Speedskater Heather Richardson failed Tuesday in her quest to end a 20-year drought for Americans in the women’s 500 meters, finishing in eighth place at the Adler Arena. Richardson, in fourth place after posting a time of 37.73 seconds in the first  of two heats, posted a 38.02 in the second heat to fall out of contention. The event was won by Sang Hwa Lee of South Korea, the overwhelming favorite, who set an Olympic record in the event.

Richardson, of High Point, N.C., was seeking to become the first American to medal in the event since Bonnie Blair won the last of her three golds in 1994.