Hesse’s Olympic dream ends abruptly with DQ

Judith Hesse can't believe she is out of her 500-meter speed skating heat after an arm flinch.


Robert Cianflone

Judith Hesse is out of her event without even getting a turn. All because of a little flinch.

The German speedskater, competing in her third Olympics, was disqualified from the women’s 500 meter event after being flagged for a pair of false starts in her heat against Miyako Sumiyoshi. Sumiyoshi skated the heat alone after the DQ.

The DQ came because of a barely noticeable arm-flinch as they waited for the starting gun to sound.

The race was set to be Hesse’s only event.

There were some rallying cries in Hesse’s defense after her ouster:

South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa won gold in the event, while Sumiyoshi wound up 14th, more than two seconds behind Sang-hwa.