2014 Olympic Speedskating: Preview and Predictions for Women's 500-Meter Race

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2014 Olympic Speedskating: Preview and Predictions for Women's 500-Meter Race
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Korea's Lee Sang-hwa is back for another chance at Olympic gold.

When it comes to an exciting way to spend about 40 seconds of your life, you could do a lot worse than the women's 500-meter speedskating competition. 

It's exciting, quick and dramatic.

What more could you ask for?

The women's 500-meter race, unlike longer distances in speedskating, requires two heats. This setup ensures that each skater gets to race on both the inner and outer lanes—this distance is too short for changing—and corrects for the slight advantage given to the skater on the inner lane.

Times are added together to create an overall time, with the lowest times eventually securing medals.

In this event, there is literally no margin for error if you want to hit the podium.

This is your complete preview of the women's 500-meter speedskating event.

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