Janesville speed skater finishes 12th in OlympicsWisconsin Sports
- Tucker Fredericks of Janesville finished a disappointing 12th last night in the men’s 500-meter speed-skating event at the Vancouver Olympics.
VANCOUVER - Tucker Fredericks of Janesville finished a disappointing 12th last night in the men’s 500-meter speed-skating event at the Vancouver Olympics.
The 25-year-old Fredericks was ranked fourth coming in – and he was expecting to win a medal after placing 25th at the Torino Games in 2006. In his opening race last night, Fredericks slipped at the start and on the first turn – and he could not explain why. He was 15th after the first race, and he improved three spots in his second attempt.
Shani Davis, who trains at West Allis, was 18th. He did not compete in his second race, knowing he had no chance for a medal, so he could prepare for his best event tomorrow in the one-thousand meters. Nick Pearson of Vernon in Waukesha County was 26th. And Mitch Whitmore of Waukesha was 37th. Mo Tae-Bum of South Korea won the men’s 500.
Elsewhere, former Badgers Carla MacLeod and Meaghan Mikkelson did not score for the Canadian women’s hockey team in its 10-to-1 rout of Switzerland.