Long Track Speedskating Preview
The U.S. and long track speedskating are synonymous. Boasting 67 Olympic medals – including 29 golds – Team USA is traditionally poised to reach the medal stand. The 67 Olympic medals won by U.S. long track speedskaters rank third all-time among country totals, while Team USA's 29 gold medals are the second most. Looking ahead to 2018, a strong sprinting core has continued to carry Team USA since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, while the U.S. will also look to return several elite athletes in distance events. MORE
Heather Richardson Bergsma
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Hometown: High Point, North Carolina
Olympic Experience: 2010, 2014
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The 2016-17 Grand World Cup champion, Heather Bergsma has positioned herself as a medal contender in four different events should she make her third Olympic roster, including the 500-meter, 1,000, 1,500 and mass start. Coming off a successful 2016-17 season in which she won 12 world cup medals, the two-time Olympian accounted for four of the five world championship medals that Team USA won last season. She won world titles in the 1,000 and 1,500-meter, and captured a bronze in the mass start at the world single distance championships, while also placing second overall at the world sprint championships.
About Heather
Earliest Olympic memory: Watching the Salt Lake Games and being amazed at all of the inline skaters who made the transition to ice and were competing. (I was an inline skater).

Best advice received: You have nothing to lose, only something to gain.
KC Boutiette
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Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Olympic Experience: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
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Four-time Olympian KC Boutiette is seeking his fifth Olympic berth, having previously competed in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006. If he accomplishes the feat, he would be the first American to skate at five different Olympics, while also becoming the oldest U.S. speedskater at age 47. At the 2016-17 ISU World Cup stop in Nagano, Japan, Boutiette became the oldest skater to mount a world cup podium with his silver medal in the men's mass start, an event that will make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. Having come out of retirement in 2015 with an eye on the mass start, Boutiette's silver in the event marked his first world cup medal since taking bronze in the 10,000-meter on Feb. 28, 2004. With his eyes set on PyeongChang, he will strive to earn the first Olympic medal of his career in South Korea.
About KC
Hidden talents: I can dance pretty well and make people laugh doing so.

Something quirky: I love talking to kids and helping others.

Nickname: Booty (by my good friends).
Brittany Bowe
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Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Olympic Experience: 2014
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The current world-record holder in the women's 1,000-meter, Brittany Bowe has her sights on the podium in PyeongChang. The 2015-16 Grand World Cup champion and back-to-back world sprints champion was the only skater to win three individual medals at the 2016 World Single Distance Championships. An offseason concussion delayed the start of her pre-Olympic season, but she did not miss a step, winning a bronze medal in the 1,000 in her first weekend of international racing. Due to lingering symptoms of her concussion, she missed the first three ISU World Cup events of the 2016-17 season. She later decided to bow out of the ISU World Single Distances Championships to focus on her concussion recovery, but will look to make a strong comeback on the road to what would mark her second Olympic berth in PyeongChang.
About Brittany
Earliest Olympic memory: Attending the 2002 Games with my coach and watching Team USA athletes step onto the podium after winning gold.

Best advice received: Don't over-skate.
Joey Mantia
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Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Olympic Experience: 2014
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A world-famous inline skater, Joey Mantia switched to competing on the ice before the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and made his first U.S. Olympic Team in 2014. Since then, he has continued to prove his work ethic and improve at every world cup race, becoming a regular on the 1,000- and 1,500-meter podium stands. He has also emerged as a contender in the mass start, which will be making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. Mantia is coming off a strong 2016-17 season in which he won his first-ever ISU World Single Distance Championships medal – a gold in the mass start. He also tallied a trio of medals on the ISU World Cup circuit, including golds in the 1,500 (Nagano) and mass start (Heerenveen), and a bronze in the 1,500 (Astana), resulting in a fourth-place finish in the overall world cup rankings.
About Joey
Hidden talent: I can wiggle my ears and taught myself how to play piano.

Something quirky: I talk to myself, probably a lot more than I should. Shower. Car. Anytime I'm alone and no one else is around I'll randomly have a short conversation with myself. Not weird at all.

Earliest Olympic memory: Watching Michael Johnson make history in Atlanta with his golden shoes.
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