February 18, 2014 - 8:05 AM
KAMLOOPS — After falling and not finishing in her individual race, Jessica Hewitt got redemption in the team event today and will bring home a silver medal from the Sochi Olympics.
The Kamloops speedskater appeared to be well on her way Thursday posting a promising time in 500m qualification rounds, but an equally dramatic team event propelled her and her mates to bring home a medal.
“I felt really excited I was named to the team, I've worked, really, really hard for this,” she told Infotel News of her chance to compete at the Olympics. “I always had the dream of going to the Olympics.... I just wanted to be the fastest woman in the world at something.”
Hewitt went into the quarterfinals as the top Canadian and with the second best time of the initial heats (and ultimately the fourth best time in the 500 m event) but fell in her second race, ending her individual Olympic medal hopes.
But as part of the 3000m short track team, they skated to a bronze medal until judges declared second-place China had a skater who did not leave the ice promptly and the team was disqualified. That lifted Team Canada into second and Italy, which had a fall late in the race and was considered out of medal contention, into third. South Korea took the gold.
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