Like the men in the same event, the United States was unable to sniff the podium in Thursday's showcase final of the 1,000 meters in speedskating. It was another disappointing showing in another contest where the United States was expecting to dangle a medal or two around an American neck.
China's Hong Zhang took gold, crossing in 1:14.02. She beat out Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst by .67 seconds; Wüst's time was 1:14.69. Taking the bronze: the Netherlands' Margot Boer, who earned her medal by skating start to finish in 1:14.90.
American Heather Richardson came away in seventh. She finished in 1:15.23, which was 1.21 seconds behind Zhang's pace. Teammate Brittany Bowe (1:15.47) took eighth. Both were favorites to medal in the event. Fellow Americans Sugar Todd and Kelly Gunther finished 32 and 33rd, respectively, both more than five seconds behind the winning pace.
The medals for Wüst and Boer placed the Netherlands in a tie with the United States for the most overall medals. Each country claims 12 as of this story. Norway, the all-time leader in Winter Olympics hardware, currently has 13 podium trips to its name.