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WATCH LIVE: Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson aim for women’s 1000m gold

Sochi Olympics Speedskating Women

Brittany Bowe of the U.S. warms-up for the women’s 1,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Pavel Golovkin

The U.S. women’s speed skating team hopes to end its medal drought from 2002 by getting to the podium in the speed skating 1000m on Thursday. The action kicks off at 9 a.m. ET:

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Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe represent the best hopes of breaking that slump; they even took the top two spots in three of four 1000m events at the World Cup this season.

That doesn’t necessarily make them the favorites, however. Russia will be behind Olga Fatkulina, who took silver in the 500m and is impressive at this distance, too. Other noteworthy competitors include Zhang Hong (China) and Ireen Wuest (Netherlands).

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