SPEEDSKATING:Fredricks and Richardson Win 500m Bronze at Moscow ISU Long Track World Cup
Linda Jager
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January 29, 2011 12:12 PM
MOSCOW, Russia (January 29, 2011) - 2010 Olympians Tucker Fredricks (Janesville, WI) and Heather Richardson (High Point, N.C.) skated to bronze victories in today’s men’s and ladies’ 500m distance races at the Essent ISU World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Richardson posted a time of 38.53, in a close battle for third today,finishing just .003 seconds ahead of Annette Gerritsen (NED). Richardson was 0.52 seconds back from today’s distance winner and overall World Cup 500m distance leader Jenny Wolf (GER) finishing at 38.01. Following today’s race, Richardson sits fourth in overall World Cup rankings in the 500m.

Also competing in today’s 500m, 2010 Olympians Rebekah Bradford (Apple Valley, MN) finished 13th with a time of 39.33 and Lauren Cholewinski (York, S.C.) finished 15th at 39.43, Kelly Gunther (Clinton Township, MI) skated 41.02 to finish 25th.

“I just tried to stay relaxed in the 500, but in all honesty, all I could focus on was the 1500m that was going to come up really quick after the 500m," said Richardson.  "Her start was a little better today and that was enough to finish on the good side of a thousandth of a second to take the bronze," added U.S. Long Track Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro.

In the ladies’ 1500m, 2010 Olympian Jilleanne Rookard (Woodhaven, MI) posted a time of 1:59.56, 2.76 seconds back from current World Cup1500m distance leader Christine Nesbitt (CAN) finishing at 1:56.80. Rookard currently sits eighth in the overall rankings in the 1500m distance.

"Jilleanne was physically better today but just made some technical mistakes that cost her speed in the straightaways," said Shimabukuro.

Richardson finished 14th in today’s 1500m posting a time of 2:00.06. Bradford finished 12th in the ladies’ 1500m B division with a time of 2:07.25.

Fredricks, the 2007 and 2010 500m World Cup Champion, finished today’s distance at 35.06, 0.13 seconds back from Jan Smeekens (NED) posting a time of 34.93. Fredricks is currently ranked third in overall World Cup standings in the 500m.

"I've been focused on racing a little differently this entire year. I've been working on skating different lines on the track, trying different stroke tempos and also different technical points overall,” said Fredricks. “So far this season, it seems like it takes me the first day to figure things out and I skate much better the second day. So hopefully in the last two competitions of this season, I've learned enough and can apply it right away on the first race."

"Today, Tucker was much more aggressive through the whole race and it paid off with a place on the podium," added Shimabukuro.

U.S. teammate Joey Lindsey (Las Vegas, NV) finished fourth in the 500m B division with a time of 35.89, and 2010 Olympian Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, WI) finished seventh in the distance with a time of 36.23.

2010 Olympian Ryan Bedford (Midland, MI) skated the men’s 5000m A division today, posting a time of 6:38.95 and placing 14th. Bedford was 19.52 seconds back from today’s distance winner, and World Cup leader, Bob De Jong (NED) who set track record at 6:19.43.

Competition concludes tomorrow at 12:30 pm (MSK) with the men’s and ladies’ 1000m and Team Pursuit events. Live results will be available at http://live.isuresults.eu/2010-2011/moscow/  Fans are also invited to follow Team USA on Twitter (@USSpeedskating) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/USSpeedskating).

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