collisions.
February 9, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard finished 10th in the women's 3,000 meters, an ending that pleased the 31-year-old Michigan native after an emotional journey the last couple of years. "I'm feeling pretty good now," Rookard said. "Compared to the last couple of years, I can't be upset at all. " Shortly before the 2010 Games, Rookard's mother died. She finished 12th in Vancouver, Canada, but was struggling with her mother's death. She also had depression and her race results declined.
December 29, 2013 |
Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, edging Brian Hansen at Kearns, Utah. The two-time defending Olympic champion won with a time of 1 minute 7.52 seconds in the next-to-last pair. Hansen came up just short in the final race, crossing the line in 1:07.53. But the most poignant performance was turned in by Jonathan Garcia , who was disqualified the previous day in the 500 for not wearing his timing transponders, after skating fast enough to make the Olympics.
November 12, 2013 |
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