The U.S. has a chance to notch a speed skating medal at the women’s 500m kicks off at 7:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
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The general feeling is that Lee Sang-hwa is a heavy favorite in the event. The South Korean speed skater is a world-record holder and seems to be quite a bit ahead of the pack (at least on paper).
Again, a U.S. skater might just make the podium, as Heather Richardson has a nice chance of grabbing a medal. That would be qutie the accomplishment as a women’s speed skater hasn’t won a medal for the U.S. since 2002 (a historic Olympics for the country’s program).
Brittany Bowe is another U.S. name to watch.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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