SOCHI, Russia - A tough day on the track for Winnipegger Brittany Schussler in the women’s 1,000-metre long track speed skating event left her in 30th spot and almost four seconds off the podium.
Schussler said her race was better than her last few days of practice but it was no where near good enough to have her in the hunt.
Hong Zhang of China won the gold medal with a time of 1:14.02. Denmark’s Irene Wust won silver and the bronze went to Denmark’s Margot Boer.
Schussler finished with a time of 1:18.53.
"I struggled a little bit with my speedwork the last couple of days. That was a better race than the last couple of days but it wasn’t great. I’m a bit disappointed. But it was a step in the right direction," she said. "There are still a couple of days until the 1,500-metre so hopefully I can have a bit more jump in my legs on Sunday."
Schussler has been planning all along to use the first two races of her week, the 3,000-metre and the 1,000-metre to set her up for her best distance the 1,500-metre which goes Sunday.
"There’s nothing that is glaringly wrong. I feel like technically I’m and mentally I feel good. I feel that was just a good race. I’m at the Olympics and I want to have an Olympic level race and that’s not what that was," said Schussler. "When the 1,500 rolls around I want to get off the ice and be able to say that was an amzaing race and not just a good race."