Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic competes in the women's 3000m event at the European Allround Speed Skating Championships in Hamar

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. (Geir Olsen/Reuters Photo) (NTB SCANPIX / REUTERS / January 11, 2014)

When: Feb. 9.

Best of the U.S.: Jilleanne Rookard, currently 15th in the world, finished in 12th in 2010.

Best of the rest: Defending Olympic champion and current No. 1 Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won two of three races this season and finished second in the other.

U.S. chances to medal: Slim. Nine medals were collected this season by just five skaters, and none by the U.S.

Little-known fact: Russia's Lidia Skoblikova, who won this event twice, has won six Olympic golds.