Kuck Finishes 37th in 2nd Sochi Event
By Jim Meadows
Champaign native Jonathan Kuck finished 37th in Saturday’s men’s 1,500 meter speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics, an event that was a disappointing one for the USA team in general.
Kuck’s time was one-minute, 50.19 seconds.
Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka won the race with a time of 1:45.006, just a small fraction of a second ahead of Netherland’s Koen Verweij’s time of 1:45.009.
Another Illinoisan, Brian Hansen of Glenview, had the best time of any American skater, finishing 7th at 1:45.59. The USA’s Shani Davis came in 11th, at 1:45.98.
A few days earlier, Kuck had finished in 19th place (with a time of 6:31.53) in the men’s 5,000 meter speed skating event.
Kuck has one more Olympic event scheduled: the team pursuit, in which he won a silver medal in 2010. The quarterfinal in team pursuit is scheduled for February 21st.