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HEATHER RICHARDSON
Sport Discipline: Long Track
2014 Olympic Events: 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m
Height: 5-10
Weight: 155
DOB: 3/20/89
Birthplace: High Point, N.C.
Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: High Point Central High School (High Point, N.C.) '07
Coach(es): Ryan Shimabukuro
ROAD TO SOCHI
After earning a pair of top-10 finishes at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Richardson has her eyes set on the podium in Sochi. The 2013 world sprint champion had a stellar 2012-13 season, setting three national records and claiming the overall world cup title in the 1,000-meter. Making her second Olympic apperance, she is poised to become the first U.S. women’s long track speedskater to win an Olympic medal since 2002.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 6th (500m), 9th (1,000m) 16th (1,500m)
  • 2014 World Sprint Championships, gold (1,000m), bronze (overall)
  • 2013-14 Berlin World Cup, gold (1,000m)
  • 2013-14 Astana World Cup, gold (1,000m)
  • 2013-14 Salt Lake City World Cup, silver (1,000m), bronze (1,500m)
  • 2013-14 Calgary World Cup, gold (1,000m, 1,500m)
  • 2013 World Single Distance Championships, 6th (500m, 1,000m)
  • 2013 World Sprint Championships, gold (1,000m), 4th (500m)
  • 2012-13 World Cup standings, 1st (1,000m), 5th (500m)
  • 2012 World Single Distance Championships, bronze (500m), 4th (1,000m)
  • 2012 World Sprint Championships, 5th (1,000m), 7th (500m)
  • 2012 World Cup standings, 2nd (1,000m), 9th (500m)
  • 2011 World Single Distance Championships, bronze (1,000m)
  • 2010-11 World Cup standings, 1st (1,000m)
  • 13-time world cup 500m medalist (5 silvers, 8 bronzes)
  • 21-time world cup 1,000m medalist (12 golds, 8 silvers, 1 bronze)
  • 36-time world cup medalist (12 golds, 13 silvers, 11 bronzes)
  • Two-time national sprint champion (2012-13)
  • World record-holder (sprint points)
  • American record-holder (500m, 1,000m, 1,500m)
PERSONAL
Daughter of Jeff and Pat Richardson…Parents are former speedskaters…Has one sister, Holly…Hobbies include biking, listening to country music, and playing volleyball and softball.
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