Winter Games Athletes
Cholewinski is taking her second crack at Olympic competition after she finished 30th in the 500 meters in 2010 in Vancouver. Like Olympic teammates Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe, Cholewinski is a former inline-skating standout who has made a successful transition to the ice. In Sochi, she will again compete in the 500, an event in which she set a personal best time of 37.60 seconds in Salt Lake City in November. Cholewinski, however, might have a tough time racing past medal contenders Richardson and Bowe in order to earn a podium spot in Sochi. She finished third behind both at the recent U.S. Olympic trials in the 500. Simply qualifying for her second straight Olympics should be considered a major accomplishment for Cholewinski, who has been able to stay focused on her skating career after she was arrested for public drunkenness in Salt Lake City in February 2011. She regrouped to also set a personal best in the 1,000 meters with a time of 1:17.82 in Utah in October. Cholewinski, who has her pilot’s license and also does some modeling when not skating, has been a member of the U.S national long-track speedskating team since 2009.