Two National Championship Wins and a Record for Heather Richardson
Heather Richardson won national titles in championship sprint races at both 500 and 1000 meters Monday. The News & Record doesn't have a proper sports section anymore, or not on Tuesdays at least, but Heather's double speedskating victory is the top story on the first page of today's sports coverage:
The 21-year-old Olympian from High Point continued her astonishing breakout season Monday at the U.S. Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval, winning both the 500 and 1,000 meters in the fastest times in the world this season -- her time of 37.58 seconds in the 500 also shattered the American record -- despite nursing a painful back injury.
The newpaper story has details of which disk of hers slipped out and how it's being treated. If she can keep that under control, the 2010 Winter Olympian looks poised to have quite a season for herself.