Richardson is Golden on the Final Day of Opening World Cup

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Heather Richardson and Tucker Fredericks skate their way into the A division.

I was really nervous going into the 1000m today so I wasn't sure what to expect.

On the third and final day of competition at the Essent ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Heather Richardson closed out the weekend in style, winning a gold medal in the 1000m race (1:15.27). It was her third medal of the weekend.

"I was really nervous going into the 1000m today so I wasn't sure what to expect," said Richardson on her win. "I think I can improve on some things so I'm really excited going into the World Cup in Nagano, Japan."

Richardson's coach, Ryan Shimabukuro, National Long Track Sprint Head Coach was equally pleased with her performance this weekend.

"It was an impressive start to the season for Heather, and it's satisfying to know that the things we've been doing is producing the results we're aiming for,' he said. "There are still areas of improvement which is promising, but this has been a good check point for our training program."

Based on their results this weekend, both Brittany Bowe and Tucker Fredricks were promoted from the B to the A division. Fredricks finished 2nd in the 500m (B) today. Bowe, who skated in the 1000m (A) group today after her performance in the 500m (B) yesterday, skated to 6th place with a time of 1:16.52.

"I'm happy I could make it out of Division B this weekend and I'm looking forward to competing in Nagano," said Fredricks.

Coach Shimabukuro had this to say on Fredricks' performance today. "It's been tough six weeks for Tucker but he's slowly getting his racing technique back. Obviously, starting off the season in Division B for a skater of his calibre isn't ideal, but he made the most of it and accomplished our goal of getting promoted to Division A for Nagano," he said. "He showed true composure today after having to re-skate his 500m only 15 minutes after his Korean pair fell into him at about 150 meters into the first race."

Here are the rest of the results for Team USA from today:

In the men's 1500m (A), Brian Hansen was 6th (1:46.98), Jonathan Garcia was 19th (1:50.14) and Trevor Mariscano was 20th (1:51.02).

For the ladies 1000m (B), Sugar Todd was 13th (1:20.02) and Lauren Cholewinski was 18th (1:21.10).

In the men's Mass Start, Jonathan Garcia 14th (10:26.52) followed by Patrick Meek in 16th place (10:28.98).

Next stop for Long Track is Kolomna, Russia, for World Cup #2, from November 24-25. The distance skaters will take the ice in the 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and Mass Start. The sprinters head to Nagano, Japan, December 8-9.

The short track athletes head to Nagoya, Japan, on November 30-December 2 for the Samsung ISU World Cup.

For complete results from today's competition, visit

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