RICHMOND, British Columbia – Jennifer Rodriguez is savoring the experience of her fourth Olympics, knowing she may hang up her skates before 2014. But a poor finish in Sunday’s 1,500 meters could keep the 33-year-old around.

Skating in the final pairing with Canada’s Christine Nesbitt, Rodriguez finished 18th in 2 minutes, 0.08 seconds.

”It was a terrible race,” she said. ”But I really did give it my all. I couldn’t have done any better I don’t think, even though it was terrible and I’m embarrassed and all that good stuff.”

It was Rodriguez’s last individual event of the Vancouver Games. She was 21st in the 500 and had her best result in the 1,000, with a seventh-place finish.

She isn’t sure she’ll be chosen to skate for the U.S. in the team pursuit Friday.

”If I skate the way I did (Sunday), I don’t even know that I’d be too beneficial for the group,” she said, ”but if I can get my feel back and my snap back after a couple days’ rest, then maybe we’ll see.”


WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING: Olympic favorite Kim Yu-na of South Korea will skate 23rd out of 30 competitors in Tuesday’s women’s short program.

The reigning world champion will go one spot after chief rival Mao Asada of Japan, the 2008 world gold medalist.

U.S. champion Rachael Flatt drew the 28th position, one spot before European champ Carolina Kostner of Italy and two before 2007 world winner Miki Ando of Japan, who goes last.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Sweden Coach Peter Elander said he won’t decide on a starting goalie for the semifinal against the U.S. until game time today, even though Kim Martin stopped 37 shots in regulation and overtime and all shots in the shootout to shock the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics.

Elander said Sara Grahn provides more size, but Martin is the only goalie to beat Canada or the U.S. in international competition.


SKI JUMPING: Ukrainian ski jumper Vitaliy Shumbarets was taken to a hospital after crashing during training at Whistler Olympic Park.

Organizers said Shumbarets did not appear to be seriously injured but was momentarily unconscious and was airlifted out of the ski jump venue.


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