Winter Olympics results: Short track speed skating women’s 1500m
Three American hopefuls took to the ice Saturday hoping to be in the mix for a medal in the women’s 1500m short track speed skating race.
But, each failed to make it to the finals.
Korean skater Min-Jeong Choi grabbed the gold. Choi was able to win despite heartbreak in the 500m final, where she finished in second place, but was penalized and had to surrender her medal.
Jinyu Li of China grabbed the silver, and Kim Boutin of Canada took the bronze.
All three American skaters were unable to advance beyond the qualifying heats.
Jessica Kooreman, 34, of Melvindale, Michigan, also competed in Sochi, finishing fourth in the 1000m and sixth in the 1500m during the 2014 Games.
Lana Gehring, a 27-year-old Illinois native, won bronze in 2010 as part of the 3000m relay team, but retired from speed skating after failing to make the 2014 U.S. team. After a brief try at long track speed skating, she returned to short track in 2017.
Earlier in PyeongChang she finished 21st in the 500m.
Maame Biney, 17, made history in December as the first African-American woman to qualify for the short track speed skating U.S. Olympic Team. So far in PyeongChang she has an 14th-place finish in the 500m
Born in Ghana, she began skating at age 6 after moving to Virginia to live with her dad and swept the 500m races at December’s U.S. Olympic team trials.