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Bowe, Richardson get their shots at ending US medal drought in speedskating

SOCHI, Russia -- Ranked 1-2 in the world, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are the United States' best two options to get the U.S. speedskating team on the board and relieve the pressure of an ongoing medal drought.

On Sunday, the former in-line skaters race in the 1,500. After swapping a new Under Armour suit for an old one, the male counterparts on the team went 0-4 in Saturday's 1,500.

Richardson and Bowe have struggled in Sochi as well.

Richardson, 24, has finished eighth in the 500 and seventh in the 1,000. Bowe, 25, was 13th in the 500 and eighth in the 1,000.

Still, they're not likely to be counted out. Bowe medaled twice this World Cup season in the 1,500, including one win. Richardson took a bronze.

How exactly skaters are shaking off the distraction of the suit swap remains a mystery. An official for the federation whisked them away from the media zone after a morning training session.

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