Olympic preview: Speed skating men’s 500m
Seeking to end Team USA’s Olympic medal slide, three American speed skaters will take to the ice for the men’s 500m on Monday.
The Americans are 0-for-7 in PyeongChang so far when it comes to long track speed skating. Brittany Bowe has come closest for the U.S., finishing fourth in the women’s 1000m to go with fifth-place finishes in the 500m and 1500m.
Dutch skaters, as usual, have dominated the Games, winning six of the eight gold medals presented in the sport so far.
The entries for Team USA in the men’s 500m are:
— Mitchell Whitmore, 28, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a three-time Olympian, finishing 37th in the 500m in 2010 and 27th in 2014. He is the reigning U.S. champ and current American record holder in the 500m, while also placing fourth in distance at the 2017 world championships.
— Jonathan Garcia, 31, of Houston, also competed at the 2014 Olympics, placing 28th in the 1000m.
— Kimani Griffin, 27, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, placed third in the 500m at the U.S. Olympic team trials to qualify for his first Olympics.