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High Point's Richardson takes 8th in 500m

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Heather Richardson of the United States, who grew up in High Point, did not medal Tuesday in the women's 500-meter skate in the Olympics.

Lee Sang Hwa won the gold with a blistering performance, skating an Olympic record 37.27 in her second run for a total, also a record, of 74.70 in her two runs.

Richardson, skating toward the end of the first heat, used her long strides and smooth,flailing arms to finish 500 meters in 37.73 seconds. But her time in the second run was only 38.02 and she fell to eighth with a total of 75.75.

Korea's Lee was considered the gold medal favorite and showed why with a powerful skat that dominated the field.

Russia's Olga Fatkulina took the silver at 75.06 and Margot Boer of The Netherlands was third at 75.48.

Richardson is considered one of America's top hopes in the skating events. She was sixth in the 500 meters in Vancouver.

Richardson's mother planned all along to be at the Games, but her father was not planning to be at the event. However, a group of High Point businessmen rallied to raise money to send her father to Sochi at the last minute.

 

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