Speed skating: U.S. miss out on medals again

Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:24pm EST
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By Julian Linden

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - New suit, same result. For the United States, the speed skating competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics cannot finish soon enough.

After eight events, the highly-touted American team is yet to win a single medal and time is running out.

With just four races left, the once-unthinkable prospect of going home empty-handed is now looming as a real possibility.

On Sunday, three Americans were entered in the women's 1,500 meters and all three bombed out.

Heather Richardson, who won the sprint at last year's world championship, was the best of the trio, coming seventh, crossing the line more than four seconds behind the winner, Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands.

Brittany Bowe, the world record holder for 1000m, finished 14th and Jilleanne Rookard, the oldest of the three Americans, could only manage 18th.

It has been a familiar pattern at the Adler Arena although Sunday's results did at least confirm one thing.

The high-tech Under Armour suits that the team wore during the first week of competition could not blamed for Sunday's results.   Continued...

Jilleanne Rookard of the U.S. waits to compete in the women's 1,500 metres speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble