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SSkating: Pechstein targets Olympic glory at 46

German speed skating icon Claudia Pechstein says she still has the appetite for top competition and is planning to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics when she will be 46. The East Berlin native is the most successful speed skater of all time with nine Olympic medals and recently competed at her sixth Games at Sochi where she finished fourth in the 3000 metres and fifth in the 5000m. "If I can stay in good health and in good physical shape, my objective is to be at the Olympic Games," the six-time world champion told German daily Thuringer Allgemeine.

Suits? Food? U.S. at a loss to explain woes

By Patrick Johnston SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The American speed skating team have leapt to the defense of their self proclaimed "fastest suit ever made" amid suggestions it is to blame for their lack of medals and could be ditched for the remainder of the Sochi Games. Twice Olympic champion Shani Davis did not wear the much lauded Under Armour suit, which underwent hours of wind tunnel analysis by aerospace contractors, during training on Friday as he went through preparations for Saturday's 1,500 meters race.

(Olympics) Speed skater Mo Tae-bum finishes 12th in men's 1,000 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Mo Tae-bum finished 12th in the men's 1,000 meters at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Mo finished the race in 1:09.37, coming up well short of winning his second straight Olympic medal in the distance. At the 2010 Vancouver Games, Mo won the silver medal behind Shani Davis of the United States. This time, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won the gold in 1:08.39, followed by Denny Morrison of Canada and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands.

(Olympics) Speed skater Mo Tae-bum finishes 12th in men's 1,000 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Mo Tae-bum finished 12th in the men's 1,000 meters at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Mo finished the race in 1:09.37, coming up well short of winning his second straight Olympic medal in the distance. At the 2010 Vancouver Games, Mo won the silver medal behind Shani Davis of the United States. This time, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won the gold in 1:08.39, followed by Denny Morrison of Canada and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands.

(Olympics) Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa poised for gold in women's 500 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa put herself in prime position to claim her second straight Olympic gold in the women's 500 meters after Tuesday's opening race at the Sochi Winter Games. Lee posted the fastest time in the first of the two races with 37.42 seconds, 0.15 second ahead of Olga Fatkulina of Russia. The next races will start at 6:34 p.m. here (11:34 p.m. in South Korea), and the combined time will determine the champion.

(Olympics) Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa poised for gold in women's 500 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa put herself in prime position to claim her second straight Olympic gold in the women's 500 meters after Tuesday's opening race at the Sochi Winter Games. Lee posted the fastest time in the first of the two races with 37.42 seconds, 0.15 second ahead of Olga Fatkulina of Russia. The next races will start at 6:34 p.m. here (11:34 p.m. in South Korea), and the combined time will determine the champion.

(Olympics) S. Koreans well out of contention in women's speed skating

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- Three South Korean speed skaters finished well out of contention in the women's 3,000 meters on Sunday at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Kim Bo-reum, Noh Seon-yeong and Yang Shin-young fell short of the medalists at Adler Arena Skating Center, as South Korea had another futile day on the oval. On Saturday, Lee Seung-hoon, silver medalist in the men's 5,000m at the previous Olympics, finished a disappointing 12th in the same event.

S. Korean speed skater Mo wins gold in men's 1,000-meter World Cup race

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Mo Tae-bum won gold in the 1,000-meter World Cup speed staking race in Berlin, brightening his prospects for next year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Mo, who won gold in the men's 500-meter and silver in the 1,000-meter races at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, finished at 1:09:50 in the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup series in Berlin on Saturday (local time), ahead of runner-up Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who clocked a time of 1:09:52. Shani Davis of the United States came third with a time of 1:09:59.

Speed skating: Bowe breaks women's 1,000m world record

American Brittany Bowe clocked a world record of 1min 12.58sec to win the women's 1,000m Sunday on the final day of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup stop at Salt Lake City. Bowe lowered the previous record of 1:12.68 set by Canadian Christine Nesbitt in Calgary on January 28, 2012. American Heather Richardson's second-place time of 1:12.61 was also inside the previous mark. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands was third in 1:13.33. Bowe's record was just the latest in a spate of world marks in Utah this weekend.

Speed Skating: Korean Lee, Dutch team break own world records

South Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa broke the women's world 500-meter record Saturday for the third time in eight days to win an ISU World Cup Speed Skating race. The Dutch men's team pursuit squad also broke their own world record on the second day of the three-day competition at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Oval. Reigning Olympic and world champion Lee, racing in the last heat, crossed the finish line in 36.36 seconds, breaking the mark of 36.57 she set Friday in winning a 500m World Cup race on the same ice.
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