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Technique: Speedskating

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  • Who
    Heather Richardson
  • What
    Speedskating
  • When
    Competition starts Feb. 9

One thing Richardson has on her side heading into Sochi is momentum. She's both the reigning world sprint and World Cup champion in what she names her best event, the 1,000-meters. Now she's looking to become the first U.S. woman since 2002 to medal in long-track speedskating. Her winning strategy? Seize the lead early. "In the 500 meters, you can't recover from a bad start," she says. "In the 1,000, you have more room -- but not much." The 24-year-old champ explains how she gets off on the right track. -- Chris Gigley

Photograph by Tyler Gourley
  • Marissa Castelli, Simon Shnapir
  • Heather McPhie
  • Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton
  • Sarah Hendrickson
  • Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swishelm
  • Heather Richardson
  • Kelly Clark

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