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