Richardson Takes Gold and Bronze for US Speedskating on Day 1 of World Cup #4

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US Speedskating Athletes - Heather Richardson and Tucker Fredricks - earn medals on Day 1 of World Cup #4 in Nagano, Japan.

It was a tremendous start to the Essent ISU World Cup for Team USA, with three medals on the opening day. Heather Richardson added two medals to her season total of three, winning a Gold in the 1000m--and setting a track record for this distance (1:15.24)--and a Bronze in the 500m (38.01). Tucker Fredricks won his first World Cup medal of the season in the A Group, taking the Bronze in the 500m with a time of 35.10.

"After her performances in Heerenveen three weeks ago, it's great to see that she's able to continue her consistency here in Nagano," said Long Track National Sprint Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro on Richardson's wins. "And to get the 1000m track record was just icing on the cake."

On Fredricks' performance, Shimabukuro added, "Tucker has really battled back over the past month to build momentum in his skating. He's starting to find his racing technique again which is allowing him to start to feel more comfortable at top speed."

Sugar Todd, skating in her first World Cup season, continues to prove she's someone to watch, posting her best-ever World Cup performance with a third place finish in the B Group in the ladies 500m (39.11).

Here is a recap of the rest of Team USA's results from day one:

Ladies 500m (A)

  • Brittany Bowe / 11 / 38.60
  • Lauren Cholewinski / 19 / 39.22

Mens 500 (B)

  • Mitch Whitmore / 9 / 35.84
  • Jonathan Garcia / 22 / 36.46

Ladies 1000m (A)

  • Brittany Bowe / 6 / 1:16.28

Mens 1000m (A)

  • Jonathan Garcia / 13 / 1:11.38
  • Shani Davis / DQ

Ladies 1000m (B)

  • Sugar Todd / 10 / 1:19.85

Men 1000m (B)

  • Mitch Whitmore / 8 / 1:11.41

The final day of racing begins this evening at 6:00 pm MST. For complete results from day one and to follow results live throughout the weekend, visit http://live.isuresults.eu/2012-2013/nagano/. You can also follow Team USA on the US Speedskating Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/usspeedskating) or Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/usspeedskating).

Flash Quotes from Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro

Brittany Bowe 1000m: "Brit's 1000m today shows that she's continuing to improve, and being only about a tenth from the podium today with mistakes on both turns on the first lap demonstrates that she'll be there soon."

Sugar Todd 500m B: "It's always nice to see a skater stand on their first international podium. I'm so happy for Sugar because we worked on changing some technical points in her turns this week, and she was already able to apply them in today's races."

Shani Davis 1000m DQ: "It's obviously disappointing to get DQ'd but his finishing time showed that he's coming back from his injury which kept him out of the first world cup this season. I expect a much different result tomorrow."

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