Mom Wins Gold
Russian mother of 2-year-old takes women' 500 m speed skating event
By Jacob Wiesenick, Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Zhurova, 34, had a combined time of 76.57 seconds over two races. She defeated Chinese skaters, Wang Manli, who won the silver medal, and Ren Hui, who took the bronze.
The American speed skaters did not perform as well as expected. Jennifer Rodriguez finished in 11th place, Amy Sannes came in 17th, Elli Ochowicz was 23rd, and Chris Witty, who carried the U.S. flag during the Opening Ceremonies, finished 28thnext to last.
Although men's speed skating was included in the first Winter Olympics in 1924, women's speed skating didn't appear until the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley, California.
Zhurova returned to speed skating a little more than a year ago after the birth of her son. She said she finds it hard to balance being both an Olympic athlete and a mom. So far, she seems to be doing a great job!