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US speed skaters seek end to Olympic slide

American skaters 0-for-4 in PyeongChang so far

With the U.S. speed skaters being shut out so far in PyeongChang, the next chance to break that streak will come with Wednesday's women's 1000m.

Racing for America in the event will be returning Olympians Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe and rookie Jerica Tandiman.

Bergsma, 28, of High Point, North Carolina, is the reigning world champion in the 1000m, but is seeking her first Olympic medal in her third Games. Earlier this week she finished eighth in the 1500m and will also compete in the newly added mass start in PyeongChang.

Bowe, a 29-year-old from Ocala, Florida, topped Bergsma in both the 500m and the 1500m at the U.S. Olympic team trials. Bowe is a three-time medalist in the 1000m at the world championships, winning gold in 2015 and bronze in 2013 and 2016.

Tandiman, a 23-year-old from Kearns, Utah, finished fourth in the 1000m at the U.S. Olympic team trials, but made the team since fellow Olympic rookie Mia Manganello did not have the required qualifying time in the event.

American speed skaters, including Bergsma and Bowe, were shut out four years ago in Sochi and are 0-for-4 in PyeongChang so far.

Dutch skaters have captured all four golds and eight of the 12 total medals awarded so far in long track speed skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Americans' best finish so far has come with Bowe's fifth-place finish Monday in the 1500m, with Bergsma finishing eighth in that event.


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