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Speedskating: Women's 1,500

Heather Richardson smiles after completing her event. (John J. Kim/Tribune Photo)
Heather Richardson smiles after completing her event. (John J. Kim/Tribune Photo) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

When: Feb. 16.

Best of the U.S.: World No. 1 Heather Richardson won the 2013 world sprint championships in Salt Lake City.

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Best of the rest: Defending Olympic champion Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, third in the world, has two gold medals this season and a second-place finish.

U.S. chances to medal: Besides Richardson, Brittany Bowe medaled twice, including a win, and is ranked No. 2 in the world.

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Little-known fact: Bowe and Richardson are roommates with first-time Olympian Sugar Todd and Mitch Whitmore of the men's team.

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