Speedskating: Richardson beats Bowe in 1500m trials; both Sochi bound
Heather Richardson made it 3-for-3 over friendly rival Brittany
Bowe at the U.S. speedskating trials, winning the 1,500 meters
Richardson crossed the line in 1 minute, 54.19 seconds at the
Utah Olympic Oval. Bowe was second in 1:54.96, while Jilleanne
Rookard claimed the third spot on the Olympic team in 1:57.70.
Richardson and Bowe also went 1-2 in the 500 and 1,000, meaning
they will compete in all three events at Sochi. Both are considered
leading medal contenders.
Rookard locked up her second Olympic event, having previously
qualified with a win in the 3,000.
Theresa Cliff-Ryan dropped out of the 1,500 after being injured
the previous day in a training mishap. She sustained a concussion
and several broken teeth when struck on the sideline by a crashing