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 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.
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 10, 2006 |
In his way, U.S. speedskater Chad Hedrick is as rebellious and outspoken as skier Bode Miller. Hedrick has butted heads with his national sports federation and chosen to accept unapproved sponsorship money. And he likes his play time. He made a snap decision to switch from inline roller skating to speedskating on ice while sitting in a Las Vegas casino. Sometimes he's late for practice because he's, um, tired from the night before. Hedrick makes bold statements.
February 19, 1995 |
Home-ice advantage gave five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair an insurmountable edge Saturday--and it furthered Christine Witty's efforts to make a name for herself. Blair, who trains with Witty at the Pettit National Ice Center, opened defense of her world sprint speedskating title by setting track records in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter races.
February 10, 1994 |
Another Winter Olympics, another gold medal or two for Bonnie Blair? Another Winter Olympics, another 16 days of despair for Dan Jansen? History leads us to wonder if that again will be the theme for U.S. speedskaters in the competition at Hamar's Olympic Hall, a unique indoor arena designed to resemble an overturned Viking ship. But although their Olympic moments could not be more different, both Blair and Jansen are determined not to dwell on the past.