SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Jorien ter Mors' busy day started with an Olympic record. It ended without the medal and piece of history she was hoping for.
Ter Mors began her Friday late afternoon at the Adler Arena, where she helped the Dutch long track team qualify for Saturday's pursuit semifinal.
Without pushing too hard, the trio set an Olympic record before Ter Mors rushed over to the adjacent Iceberg Skating Palace only to be eliminated in the 1,000-meter semifinal and finish fifth.
A podium place would have made the 1,500 long track Olympic champion unique in Winter Games history as the only skater to win medals on both tracks.
"Now I will have to continue doing this for another four years," Ter Mors said, already looking ahead to the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
Ter Mors finished fourth, fifth and sixth in her three short track races at the Sochi Games, tantalizingly close to medaling in the rough and tumble sport.
Even though she much prefers short track, results suggest she is better at long track where already has an Olympic gold medal and is a key fixture in the pursuit team which is also heavily favored to win gold.
She manages to seamlessly switch between two sports.
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