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Reutter wins Short Track  - Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, Monday, December 22, 2008 - Katherine Reutter fought off the residuals of Saturday's spill to successfully defend her title in the U.S. Short Track Championships on the final day of competition Sunday at Hardee's Iceplex. After being disqualified in the 500 meters Saturday, she dropped to second place, nearly 500 points behind Kimberly Derrick of Caledonia, Mich.

"I was really stressed about that," Reutter said. "I knew I couldn't afford even second place today."

The race for the women's title tightened in the 1,000 meters when Reutter edged Derrick, winning in 1 minute, 32.885 seconds. Reutter tucked into second at the start and stayed there through seven of the nine laps, then moved on the inside past Derrick and held her off for the final two laps. Reutter regained the lead with a victory in the 3,000 meters in 5:08.576. She smartly picked up an extra 150 points for being the leader on the ninth lap of the 27-lap race, a carrot that race organizers include as incentive to keep the pace lively for the longest of the meet's individual events. She took the lead for keeps with four laps remaining, slipping past two-time Olympian Allison Baver on the inside, then holding off Baver and Derrick, in that order.




















PARK CITY, Utah—The U.S. men’s skeleton team responded to Katie Uhlaender’s silver medal performance this morning by claiming the gold and silver medals in today’s competition at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. Defending World Cup Champion Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) claimed the gold, with teammate Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) twenty-five hundredths of a second behind for the silver medal.

“This really helped my momentum to get back on top,” Lund said. “It feels great to have this victory on my home track with my friends and family here to support me.”

Lund rebounded after a disappointing 11th place finish last week by winning the gold medal on his home track today.

“Last week I wasn’t in the right frame of mind,” Lund said. “I was able to make adjustments this week, and one thing I’ve learned over the years is how to not let mistakes keep me from coming back.”

Zach blasted out a first place run of 48.87 in the first heat after pushing a 4.84, just 0.23 seconds ahead of teammate Bernotas. Bernotas pushed an identical 4.84 start to finish the first heat with a time of 49.10 seconds.

A steady snow began to fall during the second heat, causing unpredictable runs for the sliders. Despite the inconsistent conditions, Lund and Bernotas maintained their first and second positions to claim the top two spots on the medal stand.

“Zach, Caleb and I pushed each other all week, and it paid off,” Bernotas said. “Unfortunately, the snow may have played a role in some of the people’s down times today, but you’ve got to stay focused, and do what you need to do.”

Bernotas stopped the clock in one minute, 38.41 seconds after a second run time of 49.56 for the silver medal. Lund slid a second run time of 49.54 for a total of 1:38.41 to claim the gold medal on his home track.

“Zach showed that he can slide well on this track, and the he is the best,” Bernotas said. “I’m happy for him.”

Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished in 16th place today after runs of 49.39 and 50.34 for a total time of 1:39.73.

“There’s not much you can do when conditions are like this,” Smith said. “Next week we’ll be in Lake Placid. Bring it baby.”

The U.S. skeleton team will compete in Lake Placid, N.Y. next Friday, Dec. 14th for the third World Cup stop of the 2007-08 season.

For complete results of today’s race, visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Fédération International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT).

1. Zach Lund (USA) 1:38.41 (48.87, 49.54); 2. Eric Bernotas (USA) 1:38.66 (49.10, 49.56); 3. Anthony Sawyer (GBR) 1:38.70 (49.13, 49.57);…16. Caleb Smith (USA) 1:39.73 (49.39, 50.34);

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation

The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Columbia Sportswear Company, Speedo, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Lumber Liquidators and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.





The entire hearing can be watched online at: (http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov).

Cheek will discuss his Olympic experiences, his travels to the region and his ongoing efforts to end the crisis in Darfur. To follow are Joey Cheek's opening remarks:

"It is my sincere privilege to address this august committee. I would
like to thank the Chairman, Congressman Tierney, all of the members
and the congressional staff for extending the invitation to speak on
my experiences as an Olympic athlete and a concerned citizen who
continues to fight for the protection of the millions of innocent
civilians residing in Darfur, Sudan.

I would like to thank the committee for calling this hearing and for
drawing attention to the crisis in Darfur as well as exploring options
that we Olympians have for positively motivating the international
community to swiftly and effectively improve the lives of the millions
that are suffering.

Throughout my life I have been incredibly blessed. After years of
hard work, training, exhaustive preparations, and the sacrifice of my
family, friends, and community, I have had the privilege to compete in
two Olympic Games representing the United States as Speedskater. From
those two competitions I brought home three medals, a bronze medal in
the 2002 Olympic Games and gold and silver medals in the 2006 Olympic
Games in Turin, Italy.

Winning Olympic medals is a great personal thrill, but I brought home
lessons and experiences from those two games that I participated in
that are worth much more than mere athletic awards. These lessons are
best illustrated by a story that I feel encapsulates the true spirit
of Olympic competition and goes strait to the heart of the crisis in
Darfur that we are addressing here today.

Within the Olympic Village, an area only a handful of people
throughout the world are ever permitted to see, the greatest athletes
on Earth live and complete their final preparations for the most
important competition of their lives. Success means immortality in
the annuls of Olympic history and falling short of the goal of
athletic perfection means that although your name may not be mentioned
alongside the greats, you are still part of a rarefied club, the
holder of a shared experience of excellence. The media loves to tout
this aspect of the games: the thrill of victory, that agony of defeat.
However seeing only the competitive part alone shows a tiny fraction
of the true beauty of the Olympic Games.

I believe that the true Olympic Spirit can be demonstrated by this
example: Inside the Village all of the athletes eat together. I know
that may seem trivial, but as you walk inside the dining hall your
gaze drifts up to the rafters where all of the flags of the competing
nations hang then drifts back down to the long tables where all of the
athletes proudly wear the colors of their nations draped on their
backs the true glory of this otherwise ordinary act is played out.
Athletes from the Americas sit and break bread next to athletes from
Africa. The athletes from the many nations of Europe, whose
grandfathers lives were devastated by a war that encompassed the
world, now laugh and embrace each other like brothers inside this
shared space. It was in this enclave that I realized that I may have
more in common with an athlete born in communist China, through our
shared love of our sport and experience on the field of play, than I
have with some of my own native born countrymen. This is the true
magnificence of the Olympic Games. We can fight like hell on the
athletic field and return to live in peace.

It was with this spirit in mind that I made a decision that has
altered the course of my life. After winning a gold and silver medal
in the 2006 Olympic Games I donated all of the money I received as a
medal bonus, $40,000, to an organization to aid refugees from the
region of Darfur. I have been asked many times why I choose that
conflict at that time and my answer is simple. I believed that no
where else on earth was there a crisis affecting so many people that
had such an inverse level of international attention and power focused
on bringing it to an end. Although the level of attention focused on
this conflict has improved over the last sixteen months or so since I
made this announcement, there are still thousands of people being
killed or raped and millions more who have been driven from their

I have spent the last year as an unofficial ambassador of sorts,
traveling the country educating young people on the crisis and what
they can do to help end it, and traveling the world speaking with
leaders in other countries imploring them to do more. Just a few
months ago I traveled to Chad, where I visited refugee camps populated
by tens of thousands of Darfuri citizens and heard firsthand of the
tales of systemic murder, rape, villages being razed to the ground,
and families being forced to flee for their lives. The images from
those camps continue to haunt me. I am filled with rage when I think
of the level of depravity to which some people can sink. Complacency
in the face of such evil is indeed very hard to justify. It is, in
fact, the opposite of what the Olympics were created to celebrate,
which is why this topic is so relevant here today.

As the glow of games in Turin fade the light of a new games begins to
shine. China, the most populated (???) nation on earth will be
hosting the grandest sporting event on earth, the 2008 summer
Olympics. China, with its economy growing faster than almost any
other nation, looks at these games as their coronation on the worlds
stage, proving that they are indeed a force that will shape history in
this century. By hosting an Olympic Games, a nation becomes the torch
bearer for the Olympic ideals, as well as the host of a sporting
event. In this crisis China plays an especially important role
because it is the top economic partner of Sudan. China purchases two
thirds of Sudan's oil exports, China has invested hundreds of millions
of dollars in Sudan's economy and China sits on the UN Security
council wielding veto power over any international effort to protect
innocents in darfur from these murderous elements. By hosting an
event that professes peace over conflict, China has laid claim to a
higher moral ground. It is now up to them to fulfill that obligation.

China is not alone however, as the sole bearer of the Olympic ideal
that all citizens are entitled to the rights of a safe and protected
life. Every nation completing in these games has an obligation to
fight the injustice of mass atrocities. That is why I have formed a
new organization, an international coalition of athletes, titled
"Where Will We B?". I seek over the next year to bring in athletes
not just from the United States, but every country in the world
competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to stand up and say that we
believe that the Olympic games should be more than just a sporting
competition. We believe that no matter what nation in which you were
born you deserve the same chance to fulfill their dreams as the great
athletes competing at the Olympics. We believe that China, as host
nation and a nation with extraordinary leverage, should take a
leadership role in ending the atrocities for the people of Darfur.
And we believe, that as athletes, we are leaders and role models in
our community, and we will do all that we can to make all people aware
of this crisis and that it can be stopped.

Thank you again to all the members of this committee and thank you for
giving me the opportunity to speak about what makes my Olympic
experience truly meaningful. Thank your for hosting a hearing on this
critical issue, which could ultimately mean the difference of life and
death for millions of people. I know that the eyes of the world will
be on Beijing on 8-8-08, but I implore all of us to wonder where the
citizens of Darfur will be at that time. Thank You."




PARK CITY, Utah- Current World Cup leader Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and World Cup slider Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) each won their fourth U.S. Skeleton National Championship title this morning at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.  Snowing consistently throughout the day, six inches covered the ground causing slow start times in the first heat.

Uhlaender and 2005 World Cup Champion Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) were tied in the first heat with a time of 54.02, making the second run a race for the title.  Pikus-Pace slid a second run of 52.78, for a total of 1:46.80. Uhlaender finished her second run with a 52.43, giving her a combined time of 1:46.45, winning the title by 0.35 seconds over a 16 competitor women's field.

In third was Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) with a 1:48.04 (54.88, 53.16), with World Cup slider Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho) in fourth with a 1:48.21 (55.19, 53.02). 

On the men's side, Bernotas won the competition with a combined time of 1:42.80 (51.71, 51.09), easily finishing in first place with a 0.39 second lead over the 17 competitors in the men's field.  Despite the snowy conditions, Bernotas was able to find a clear line down the track to claim the title.

"First run I knew I had to go with it, be smart, and take a chance.  It worked out for me, " Bernotas said.  "I had great vision on the second run, and I was able to see where I needed to go."

Finishing in second with a total of 1:43.19 (52.19, 51.00) was current World Cup leader Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah), who won the gold medal in the Park City World Cup in December.  America's Cup slider Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) won a bronze medal with times of 51.08 and 51.78 for a combined time of 1:43.58. 

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) had two fourth-place runs of 52.78 and 51.78 for a total of 1:44.55, earning him a fourth place finish in the competition.  In fifth was Adam Donahoo (Sandy, Utah) with a 1:44.71 (52.84, 51.87).  Rounding out the top six was World Cup slider Chris Hedquist (Salt Lake City, Utah), with a combined time of 1:44.94 (53.47, 51.47).


1. Katie Uhlaender 1:46.45 (54.02, 52.43); 2. Noelle Pikus-Pace 1:46.80 (54.02, 52.78); 3. Rebecca Sorensen 1:48.04 (54.88, 53.16); 4. Courtney Yamada 1:48.21 (55.19, 53.02); 5. Annie O'Shea 1:48.64 (55.56, 53.08); 6. Keslie Tomlinson 1:48.75 (54.44, 54.31); 7. Katie Koczynski (Nyack, N.Y.) 1:49.09 (55.35, 55.74); 8. Linda Cise (Indianapolis, Ind.) 1:49.39 (55.52, 53.87); 9. Jessica Palmer (Roy, Utah) 1:49.52 (55.31, 54.21); 10. Leah Ford (Sterling, N.Y.) 1:49.61 (54.95, 54.66); 11. Felicia Canfield (Park City, Utah) 1:50.05 (55.44, 54.62); 12. Cassie Revelli 1:50.70 (56.35, 54.35); 13. Kimber Gabrysak (Park City, Utah) 1:52.10 (57.10, 55.00); 14. Sarah Moffit (Park City, Utah) 1:52.96 (57.61, 55.35); 15. Joan Andrews (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1:54.76 (59.00, 55.76); 16. Angie Stakus (Mendon, Mass.), 1:58.03 (1:00.58, 57.45);

1. Eric Bernotas 1:42.80 (51.71, 51.09); 2. Zach Lund 1:43.19 (52.19, 51.00); 3. Matt Antoine  1:43.58 (51.80, 51.78); 4. John Daly 1:44.56 (52.78, 51.78); 5. Adam Donahoo 1:44.71 (52.84, 51.87); 6. Chris Hedquist 1:44.94 (53.47, 51.47); 7. Stokes Aitken (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1:44.96 (52.91, 52.05); 8. Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.) 1:45.23 (53.02, 52.21); 9. Matt Revelli (Highland, Utah) 1:44.40 (53.05, 52.35); 10. Chris Burgess (Glen Gardner, N.J.) 1:45.56 (53.14, 52.42); 11. Steve Mayer (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1:46.04 (52.70, 52.34); 12. Brad Stewart (Park City, Utah) 1:47.33 (54.49, 52.84); 13. Dakota Hyde (Ogden, Utah) 1:48.61 (55.46, 53.15); 14. Chris Nurre (    Seven Hills, Ohio) 1:48.69 (55.13, 53.56); 15. Ryan Wrisley (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1:50.34 (56.34, 54.00); 16. Allen Blackwell (Jackson Miss.) 1:51.03 (57.20, 53.83); 17. Phillip Goodwin (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) (58.67, DNS);



“East Meadow” of Central Park, New York City Press entrance at 97th Street and 5th Avenue (PRESS ONLY)


Sunday, September 17, 2006, 2:00-5:00 p.m.


April 20, 2006 – After spending a week in Africa participating in Right To Play (www.righttoplay.com) sponsored programs for the children of Lusaka, Zambia Olympic Champion Joey Cheek had little time to catch his breath before embarking on his next mission, a collegiate speaking tour aimed at raising awareness of the genocide taking place in Darfur. In between getting off the plane on Sunday and the tour’s first stop at NY University on Monday Cheek made the NY City media rounds with stops at CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN and others, all the while with a camera crew from his new mtvU show, 'Joey Cheek Goes to College’ in tow.  Catching up on unopened mail, Cheek’s college acceptance list now includes Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown and UNC with decision day looming on the not so distant horizon. 
“When I won the gold medal in Torino, I expected my life to be busy for a while, but I never imagined things could be as hectic as they are now. I’ve had so many amazing experiences since the Olympics that it’s hard to believe it was only two months ago,” said Cheek.
Cheek joined twelve-time Olympic medalist Jenny Thompson with the international humanitarian organization Right To Play in Lusaka, Zambia in an effort to educate children of the growing HIV-AIDS epidemic that is devastating their country.
“Having witnessed the work that Right To Play is doing on the ground in Africa, and being part of it for even a short time, I’m more inspired than ever to do what I can to help further their efforts.  Children everywhere deserve the chance to play and to simply be children.  Right To Play is making that happen.”
Particularly concerned with the growing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, Cheek has embarked on a two week collegiate speaking tour, sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition (www.savedarfur.org),  to address the calamity. Cheek will visit NYU, Yale, UNC-Charlotte, UVA, Maryland, VA Tech and George Washington before culminating with his keynote address at The Rally to Stop Genocide on the Mall in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 30.  Tens of thousands of people of conscience are anticipated to attend.  The goal is to raise public pressure on the Bush administration to end the genocide and build a lasting peace in Darfur, and on Congress to provide the necessary resources to do so.  
Darfur was and is my primary area of concern.  It’s inconceivable that genocide is still taking place in the world today, but it is.  The Save Darfur Coalition has been working tirelessly for years to shed light on this worldwide travesty. We can all do something, be it donate, attend the rally or simply send in a postcard as part of the Million Voices Campaign.” (www.millionvoicesfordarfur.org) remarked Cheek.
Joining Cheek on his speaking tour, throughout the process of college enrollment and on to campus life will be mtvU, MTV's 24 hour college channel, broadcast to more than 730 colleges and nearly seven million students across the country (www.mtvU.com).  Joey Cheek Goes to College will debut with 6 episodes in the fall.  A sneek preview of the show will premiere on demand on mtvU's broadband channel, mtvU Über at mtvU.com, on May 1st. 
“I certainly never thought a speedskater from North Carolina would ever be fodder for reality TV, but here I am.  I prefer to call this edu-TV as it’s my hope, that in addition to having some fun we’ll be able to shed some light on important worldwide issues, like Darfur, to students across the country.”
The burning question for Cheek is now the final decision on which college acceptance he’ll accept. With no shortage of top tier schools rolling out the red carpet and mtvU chronicling nearly every moment the aspiring undergrad is on the hot-seat.
“I’m blessed to have been admitted to such great schools and I suppose in the end I really can’t lose.  Unfortunately, that thought still doesn’t help me make what I consider to be the most important decision of my life thus far. Dare I say, ‘tune in to the first episode’ to see where I’ll be calling home for the next few years because at this point I still don’t know.”


“Cheek is an antitoxin for those who have been fed a steady diet of showboating, sniping, self-absorbed Olympians.”    - Karen Krause, New York Times

“…if you're looking for an Olympic moment to treasure, watch Joey Cheek carry the flag. He's the American hero of the bunch.”   - Jay Mariotti, Chicago Sun Times
“Here's your Olympic hero, America. Or maybe we should say, ‘Here's your boy, Red, White and Blue!’ Cheek is the kind of athlete we should spotlight.” - Eric Adelson, ESPN The Magazine

“Cheek showed what happens when the Olympic torch falls into the right hands, when it belongs to someone who will use it to illuminate the world's problems and try to solve them. It's the most surprising, enlightening news conference I've ever seen.”-  J.A. Adande L.A. Times

As the XXth Olympic Winter Games came to a conclusion yesterday in Torino, Italy, American Joey Cheek has emerged as an Olympian for the ages.  While his on-ice performance was nothing short of spectacular, leaving no doubt who the fastest man in the world is with a dominating gold medal finish in the 500 meters and a follow up silver medal in the 1000 meters, it was his off ice performance that has left an indelible mark in Olympic history. 
Upon winning gold on the third day of the Olympic Games, Cheek silenced the post race press conference jammed with seasoned international Olympic correspondents by refusing to talk about his recent ‘dream come true’.  Instead, he displayed poise and character well beyond his years, utilizing his fifteen seconds of fame to speak of human rights, injustice and genocide.  He spoke eloquently of the perilous situation in the Darfur region of  Sudan and announced that he would donate the $25,000.00 bonus that accompanies his gold medal performance to the Right To Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization  that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.  He went on to challenge the USOC sponsors and corporations worldwide to match his contribution. Instantly his impact was undeniable, as Nike, The Gap, Jet Set Sports, Lenovo and individual donors around the world responded with contributions of their own.  To date $392,996.00 have been raised in response.  Website hits at www.righttoplay.com have spiked from typical traffic of 30,000 hits to nearly 100,000 hits per day.  A ten year old boy from Cheek’s hometown in North Carolina sent a $5.00 bill with a note that read simply, “I got this for Valentine’s day but you need it more.”
Days later Cheek narrowly missed another gold medal in the 1000 meters, settling for silver.  At the post race press conference he announced that the accompanying $15,000.00 silver medal bonus would also be going to Right To Play.  He went on to say that he realizes not everyone has the financial means to do what he has done, but that everyone can take action to help others.  In an effort to not only be a financial contributor but to demonstrate that he is a man of action, Cheek announced he would be participating in a Right To Play relief mission to Zambia in mid April.  The media responded with numerous requests to accompany him and chronicle the mission.
As a result of the manner in which Joey Cheek conducted himself over the course of the seventeen days of the Olympic Games he was bestowed the greatest honor an Olympian can receive.  He was elected by his athlete peers to carry the American flag into last night’s closing ceremonies.  In addition, he was elected by the public at large, journalists and Olympians past and present as the recipient of the USOC Spirit Award, recognizing both his athletic accomplishments and his commitment to the spirit and ideals of the Olympic Games. 
“I could feel that I was skating well in the weeks leading up to the Olympics so my goal for these (Olympic) games was to continue that, to skate well, and given the opportunity to speak out, to use that to hopefully effect change.  With the games now winding down, I can honestly say the experience far exceeded my wildest expectations.  These are memories I’ll cherish forever, and I hope to continue to use any opportunity I come upon to raise awareness of people and places desperately in need of our help.”                Joey Cheek
Cheek now moves on to Holland for next weekend’s World Cup Finale where he is in contention to add World Cup Champion to this season’s honors of World Sprint Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.
Joey Cheek will return to the US on March 6th to New York City where he will conduct an extensive media tour through March 9th, including an event on March 8th at the newly opened Right To Play office at NY’s Chelsea Piers.  Thereafter he will return home to Greensboro, North Carolina. 
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Dec. 22) – The U.S. Long Track Speedskating Championships came to an end Wednesday with a total of three new Pettit National Ice Center records and a roster of skaters attending the upcoming World Championships and World Cups.

On the ladies’ side, Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) won the gold medal in the 500-meters with a finish time of 39.03. Hometown favorites Chris Witty (West Allis, Wis.) and Elli Ochowicz (Waukesha, Wis.) won the silver and bronze, respectively.  Rodriguez and Witty duplicated their respective gold and silver medals in the 1000-meters and Amy Sannes (St. Paul, Minn.) took home the bronze medal.

“I'm happy with my 500 but not so much with my 1000-meters,” Rodriguez said. “I tried to change my starting strategy in the 1000 meters by starting off slow and then going all out because my legs are a bit tired. But I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work - I need to go all out for the entire race.”

On the men’s side, Shani Davis (Chicago, Ill.) ruled the Pettit Center with another track record. After Saturday’s 1500-meters record, Davis set a new record in the 1000-meters with a gold medal finish in 1:10.10.  Monday’s 1000-meters winner, Nick Pearson (Vernon, Wis.) finished second in 1:10.65 followed by Joey Cheek (Greensboro, N.C.) finishing in 1:10.85.
Tucker Fredricks (Janesville, Wis.) set a new track record in the 500-meters with a gold medal finish time of 35.59. Fredricks broke Hiroyasu Shimizu’s (Japan) 1998 record.

“It doesn’t seem real. I’m still driving my white Protégé,” Fredricks joked in reference to Shimizu’s white Ferrari.

Cheek won the silver medal in the 500-meters with a finish time of 35.69 followed by hometown favorite Kip Carpenter (Brookfield, Wis.) who finished in 35.97.
In the overall sprints standings, Rodriguez topped the charts with 155.754 points, followed by Witty (158.245) and Sannes (159.965). Cheek took the overall win on the men’s side with 142.300 points, followed by Davis (142.660) and Carpenter (143.920).

Ladies’ results:
1. J. Rodriguez 39.03; 2. C. Witty 39.69; 3. E. Ochowicz 39.93; 4. A. Sannes 39.97; 5. E. Rodansky (Kearns, Utah) 40.77; 6. E. Porter (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) 41.32
1. J. Rodriguez 1:18.24; 2. C. Witty 1:19.94; 3. A. Sannes 1:20.14; 4. E. Rodansky 1:21.06; 5. E. Ochowicz 1:21.08; 6. C. Raney (Elm Grove, Wis.) 1:21.29
Overall Standings (Sprints):
1. J. Rodriguez 155.745 points; 2. C. Witty 158.245; 3. A. Sannes 159.965; 4. E. Ochowicz 160.885; 5. E. Rodansky 162.335; 6. C. Raney 164.910
Men’s Results:
1. T. Fredricks 35.59; 2. J. Cheek 35.69; 3. K. Carpenter 35.97; 4. S. Davis 36.12; 5. M. Pelchat (Chelmsford, Mass.) 36.44; 6. C. Needham (Belmont, Mass.) 36.45
1. S. Davis 1:10.10; 2. N. Pearson 1:10.65; 3. J. Cheek 1:10.85; 4. D. Parra (Orlando, Fla.) 1:11.14; 5. K. Carpenter 1:11.63; 6. T. Fredricks 1:12.21.2004
Overall Standings (Sprints):
1. J. Cheek 142.300 points; 2. S. Davis 142.660; 3. K. Carpenter 143.920; 4. T. Fredricks 144.125; 5. N. Pearson 144.305; 6. D. Parra 144.885


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    Details of the deal were not disclosed but the renewal of the agreement is said to consist of the same terms or the original agreement.
    "The ACA took me on  and stood by me long before anyone knew my name, with no guarantees of anything.  They just wanted to help me realize a dream.   Now that I'm a gold medalist, I know that my market value has gone up, but now it's my turn to return the favor to the ACA.  That's why I insisted the renewal be under the same terms as the original deal.  I think it's only fair."

    "Our affiliation with Derek Parra has been extremely rewarding for the American Chiropractic Association and the chiropractic profession as a whole.  Derek is a uniquely gifted competitor, an Olympic superstar and, above all, a first-class human being.  His appearance at our annual House of Delegates meeting was particularly touching, and we are proud to continue to support his efforts" said Dr. Daryl D. Wills, President of the ACA.

    About ACA (http://www.acatoday.com)
    The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the world representing doctors of chiropractic. The ACA provides lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession. With approximately 18,000 members, the ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.

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  • By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Hispanics outnumber blacks as the largest minority group in the USA for the first time since the government began counting the nation's population more than two centuries ago.
    The U.S. Census Bureau's announcement Wednesday confirmed what many have treated as fact for some time. Even so, it's a symbolic milestone for a nation whose history has been dominated by black-white racial dynamics. Increased racial and ethnic diversity is adding a new dimension to everything from product marketing to political campaigning.

    There are 38.8 million Hispanics in the USA, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday. The figures, as of July 1, show a 9.8% increase since the Census was taken in April 2000.

    The U.S. population grew 2.5% to 288.4 million in the same period. Hispanics accounted for half of the national increase. Non-Hispanic blacks, including people who say they're black and another race, grew at a much slower rate than Hispanics, up 3.1%, to 36.6 million. Hispanics make up 13% of the nation's population. The number of Asians also surged. They're up 9% to 13.1 million.

    The population gains by Hispanics reflect a society that has already embraced Spanish TV and election ballots in Spanish. The Hispanic population is soaring because of immigration and higher birth rates.

    Black and Hispanic groups were quick to emphasize common ground rather than differences.

    "They keep trying to pit the African-American community against Hispanics when indeed we have a lot more in common than we have in disagreement," Hilary Shelton of the NAACP says. "The Hispanic community is made up of very many different racial groups. African-Americans are still the largest racial minority group."

    That's true because the government considers Hispanic an ethnic classification, which means Hispanics can be black, white, Asian or any race. There are 1.7 million blacks who identified themselves as Hispanic. Add them to the black population column, and blacks total more than 38 million.

    How they're changing America

    The steady surge of Hispanics has changed the fabric of life in the United States, from food on grocery shelves, movies and the bedsheets children sleep on to the rosters of professional sports teams:

    • Nickelodeon's bilingual Dora the Explorer is the No. 2 pre-school show on commercial TV, leading Anglo as well as Hispanic tykes to sleep on Dora sheets that say Buenos noches. A fraction of the audience for George Lopez, one of ABC's top comedies last season, is Hispanic. And Fox, already the top major network among Hispanics, is adding two Hispanic family comedies this fall.

    • Hispanics represent 15% of movie-ticket sales, higher than their share of the population. The box-office careers of Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels), actress-singer Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhattan) and director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) are evidence of Hispanics' broadening appeal. The 2002 Academy Awards celebrated the year of the Hispanic, after Latin artists and Hispanic-themed work collected 10 nominations, including six for a biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, played by Salma Hayek, a Mexican.

    • Latin radio stations account for 7%-8% of the radio audience, up from 5% five years ago, according to Airplay Monitor editor Sean Ross. More stations are sprouting in places outside Florida, Texas, California and New York. There's a Latin FM station in Raleigh, N.C.

    • The Latin explosion in mainstream pop music is evident in the success of Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony, who began their careers as Spanish-language singers. Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are multi-platinum sellers.

    • Time Inc. launched People en Espanol in 1997. Circulation has since doubled to 414,000 to make it the top-selling Spanish-language magazine in the USA.

    • Hispanics are starring in sports they had never been associated with before. The National Hockey League has its first Hispanic, Scott Gomez of Alaska, rookie of the year three years ago. Last year, speedskaters Derek Parra and Jennifer Rodriguez became the first Hispanics to win Winter Olympic medals. Parra is Mexican-American, and Rodriguez is Cuban-American.

    Hispanics are also the largest minority in Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez, a Dominican-American born in New York and raised in Miami, is the game's highest paid player at $25 million a year. Arturo Moreno became the first Hispanic owner of a team when he recently bought the Anaheim Angels. Moreno has said he doesn't want to be thought of as a minority owner. When asked a question in Spanish at a news conference, the fourth-generation American answered in English. "The first thing is I'm an American," he said. "I'm proud to be a Mexican-American, but as far as being the first minority, I think most of us are immigrants from some place."

    • The National Basketball Association this past season became the first major U.S. sports league to offer national TV coverage on Spanish-language stations. Later this year, ESPN will launch a full-time sports channel in Spanish. Next year, for the 2004 Summer Games, NBC will carry 134 hours of Olympic coverage in Spanish on its Telemundo network.

    Tensions arise

    Despite efforts by both political parties to reach out to Hispanics, the surge in their numbers creates clashes between blacks and Hispanics, Anglos and Hispanics and Asians and Hispanics. Because so many Hispanics are newcomers, there are disputes over jobs, political power, schools and lifestyle.


    Hispanics, who can be of any race, make up 13% of the U.S. population. A breakdown:

    By region{+1}
    Northeast 13.3%
    Midwest 7.7%
    South 34.8%
    West 44.2%
    By age
    Under age 18 34.4%
    18-64 60.5%
    65 and older 5.1%
    Mexican 66.9%
    Central and South American  14.3%
    Puerto Rican 8.6%
    Cuban 3.7%
    Other 6.5%
    Educational attainment
    Less than 9th grade 27.0%
    9-12 grade (no diploma) 16.0%
    High school graduate or some college  45.9%
    Bachelor's degree or more 11.1%

    1 — Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin; South: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

    Source: The Hispanic Population in the United States March 2002, Census Bureau

    "It can be very destroying to think of this in horse-race terms," says Roberto Suro, who directs the Pew Hispanic Center, a think tank at the University of Southern California. "The milestone here is not the relationship between (blacks and Hispanics), but the way the U.S. population is changing. ... It's an official affirmation of a different era."

    The recent influx of Hispanic immigrants to North Carolina caused friction in cities such as Durham, says Jennifer Nevin, 28, a recent Duke University graduate. A battle broke out there between longtime residents and Hispanics over funding of school programs in English as a second language.

    In border states such as California, Arizona and Texas, many people are upset about the flow of illegal immigrants. Similar sentiments are expressed elsewhere.

    "I'm not against Hispanics — just the illegals," says Bob Gillingham, 66, a retired printer who enjoys living in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Arlington, Va. He resents undocumented immigrants using public services such as health care. "Why don't we just make Mexico the 51st state?"

    It's not surprising to the NAACP's Shelton that the Census Bureau marked this seminal moment by announcing the latest numbers at a convention of the League of the United Latin American Citizens. "It's quite transparent that the Bush administration is courting the Hispanic vote," he says.

    So have most national candidates. Both political parties are competing fiercely for Hispanic voters, who made up 7% of the electorate in 2000, according to exit polls. Republican strategists believe Bush, who won 35% of the Hispanic vote that year, can't lose if he gets 40% in 2004.

    Tactics used by both Democrats and Republicans range from Web sites in Spanish to setting up booths at citizenship ceremonies to register voters on the spot.

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is the first Hispanic governor since 1986.

    On Capitol Hill, there are 23 Hispanics in the U.S. House of Representatives — 19 are Democrats, and four are Republicans. There are no Hispanics in the Senate.

    Republicans recently began Spanish lessons for members of the House and the Senate. Democrats have been studying Spanish for some time. "The launch of Spanish on the Hill shows we are serious about working with Spanish-speaking America," says Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Ill., who organized the classes.

    National candidates may be going after Hispanic voters, but Hispanics remain a small constituency despite their huge numbers.

    "They are not yet a voting bloc," says Jeffrey Passel, demographer at the Urban Institute in Washington. He points out that many can't vote. One of seven Hispanics is in the USA illegally, and others can't vote because they're not yet naturalized citizens. Also, Passel says, many Hispanics born here are too young to vote.

    There may be more Hispanics than blacks, but there are still twice as many black voters as Hispanic ones. According to Suro of the Pew Hispanic Center: 5% of non-Hispanic blacks were not citizens in 2000, compared with 39% of Hispanics.

    Beyond that, Hispanics are not a homogeneous group — politically or culturally. Many see themselves as having separate and distinct cultures based on their countries of origin. Cubans in Miami are largely conservative and Republican. Mexicans in Los Angeles and Puerto Ricans in New York, on the other hand, are more liberal on many issues and largely Democrats.

    "Blacks on an average vote Democratic 85%; for Hispanics it's 70%," says Ronald Walters, political science professor at the University of Maryland. "But there are some themes that run through the (Hispanic) group, such as immigrant issues, social services, bilingual education, employment."

    Growing market

    It's not easy to appeal to Hispanics with one message, whether offering politics, music or frozen foods. Hispanic cuisine differs markedly from region to region and country to country. Many Hispanics who were born in this country don't speak Spanish or listen to Spanish-language media.

    "Consumers don't think or act a certain way based on the color of their skin as much as their household income, age and gender," says Christopher Kelley, author of a recent study by the Forrester research company.

    The growth of Hispanics has sparked a surge in entrepreneurship and in the number of companies owned by Hispanics in the USA. There are more than 1.1 million such companies, four times the number two decades ago.

    That number displaces African-Americans as owners of the most minority-owned companies.

    Hispanics now own one of every 20 U.S. companies, the latest Census data show.

    More of them are becoming big businesses. Nearly 27,000 have annual revenue of $1 million or more, which puts them in the corporate elite. They include giants such as MasTec, a telecommunications services company based in Miami. MasTec has about 10,000 employees in the USA and Brazil, and it boasts more than $800 million in annual revenue.

    Demographer Passel estimates that in the next half-century, there will be twice as many Hispanics as blacks in the nation. But the rate of intermarriage is climbing among all racial and ethnic groups.

    "In 50 years, we'll probably be using different categories to classify the U.S. population," Passel says. "The boundaries are going to become much fuzzier. ... We don't know in that sense what it'll mean to be Hispanic in 50 years."

    Contributing: Kathy Kiely, Chuck Johnson, Rod Beaton, Jill Lawrence, Lorrie Grant, Susan Wloszczyna, Michael Hiestand and Emma Schwartz in Washington; Jim Hopkins in San Francisco; Gary Levin and Peter Johnson in New York; Elysa Gardner in Los Angeles; Tom Weir in Nashville; and the Associated Press.

  • Olympic Hero and Stay-at-home Dad - June 15. 2003

  • In short track, Shani Davis (Chicago) moved from eighth-place to the sixth position and an Olympic berth while in long track two American records were set.

    Davis' win in the men's 1000-meters gave him 987 points and pushed him into number six position in the final standings with 1,354 points. The top six qualify for the 2002 Olympic Games.

    Davis finished first in the A final with a time of 1 minute 28.755 while Rusty Smith (Sunset Beach, Calif.)  finished second with a time of 1:28.827.
    Apolo Anton Ohno (Seattle) finished third with a time of 1:29.014.

    Ohno finished first overall with 7,286 points while Smith was second with 4,181 points.

    Ohno and Smith will skate the individual events at the Olympics. The individual events are the 500,- 1000-, and 1500-meters.

    Three-time Olympic medalist Amy Peterson (Maplewood, Minn.) won the women's overall title with 3,891.5 points. Peterson finished third in the ladies' 1000-meters with a time of 1:33.632. The race was won by Caroline Hallisey (Natick, Mass.) with a time of 1:33.456.

    The short track Olympic roster is the following:

    Name, Hometown, Races Eligible for
    Ron Biondo, Broadview Heights, Ohio, eligible to skate any individual race if
    Ohno or Smith does not skate; 5000-meter relay
    Shani Davis, Chicago, 5000-meter relay.
    J.P. Kepka, St. Louis, 5000-meter relay.
    Apolo Anton Ohno, Seattle, 500-, 1000-, 1500-meters and 5000-meter relay.
    Rusty Smith, Sunset Beach, Calif., 500-, 1000-, 1500-meters and 5000-meter relay.
    Dan Weinstein, Brookline, Mass., 5000-meter relay.

    Name, Hometown, Races Eligible for
    Allison Baver, Sinking Spring, Penn., 3000-meter relay.
    Julie Goskowicz, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3000-meter relay.
    Mary Griglak, Berea, Ohio, 3000-meter relay
    Caroline Hallisey, Natick, Mass., 500-, and 1000-meters and 3000-meter relay
    Amy Peterson, Maplewood, Minn., 500-, 1500-meters and 3000-meter relay
    Erin Porter, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1000-, and 1500-meters and 3000-meter relay

    In long track action, two American records were set. Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) broke the record in the women's 3000-meters with a time of 7 minutes and 7.93 seconds to win the race. The time broke the record of 7:14.20 set by Kirstin Holum on February 20, 1998.

    Men's 10,000-meter champion Jason Hedstrand (Shoreview, Minn.) broke KC Boutiette's record of 13 minutes 44.03 seconds set on February 17, 1998 with a time of 13:40.75.

    Rodriguez will skate the 5,000-meters and Hedstrand the 10,000-meters at the Olympics if U.S. skaters perform well enough in the women's 3,000 and men's 5,000 at the Games in February.

    The women's 3000-meters and men's 5000-meters participants for the Olympics will be based on World Cup rankings and time standards after the World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, January 11-13.

    The skaters who have qualified for the long track Olympic team are the following:

    Name, Hometown, Event Qualified for
    Elli Ochowicz, Waukesha, Wis., 500-meters.
    Jennifer Rodriguez, Miami, *500-, 1000, 1500-, and **5000-meters.
    Amy Sannes, St. Paul, Minn., 500-, 1000, and 1500-meters.
    Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 500-, 1000-, and 1500-meters.
    Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 500-, 1000-, and 1500-meters.

    Name, Hometown, Event Qualified for
    Kip Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 500- and 1000-meters.
    Joey Cheek, Greensboro, N.C., 500-, 1000-, and 1500-meters.
    Casey FitzRandolph, Verona, Wis., 500- and 1000-meters.
    Jason Hedstrand, Shoreview, Minn., ***10,000-meters.
    Derek Parra, San Bernardino, Calif., 1500-meters.
    Nick Pearson, Vernon, Wis., 1000- and 1500-meters.
    Marc Pelchat, Chelmsford, Mass., 500-meters.
    J.P. Shilling, Baltimore, 1500-meters.

    *Qualified for race but has chosen to bypass at Olympics.
    **Skating race will be based on results of ladies' 3000-meters at the Games.
    *** Skating race will be based on results of men's 5000-meters at the Games.

    1000-meter Positions Wrapped Up For Olympics During Friday's Trials

    KEARNS, Utah, December 21, 2001-The men's and women's 1000-meter positions for the 2002 Olympic Games were filled Friday at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating Olympic Trials.

    For the men, Joey Cheek (Greensboro, N.C.) locked up his third position on the Olympic Team. Cheek, who has qualified for the 500- and 1500-meters earlier this week, earned his 1000-meter position based on the time he set in the event on Tuesday. Cheek skated a time of 1 minute 7.98 seconds to set a new American record. Today, Cheek skated the race in a time of 1:08.04. To qualify for the 1000-meters, skaters raced twice and each skater's best time was used to determine the three qualifiers.

    Joining Cheek in qualification this week was Kip Carpenter (Brookfield, Wis.) and Nick Pearson (Vernon, Wis.). Carpenter's best time was the 1:08.52 he skated today while Pearson's time of 1:08.57 on Tuesday qualified him.

    The trio will join Casey FitzRandolph (Verona, Wis.), who prequalified for the 1000-meters  at the World Cup held in Salt Lake City on December 1st.

    The ladies' 1000-meters qualifiers were Amy Sannes (St. Paul, Minn.) and Becky Sundstrom (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). Today, Sannes skated a two-race best of 1:15.92 today, while Sundstrom skated a time of 1:16.16.

    The duo joined prequalified Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) and Chris Witty (West Allis, Wis.). Rodriguez qualified with a gold medal in the ladies'
    1000-meters in World Cup action held in Salt Lake City while Witty did the same with the combination of a fourth place finish at the Salt Lake City World Cup in the 1000-meters and reaching the podium at the 2001 World Sprint Championships.

    The ladies' 3000-meters and the men's 5000-meters races determined World Cup berths. The skaters in these events will be able to qualify for the Olympics based on World Cup rankings and times after the Heerenveen, Netherlands World Cup to be held January 11-13.

    Catherine Raney (Elm Grove, Wis.) won the ladies' 3000-meters with a time of 4 minutes and 11.94 seconds. Kristine Holzer (Boise, Idaho) finished second with a time of 4:16.49 while third place was occupied by Annie Driscoll (Roseville, Minn.), who skated a time of 4:16.90.

    Rodriguez  and Raney were already prequalified for the event.

    In the men's 5000-meters, one World Cup berth was available. The spot was claimed by first place J.P. Shilling (Baltimore). Shilling skated a time of 6 minutes 32.04 to win the event.

    Derek Parra (San Bernardino, Calif.), KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.), and Jondon Trevena (Fort Collins, Colo.) were prequalifed for the 5,000-meter World Cups.

    The U.S. Long Track Olympic Trials conclude tomorrow with the women's 5,000-meters and the men's 10,000-meters.

    Friday's Results

    Ladies' 2nd 1000-meters-1, Amy Sannes, St. Paul, Minn., 1 minute 15.92 seconds. 2, Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1:16.16. 3, Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 1:16.61. 4, Annie Driscoll, Roseville, Minn., 1:18.31. 5, Elli Ochowicz, Waukesha, Wis., 1:19.33. 6, Jamie Grundstrom, Maplewood, Minn., 1:21.46. 7, Roxanne Kirkpatrick, North Salt Lake City, Utah, 1:21.99. 8, Sara Goff, Verona, Wis., 1:22.10. 9, Heidi Stangl, Andover, Minn., 1:22.89. 10, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Sr., Wheaton, Ill., 1:23.32.

    Men's 2nd 1000-meters-1, Joey Cheek, Greensboro, N.C., 1:08.04. 2, Nick Pearson, Vernon, Wis., 1:08.57. 3, Kip Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 1:09.14. 4, Derek Parra, San Bernardino, Calif., 1:09.31. 5, Chris Callis, Sudlersville, Md., 1:09.71. 6, Lucas Mills, Washington, D.C., 1:10.88. 7,
    Eric Krantz, Elgin, Ill., 1:11.29. 8, Tucker Fredricks, Janesville, Wis., 1:11.51. 9, Brady Thompson, Franklin, Wis., 1:11.90. 9, Ron Macky, Grafton,
    Wis., 1:11.90.

    Ladies' 3000-meters-1, Catherine Raney, Elm Grove, Wis., 4 minutes 11.94 seconds. 2, Kristine Holzer, Boise, Idaho, 4:16.49. 3,  Driscoll, 4:16.90. 4, Eva Rodansky, Kearns, Utah, 4:17.16. 5, Sarah Elliott, Oconomowoc, Wis., 4:20.77. 6, Sannes, 4:20.81. 7, Shana Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 4:21.14. 8, Katie Krall, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4:22.29. 9, Maria Lamb, River Falls, Wis., 4:25.80. 10, Heidi Stangl, Andover, Minn., 4:27.67.

    Men's 5000-meters-J.P. Shilling, Baltimore, 6 minutes 32.04 seconds. 2, Jason Hedstrand, Shoreview, Minn., 6:32.15. 3, Clay Mull, Gastonia, N.C., 6:33.49. 4, Jondon Trevena, Fort Collins, Colo., 6:33.94. 5, KC Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 6:36.49. 6, Callis, 6:36.84. 7, Tim Hoffmann, Waukesha, Wis., 6:42.00. 8, Nate Di Palma, Albuquerque, N.M., 6:44.16. 9, Thompson, 6:45.20. 10, Macky, 6:51.95.


    Cheek Breaks Second Record In Two Days at Olympic Trials

    KEARNS, Utah, December 19, 2001- After breaking the American record in the men's 1000-meters and setting a personal best in the 500-meters yesterday, Joey Cheek (Greensboro, N.C.) returned to the ice Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Long Track Olympic Trials  to pick up another American record and earn another pair of personal bests.

    Cheek opened the day by setting the American record in the men's 500-meters. Cheek skated a time of 34.66 to break Casey FitzRandolph's time of 34.71 set on December 2 at the Utah Olympic Oval.

    The time was gave Cheek a victory in the 500-meters with a two-race total of 69.39 seconds. He was followed by Kip Carpenter (Brookfield, Wis.) who finished with a two-race total of 70.07 seconds after skating a time of 35.05. Marc Pelchat (Chelmsford, Mass.) was third with a total time of 70.31 after skating a time of 35.24.

    The trio qualified for the remaining spots available to skate the men's 500-meters at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

    FitzRandolph of Verona, Wis., had already claimed his position in the men's 500-meters by virtue of claiming a silver medal in the 500-meters on December 1 at the World Cup held in Salt Lake City.

    Later in the day, Cheek earned his second position on the team when he claimed the 1500-meters with a personal best time of 1:46.22-just 0.02
    seconds shy of the American record of 1:46.20 held by Derek Parra (San Bernardino, Calif.).

    Also qualifying for the 1500-meters was Nick Pearson (Vernon, Wis.) and J.P. Shilling (Baltimore). Pearson finished second with a time of 1:46.88 while Shilling picked up third with a time of 1:47.27.

    Parra was prequalifed based on his second place finish at the 2001 World Single Distance Championships in the 1500-meters and a fourth-place finish on November 17th at the World Cup at the Innsbruck, Austria.

    In ladies' action, Chris Witty (West Allis, Wis.) claimed first place in the ladies' 500-meters with a two-race total of 76.79 seconds. Witty recorded the top time of the day with a time of 38.38 seconds. She was followed by Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami), who earned a two-race total of 76.85 seconds as she skated a time of 38.65. Becky Sundstrom (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Amy Sannes (St. Paul, Minn.) finished third and fourth respectively after two races. Sundstrom finished with a total time of 78.14 after skating a time of 39.24 while Sannes totaled 78.65 as she skated a time of 39.45.

    The quartet qualified for the ladies' 500-meters at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

    The women's 1500-meters was also won by Witty as she skated a time of 1:58.53. Sannes was second with a time of 1:58.74 while Sundstrom picked up third with a time of 1:59.21.

    The three skaters will join the prequalified Rodriguez in the 1500-meters at the Olympics. Rodriguez qualified after winning a silver medal in the event on November 10 at the Berlin World Cup.

    The long track trials continue on Friday after a rest day on Thursday.

    Wednesday's Results

    Ladies 2nd 500-meters-1, Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 38.38 seconds. 2, Jennifer Rodriguez, Miami, 38.65. 3, Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill.,
    39.24. 4, Elli Ochowicz, Waukesha, Wis., 39.42. 5, Amy Sannes, St. Paul, Minn., 39.45. 6, Annie Driscoll, Roseville, Minn., 40.11. 7, Sarah Elliott,
    Oconomowoc, Wis., 40.85. 8, Jamie Grundstrom, Maplewood, Minn., 40.89. 9, Eva Rodansky, Kearns, Utah, 41.23. 10, Shana Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 41.39.

    Men's 2nd, 500-meters-1, Joey Cheek, Greensboro, N.C., 34.66 (American Record). 2, Kip Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 35.05. 3, Marc Pelchat,
    Chelmsford, Mass., 35.07. 4, Nick Pearson, Vernon, Wis., 35.48. 5, Derek Parra, San Bernardino, Calif., 36.10. 6, Donald Stewart, Lake Placid, N.Y.,
    36.20. 7, Tucker Fredricks, Janesville, Wis., 36.22. 8, Lucas Mills, Washington, D.C., 36.32. 9, Chris Callis, Sudlersville, Md., 36.34. 10, David
    Needham, Belmont, Mass., 36.48.

    Ladies' 1500-meters-1, Witty, 1 minute 58.53 seconds. 2, Sannes, 1:58.74. 3, Sundstrom, B., 1:59.21. 4, Driscoll, 1:59.50. 5, Elliott, 2:00.24. 6,
    Catherine Raney, Elm Grove, Wis., 2:00.95. 7, Rodansky, 2:02.70. 8, Sundstrom, S., 2:03.43. 9, Becky Lang, Milwaukee, 2:04.90. 10, Jackie Linell,
    Roseville, Minn., 2:05.24.

    Men's 1500-meters-1, Cheek, 1:46.22. 2, Pearson, 1:46.88. 3, J.P. Shilling, Baltimore, Md., 1:47.26. 4, KC Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 1:47.27. 5, Tim
    Hoffmann, Waukesha, Wis., 1:47.45. 6, Callis, 1:48.13. 7, Jondon Trevena, Fort Collins, Colo., 1:48.56. 8, Clay Mull, Gastonia, N.C., 1:49.01. 9,
    Mills, 1:49.30. 10, Stewart, 1:50.03.



    CALGARY, ALBERTA, December 9, 2001-Derek Parra (San Bernardino, Calif.) earned a bronze medal in the men's 1500-meters Sunday at the Calgary Olympic Oval to cap a successful string of performances by the United States in fall
    World Cup action.

    Parra skated a time of 1 minute 46.54 seconds to finish third behind Norway's Adne Sondral (1:45.81) and the Netherlands' Erben Wennemars (1:46.19).

    "I am happy I won a medal, I felt good and skated well," said Parra. "I am in a good place and look forward to the rest of the season."

    "Derek had a good day, but lost his edge (of skate) on the dirty ice in warm up," said U.S. National Allround Coach Bart Schouten.  "He skated well, winning a medal, but had more to give if his skates would have been good. We know now that Derek can win a medal any day and that the gold is in reach."

    Parra's medal was his second of the season in the 1500-meters. His first was a gold medal on November 24th in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Including Parra's two medals on the World Cup circuit, the United States has won 11 medals. Casey FitzRandolph (Verona, Wis.) has earned five medals (four silver and 1 bronze) while Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) has captured four
    medals (one gold and three silvers).

    KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.) placed 10th in the 1500 with a time of 1:48.06 while J.P. Shilling (Baltimore) skated a time of 1:48.84 to finish 17th.

    Rodriguez was the top American female finisher on Sunday, as she placed sixth in the ladies' 1500-meters with a time of 1:56.19. Teammate Sarah Elliott (Oconomowoc, Wis.) finished 12th with a time of 1:59.65.

    Germany's Annie Friesinger won the event with a time of 1:54.61.

    In the men's 500-meters, FitzRandolph and Joey Cheek (Greensboro. N.C.) tied for eighth place with a time of 35.17 seconds behind gold medalist Toyoki Takeda of Japan who finished with a time of 34.62. Kip Carpenter
    (Brookfield, Wis.) placed 17th with a time of 35.48.

    Becky Sundstrom (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was the top American female in the ladies' 500-meters, finishing 18th with a time of  39.10. Amy Sannes (St. Paul, Minn.) placed 19th with a time of 39.15 while Chris Witty (West Allis, Wis.)
    finished 20th with a time of 39.16.

    Canada's Catriona Le May Doan won the event with a world record time of 37.22 seconds.

    In Division B action, Cheek and Sannes won the men's and ladies' 1500-meters, respectively.  Cheek skated a personal best time of  1:47.68 while Sannes finished with a time of  1:57.66.

    Both the results of the weekend and fall World Cups left Schouten and U.S. National Sprint Coach Mike Crowe pleased.

    "It was a nice combined World Cup for us with Sprint and Allround," said Schouten. "The whole team is doing very well and on the rise towards the Olympics. We had a great start to the season and we will carry this through.
    This is exciting!"

    "I feel we are continuing to make progress toward the Olympics," said Crowe. "Everyone has had at least one good race in each of the last two weekends. I was particularly happy to see four US skaters (FitzRandolph, third; Cheek, sixth; Parra, eighth; Carpenter, tied ninth) in the top nine in the 1000-meters yesterday. The whole team will continue to push each other to success at the Olympic Games."

    Sunday's Results

    Ladies' Division A 500-meters- 1, Catriona Le May Doan, Canada, 37.22 seconds (World Record). 2, Sabine Volker, Germany, 37.77. 3, Svetlana Zhurova, Russia, 37.88. Americans: 18, Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 39.10. 19, Amy Sannes, St. Paul, Minn., 39.15. 20, Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 39.16.

    Ladies' Division B 500-meters- 1, Chunyuan Yang, China, 38.95. 2, Aihua Xing, China, 39.27. 3, Yvonne Leever, Netherlands, 39.45. Americans: 5, Elli Ochowicz, Waukesha, Wis., 39.51.

    Ladies' Division A 1500-meters- 1, Anni Friesinger, Germany, 1 minute 54.61 seconds. 2, Volker, 1:55.03. 3, Claudia Pechstein, Germany, 1:55.18.
    Americans:  6, Rodriguez, 1:56.19. 12, Sarah Elliott, Oconomowoc, Wis.,1:59.65.

    Ladies' Division B 1500-meters-1, Sannes, 1:57.66. 2, Tatyana Trapeznikova, Russia, 1:58.81. 3, Chiara Simionato, Italy, 1:59.02. Americans: 5,
    Sundstrom, 1:59.37.

    Men's Division A 500-meters-1, Toyoki Takeda, Japan, 34.62 seconds. 2, Gerard van Velde, Netherlands, 34.88. 3, Jeremy Wotherspoon, Canada, 34.93. Americans: 8 (tied), Casey FitzRandolph, Verona, Wis., 35.17. 8 (tied), Joey Cheek, Greensboro, N.C., 35.17. 17, Kip Carpenter, Brookfield, Wis., 35.48.

    Men's Division B 500-meters- 1, Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 35.30. 2, Ermanno Moriatti, Italy, 35.52. 3, Pawel Abratkiewicz, 35.60. Americans: 5, Marc Pelchat, Chelmsford, Mass., 35.66. 6, Nick Pearson, Vernon, Wis., 35.67.

    Men's Division A 1500-meters-1, Adne Sondral, Norway, 1 minute 45.81. 2, Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 1:46.19. 3, Derek Parra, San Bernardino, Calif., 1:46.54. Other Americans:  10, KC Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 1:48.06. 17, J.P. Shilling, Baltimore, 1:48.84.

    Men's Division B 1500-meters-1, Cheek, 1:47.68. 2, Jae-Bong Choi, Korea, 1:48.10. 3, Kyu-Hyuk Lee, Korea, 1:48.79. Other American: 8, Chris Callis, Sudlersville, Md., 1:50.03.

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  • Parra Leads Way on Opening Day of Season Opening World Cup - BERLIN, Nov. 18, 2000-Derek Parra (Greenfield, Wis.) was the top finisher on the opening day of the season opening long track speedskating World Cup competition in Berlin. Parra placed seventh overall in the men's 1500-meter competition with a time of 1 minute 50.47 seconds. Rintje Ritsma of Holland won  with a time of 1:48.61.

  • After the race, Parra offered this assessment of his race stating, "This race was a good start of the season. It was a good race, but we saw there was room for improvement, so I am looking forward to the rest of the season."  "Derek had a good race, but was chasing after his opponent a little too much, causing him to fatigue early in the race,"  said U.S. National Allround Coach Bart Schouten. "Nonetheless, Derek had his highest finish in a World Cup race ever, and with fine-tuning in training that is still planned for, I expect him to do very well in the rest of the season."
    KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.) finished 15th in the men's 1500-meters (1:51.18). Boutiette said, "It was a solid race."  U.S. Speedskating Western Regional Coach Tom Cushman  was impressed with Boutiette's performance, stating, "After a tough season last year, he is
    definitely on his way back. Another 1/2 second and he would have been top 10."     Schouten echoed Cushman's assessment, stating, "It is good to see KC is on the way up, he will move his way up the rankings through the season." Chris Callis (Sudlersville, Md.) and Lucas Mills (Washington, D.C.) placed 31st (1:53.34) and 50th (1:55.76) respectively. "Chris Callis held his own at his first ever World Cup and had a good race, with room for improvement," said  Schouten. "He can be a factor in the future when his experience and maturity (he is 21) are at a higher level." In the ladies' 3000-meter competition, Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) was 17th with a time of 4 minutes 19.49 seconds. Germany's Gunda Niemann (4:03.73) won the event. Catherine Raney (Elm Grove, Wis.) was the top American finisher in the ladies' 3000-meters Division B competition, placing 10th (4:26.78). Sarah Elliott (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was 14th with a time of 4:29.48. The two-day event concludes tomorrow with the men's 5000-meters and ladies' 1500-meters.Saturday's ResultsLadies' 3000-meters Division A 1, Gunda Niemann, Germany, 4 minutes 3.73 seconds. 2, Anni Friesinger, Germany, 4:08.45. 3, Renate Groenewold, Netherlands, 4:09.32. American: 17, Jennifer Rodriguez, Miami, 4:19.49. Ladies' 3000-meters Division B 1, Marja Vis, Netherlands, 4:14.63. 2, Nicole Slot, Canada, 4:21.89. 3, Anna Savelyeva, Russia, 4:22.52. Americans: 10, Catherine Raney, Elm Grove, Wis., 4:26.78. 14, Sarah Elliott, Oconomowoc, Wis., 4:29.48. Men's 1500-meters Division A 1, Rintje Ritsma, Netherlands, 1 minute 48.61 seconds. 2, Hiroyuki Noake, Japan, 1:49.01. 3, Alexandr Kibalko, Russia, 1:49.18. Americans: 7, Derek Parra, Greenfield, Wis., 1:50.47. 15, KC Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 1:51.18. 31, Chris Callis, Sudlersville, Md., 1:53.34. 50, Lucas Mills, Washington, D.C., 1:55.76.

    BERLIN, Nov. 19, 2000-A day after placing seventh in the men's 1500-meters, Derek Parra (Greenfield, Wis.) turned in another solid day of skating. Parra, skating in the men's 5000-meters Division B event, placed third with a time of 6 minutes 38.22 seconds. "Today was another surprising day," said Parra. " I was not sure how the back injury I had for three months this summer would affect my performance, but I
    am doing better than ever. My focus on technique this summer really paid off and I am starting my normal training program again this week, so I am looking forward to the rest of the season."U.S. National Allround Coach Bart Schouten was also pleased with Parra's progress, stating, "Derek did very well, skating the 10th best time of the day, his best finish ever in the 5000. He skated in Division B because of last year's World Cup ranking, but he really showed he belongs in the top 10 in the World this weekend. The race was a good one, but again there is room
    for improvement." Also skating in the event was KC Boutiette (Tacoma, Wash.). Boutiette placed seventh overall (6:42.56) in the men's 5000-meters Division B competition, a day after placing 15th in the men's 1500-meter Division A race. "I had a good, solid weekend," said Boutiette.  "KC showed a good continuation of progress in today's 5000. His skating is getting better every day and his allround distances are coming back to him," said Schouten.Jason Hedstrand (Shoreview, Minn.) finished 24th in the competition with a time of 6:55.22. Poland's Jaromir Radke (6:35.22) won the event.The men's 5000-meter Division A competition was captured by the Netherlands Gianni Romme, who finished with a time 6:25.53.Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) was the top finisher for the United States in the ladies' 1500-meter Division A competition. Rodriguez (2:01.52) placed 15th behind winner, Anni Friesinger of Germany (1:57.71). Rodriguez was 17th in the ladies' 3000-meter Division A competition yesterday.Annie Driscoll (Roseville, Minn.) placed 27th with a time of 2:05.85 while Catherine Raney (Elm Grove, Wis.) recorded a time of 2:06.67 to finish 31st. Sarah Elliott (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was tied for 37th (2:07.50).World Cup action resumes next Saturday in Heerenveen, Netherlands.Sunday's ResultsLadies' 1500-meters Division A1, Anni Friesinger, Germany, 1 minute 57.71 seconds. 2, Gunda Niemann,
    Germany, 1:58.69. 3, Renate Groenewold, Netherlands, 1:59.15. Americans: 15, Jennifer Rodriguez, Miami, 2:01.52. 27, Annie Driscoll, Roseville, Minn., 2:05.85. 31, Catherine Raney, Elm Grove, Wis., 2:06.67. 37 (tied), Sarah Elliott, Oconomowoc, Wis., 2:07.50.Men's 5000-meters Division A1, Gianni Romme, Netherlands, 6 minutes 25.53 seconds. 2, Rintje Ritsma, Netherlands, 6:32.29. 3, Carl Verheijen, Netherlands, 6:34.66.Men's 5000-meters Division B1, Jaromir Radke, Poland, 6:35.22. 2, Dmitry Shepel, Russia, 6:36.85. 3, Derek Parra, Greenfield, Wis., 6:38.22. Americans: 7, KC Boutiette, Tacoma, Wash., 6:42.56. 24, Jason Hedstrand, Shoreview, Minn., 6:55.22.

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    Day 1
    Day 2
    J. Rodriguez 500 -39.50 1000 - 1:16.77 500 - 39.12 1000 - 1:16.27
    B. Sundstrom 500 - 39.42 1000 - 1:17.83 500 - 39.37 1000 - 1:17.34
    Overall Champions
    Women 1. Witty 2. B. Sundstrom 3. Sannes
    Men 1. Carpenter 2. Boutiette 3. Fitzrandolph
     Day 1:
    Women: 500 1. Witty  42.67 2.B.Sundstrom 42.86 3. Sannes 42.96
                 1000 1. Witty 1:23.00 2.B.Sundstrom1:24.23 3. Rodriguez 1:27.04
    Men:     500 1. Fitzrandolph 38.29 2. Cruikshank 38.34 3. Boutiette 38.72
               1000 1. Fitz-R 1:17.82 2. Carpenter 1:18.71 3. Boutiette 1:18.97
            Day 2:
    Women 500 1. Witty 41.52 2.B.Sundstrom 41.82 3.Sannes 42.84
                 1000 1. Witty 1:23.66  2.B.Sundstrom1:24.96 3. Sannes 1:25.52
    Men      500 1. Fitzrandolph 37.96 2. Cruikshank 38.38 3. Boutiette 38.84
                 1000 1. Carpenter1:16.41 2. Pearson 1:17.60 3. Boutiette 1:18.38