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February 9, 2002
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February 24, 2006
The United States' Chad Hedrick is the world-record holder at this distance and has a shot at a third medal, in addition to his gold and bronze, but will be challenged by Dutch skaters Carl Verheijen and Sven Kramer. Lasse Saetre of Norway is another contender, as is Enrico Fabris of Italy, who has emerged as a star of these Games with two gold medals and a bronze.
February 13, 2006 | Bill Shaikin
Casey FitzRandolph will defend the gold medal he won at Salt Lake City, but Joey Cheek has had a better winter season and ranks as the top U.S. contender at 500 meters. Joji Kato of Japan and Dmitry Dorofeyev of Russia should battle Cheek for the gold. Chad Hedrick, trying to match Eric Heiden's record of five speedskating gold medals, is not entered in today's event. -- Bill Shaikin
February 18, 2006
Four years ago, a late crash robbed U.S. skater Apolo Anton Ohno of a gold medal in his best event, the 1,000-meter race. Is 2006 his time to claim gold? Ohno is likely to be challenged by South Koreans Hyun-Soo Ahn and Ho-Suk Lee, the gold and silver medalists in the 1,500 at Turin.
February 18, 2006 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
If there is bad blood between American speedskaters Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis, neither is saying much about it. The reserved Davis has been complimentary toward his teammate, and Hedrick, the abrupt Texan, has said, "I don't have any problem with Shani." Still, their much-anticipated showdown in the 1,000 meters tonight has all the earmarks of a grudge match.
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 14, 2006
Chris Witty, who carried the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony, carries U.S. hopes into this event. She'll be a dark horse, however, amid such favorites as China's Wang Manli, the world champion in 2004 and 2005, Germany's Jenny Wolf, China's Wang Beixing and Russia's Svetlana Zhurova.
February 16, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Chad Hedrick's quest for five gold medals came to a screeching stop Wednesday night when the U.S. men's speedskating team was eliminated in the quarterfinals of team pursuit, a new and quirky Olympic event, by an Italian squad spurred on by an enthusiastic home crowd. Skating without Shani Davis, the world-record holder in the 1,000 meters, the U.S. turned to Hedrick, Charles Ryan Leveille and KC Boutiette.
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