Olympic hopeful Richardson inspired by Milwaukee legend

Heather Richardson. Image by TODAY'S TMJ4

Olympic hopeful Richardson inspired by Milwaukee legend

By Lance Allan. CREATED Jan 14, 2014

Under the bright lights of her first Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010), speedskater Heather Richardson admits she felt the glare.

"Vancouver was so much to take in.  I never false started before, and I had my first false start at my first race at the Olympic Games.  I got so jittery, and that's all I could think about going into my second 500," Richardson told TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan.

Richardson will compete in the 500 meters, the 1,000 and 1,500 meters and the team pursuit race, and she draws inspiration from a Milwaukee-area legend.

"While we were here in Milwaukee, we had Bonnie Blair(-Cruikshank) talk to us and share all her Olympic experiences.   It's great to have all of that inspiration and all of that going into this season," said Richardson.

"She has done so much, and she gives so much back to the sport of speedskating.  She's a great role model for all of us."

Richardson is being pushed by U.S. teammate Brittany Bowe, the pair finishing 1-2 in nearly every event this season, making Blair-Cruikshank excited about their chances.

"I get goosebumps thinking about Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson.  They're both skating phenomenal right now.   really well," Blair-Cruikshank told Lance.

"They're really on that upswing and it's at the right time."

Richardson and Bowe are teammates, and they could push each other to greatness.

Lance Allan

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Lance Allan joined TODAY'S TMJ4 in 1996. He attended Rice Lake High School, UW - Barron County, and UW - Madison.