Record-setter Richardson fired up at World Sprints

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In the midst of a hot summer, long-track speedskater Heather Richardson took to the ice, only not as some might expect.

She showed up at the Utah Olympic Oval with a used pair of skates from a local Play It Again Sports store, knee pads and a stick supplied by coach Ryan Shimabukuro.

Hockey anyone?

It may seem an unusual coaching technique to outsiders, yet the emphasis on quick starts through hockey is one of the reasons Richardson is off to a record-setting season heading into this weekend's World Sprint Championships.

The last time Richardson skated at the Olympic oval in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns, she broke a national record every time she raced -- in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500.