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February 1, 1998
Speed skating has been part of the Winter Olympics since the first Games were held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc in 1924. Originally only men competed, but women's events began in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Speedskating features two competitors going head-to-head, counterclockwise, on a 400-meter track in heats called pairs. People to Watch Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen have retired. As a result, the United States has only one realistic chance for a gold medal.
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February 23, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia -- The failure of U.S. skaters to win a medal in long-track speedskating in Russia came on the heels of one of the country's most successful World Cup seasons in years, with 28 medals. How did it all go so wrong? The U.S. Olympic Committee already has promised a thorough investigation, though it also had made clear its support for its partnership with Under Armour and extended its contract through the 2022 Games. U.S. speedskating officials said they will wait for a full analysis.
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February 20, 2010 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In an upset, Shani Davis, the reigning world champion and world-record holder in the men's 1,500-meter long-track speedskating, won the silver medal, not the gold, in that event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Saturday. The gold medal went to Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands with a time of 1:45.57. Davis finished with a time of 1:46.10. He set the world record in December in Salt Lake City with a time of 1:41.04. It is the first time an American has won medals in consecutive Olympics in the men's 1,500 meters.
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February 22, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - As the Dutch closed a record-setting Olympics in speedskating, the U.S. team could take solace in that they could lose no more races. "My skating's been very frustrating, so it's nice to realize that it's just skating and there's a lot of other stuff to look forward to in life and to put this behind me," said Jonathan Kuck, 23, who plans to retire. "So, in that sense it is nice to be done with it. " Dutch long-track speedskaters finished with 23 medals - including a record eighth gold after Dutch men and women each won the team pursuit Saturday.
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February 17, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Early Tuesday morning under a sunny sky, Shani Davis hopped a fence across the street from the Richmond Olympic Oval, striding inside for the required round of drug testing while once again on the eve of history. No man has won two gold medals in the 1,000-meter long-track speedskating event, and Wednesday, Davis has the chance to do just that. But there is an ancillary challenge too, in the uncomfortable irony that the staunchly independent, self-professed solo entity will skate to rescue a team.
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February 27, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
By midday Thursday, reality consumed speedskater Jen Rodriguez. Relative improvement, not medals, measured success in these Olympics. In Friday's team pursuit, the U.S. women were set to face Canada, the top-ranked team in the world. "If we can get out of the first round, we may have a chance to do something good," the four-time Olympian said as she left the ice. "It's going to be extremely tough." Maybe it's only when the gung-ho platitudes subside that the unlikely occurs.
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February 9, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia -- It's never easy being the youngest. But what if you had to live up to the standards of your much older and established sibling and do it while sharing your room with someone you had little in common with? Then you might have a sense of what it is like to be short-track speedskating at the Olympics. When short track begins Monday in only its seventh Games, it does so with a bit of second-class-citizen status to speedskating, the sport's traditional discipline.
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February 14, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Athletes can get a little intense at the Olympics. For most, after all, it is their big shot. Then there's KC Boutiette. His hair is one color, his beard and mustache another, and neither is what he was born with. He has a stud in his tongue, a little circle earring in one ear and two of them in the other. Most people would not take him for an athlete. Most people would be wrong.
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February 23, 2002 | Diane Pucin
A Mexican American man, a Cuban American woman, a Japanese American man, an African American woman, these have been our Olympic heroes. Derek Parra, dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes brimming with tears and singing the words to the U.S. national anthem, a young man from San Bernardino wins a speedskating gold medal and you can be sure that right now, today, there are little boys in Milwaukee and Duluth, in Palm Springs, Fla., and Palm Springs, Calif.,...
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February 22, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Clapskates apparently are here to stay. Ottavio Cinquanta of Italy, head of the International Skating Union, said at a news conference that he did not view the innovative skates used in speedskating as mechanical and backed their continued use. The skates have been controversial since the Dutch introduced them last season, both because they were considered mechanical aids and because they were not available to everyone.
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February 19, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Just about every speedskater at the Olympics has been asked about the United States' stunning inability to win a medal. Questions typically touch upon the controversial race suits the skaters swapped mid-competition. But U.S. speedskater Maria Lamb didn't race until the women's 5,000 on Wednesday, the last individual competition. She finished 16th. "I know we're all capable of so much more than these Games have shown," the three-time Olympian said. "To have to watch [my teammates]
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February 17, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
The saddest spot for a U.S. Olympian here is six feet under the ice, in a basement buffeted by heat and hindsight. The saddest spot is the cramped cavern into which the celebrated U.S speedskaters have trudged to meet the media after each of their eight events. The team is 0 for 8. It has won zero medals. It has not finished better than seventh place. It is one of the biggest debacles for an established American powerhouse in more than a generation. The press pit is an awkward proposition under the best of circumstances for small-sport athletes, but the mounting controversy over the bizarre struggles has further widened the speedskaters' eyes and backed them up, and finally, Sunday night, something snapped.
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February 16, 2014 | Jared S. Hopkins
The suits showed up. The racers in them did not. When U.S. speedskaters took the ice Saturday in the men's 1,500 meters, they wore racing suits by Under Armour made for their successful World Cup season. Gone were the Mach 39 suits Under Armour debuted for these Games, the ones that had come to symbolize American futility. But the day ended as every day in Sochi has since the opening ceremony: no U.S. skaters on the podium at Adler Arena. Brian Hansen finished seventh and Shani Davis -- who took silver in the 1,500 the last two Games -- was 11th.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Short-track speedskater Emily Scott was knocked down in the women's 1,500-meter final Saturday as U.S. skaters again fell short of the podium. Scott, 24, took an early lead, but about halfway through the race Korea's Kim Alang wiped out and sent the Springfield, Mo., native into the pads at Iceberg Skating Palace. Scott finished in fifth. "I saw her out of the corner of my eye going down so there was nothing I could do at that point," Scott said. Scott had advanced to the final after Korea's Cho Ha-Ri was penalized in the semifinal.
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February 15, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Shani Davis understands. He is saying hello just when he might be saying goodbye. In his fourth Olympics, Davis knows he finally has the attention of an American public that pays attention to his sport only a week or two every four years. So it pains the 31-year-old from Chicago that they are not seeing Shani Davis the champion, the skater who has won Olympic titles, world titles and a zillion World Cup races, the skater who long has been an icon in Europe, especially the Netherlands.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
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.
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February 11, 2010 | Staff Reports
Luge athlete and five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette of Muskegon, Mich., has been chosen to carry the U.S. flag into the Olympic opening ceremony Friday at BC Place. The honor is traditionally reserved for someone who has persevered through hardship or shown extreme dedication, and that applies to Grimmette in a sport that doesn't usually bring athletes great endorsement contracts or fame. Grimmette, 39, is the all-time leader in medals among American lugers with 65, and he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games and a silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, both in men's doubles.
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February 28, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
When speedskaters Brian Hansen, Jonathan Kuck and Chad Hedrick finished the team pursuit "A" final early Saturday afternoon, they could pat themselves on the back for winning a silver medal and officially start the U.S. chest-thumping for making history. Theirs was the 35th medal for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics, one more than its record 34 at Salt Lake City in 2002. Steve Holcomb's four-man bobsled team added another later Saturday, the first U.S. gold in the sport since 1948.
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February 14, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best bets for Saturday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: MEN'S HOCKEY The Cold War is long over and the Miracle on Ice is a distant memory, but there is still considerable excitement for the U.S. and Russia playing hockey. The gold-medal game is expected to come from either of these teams and Canada. The U.S. is sticking with Jonathan Quick in goal. MEN'S SPEEDSKATING The U.S. team is shockingly without a medal in these Games and currently embroiled in a controversy over whether the new suits are the reason for their poor performance.
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