March 11, 2001 |
Chris Witty might want to be a little more careful about what she wishes for. Witty, the most decorated speedskater on the U.S. team, said three days ago that she preferred not being in the Olympic favorite's position, a spot she had reassumed after setting a world record in the 1,000 meters last weekend in Calgary. She hadn't handled that pressure well at the last Olympics, winning a silver medal while expected to get gold.
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 |
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 |
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.