Heather Richardson

had hoped to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in just one event.

Barely 2 years since switching over from inline speedskating to ice, Richardson is Vancouver-bound in three distances instead of just the one.

Richardson locked up her third Olympic spot by topping her personal best and the rest of the competition in the 1,500 meters yesterday at the U.S. Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah. Her time of 1:56.22 was more than 2 seconds ahead of her personal best and 2.51 seconds faster than any other woman yesterday.

"It was definitely a surprise," said Richardson, 20, from High Point, N.C. She already had locked up spots on the U.S. team for the 500 meters and 1,000.

The U.S. roster for the 1,500 will be Richardson, Jilleanne Rookard and Jennifer Rodriguez, who is headed to her third Olympics.

It will be the first Olympics for Richardson and 19-year-old Brian Hansen, who clinched a spot by taking third in the men's 1,500 meters later yesterday.


* Andrej Jerman, of Slovenia, won the knee-jarring World Cup downhill on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, and Austria's Mario Scheiber, who crossed second was disqualified for irregular ski boots.

* Marlies Schild, of Austria, won a World Cup slalom in Lienz, Austria, for her first victory since breaking a leg, while American Lindsey Vonn finished 18th wearing a brace on her bruised left arm. Schild missed all of last season after breaking her leg.

* Austrian ski jumper Andreas Kofler, back after a year in retirement, won the opening stop on the Four-Hill Tour, beating five-time overall winner Janne Ahonen, of Finland, in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Philly File


The Wings signed veteran transition player

Josh Sims

, the former Princeton lacrosse All-America who played for the Colorado Mammoth the past seven seasons.

Sport Stops

* Lane's End Farm owner William S. Farish has been chosen to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit for outstanding achievement in thoroughbred racing. Farish is an owner and breeder, and vice chairman of The Jockey Club. He also was the former chairman of the executive committee of the Breeders' Cup and serves as chairman of the board.

* Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves became a father Monday in Atlanta when his girlfriend, Adriana Henao, gave birth to the couple's first child, Mikaella Castroneves.