Speedskating US Olympic Trials 2014: Live Results for Men's and Women's 500m

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

Tucker Fredricks
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American speedskaters put it all on the line Saturday to qualify for the 500-meter sprint race. In many ways, this is as big as the Olympics, because skaters can't go to Sochi if they don't qualify in Salt Lake City.

For the women, Heather Richardson, Brittany Bowe, Lauren Cholewinski and Sugar Todd all made it. Richardson and Bowe dominated, and both have excellent chances to hit the medal stand in Sochi.

For the men, Tucker Fredricks, Mitchell Whitmore and Brian Hansen qualified, but there was controversy over the fourth and final spot.

Jonathan Garcia did not wear his timing transponders that are required, so he was edged out for fourth place by Shani Davis. Garcia will get another opportunity to race, and if he can beat out Davis, he will get the fourth spot on the team.

Davis is a much more accomplished skater in the longer distance races, so if Garcia beats him out it's not likely to cause a major problem. Davis is still going to be one of the headliners for the U.S. speedskating team whether he lands the fourth spot in the 500-meter race or not.