World No.1 skater Erin Jackson misses Olympic team, Bowe and Stolz double down – OlympicTalk
Brittany Bowe and Jordan stolz did what they were supposed to do on Friday. Erin jackson does not have.
As Bowe and Stolz won their second races at the Olympic speed skating trials in the United States, Jackson’s trip to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics may have escaped a bobble mid-race.
Jackson, the world’s No. 1 skater in the 500m, fired back with a misstep to finish with the third fastest time behind Bowe and Kimi Goetz Friday. Jackson had hoped to get another skate, but officials at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee ruled against her.
With Bowe and Goetz qualified for both places in the women’s quota in the 500, Jackson has to wait and see if a third place is awarded to the United States. Another country could cede a place resulting in a reallocation.
“I feel like I screwed up,” Jackson said on the US show with a contrite smile. âIt’s definitely for me, but it would be great to get this new skate, especially not just to be ranked # 1 in the US, but ranked # 1 in the world. It would be a little strange not to go.
All three skaters finished in the same order Thursday night in the 1000m.
Bowe, 33, was the first of the women on the ice as none of the top three went one-on-one. She clocked 37.81 seconds.
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Jackson, 29, was in the next pair and the unusual swing on the back stretch melted his speed.
“I could hear someone, I think it was Brittany, say, ‘Get back to skating,'” Jackson said of Bowe, who has been his teammate since they’ve been rollerblading in. Ocala, Florida. “I was just trying to get all I could and get to the finish line and keep my fingers crossed.”
His time was 38.24. But Goetz, 27, was next. She came in 37.85 to clinch her Olympic spot in the 500 and 1000. The United States has just five places in total for women at the Games with two races remaining – the 1500, in which Bowe and Goetz are in. again the best contenders, and the mass start.
The American men are only guaranteed to have one participant in the 500m in Beijing, and that will be Stolz, who clocked a time of 34.55 to break his second track record of the week. Jun-Ho Kim of South Korea had the previous high of 34.59 set two years ago.
Stolz, 17, is the US record holder at 34.11, set on December 10. It is also the junior world record. He also set a track record, beating a 16-year mark held by the Olympic gold medalist Shani davis, in the 1000 Thursday.
If enough American men double in the events for the American team to send a second participant in the 500, Austin Kleba, who had a time of 35.17, would get the go-ahead.
Karen Rosen, who has covered every summer and winter Olympics since 1992, is a special contributor to NBCSports.com.
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