For the second consecutive day, speedskater Elli Ochowicz of Palo Alto barely missed qualifying for her fourth Winter Olympics.

Ochowicz, 30, skated more than a second slower than her season best from last month in finishing fifth in the women's 1,000 meters Sunday at the U.S. trials in Kearns, Utah. The top four skaters qualified for the Sochi Games.

Racing in the second-to-last-heat with eventual winner Heather Richardson, Ochowicz fell far behind. The skater had a strong first lap but slowed considerably in chasing Richardson, who won the competition with a time of 1 minute 13.22 seconds. Ochowicz finished in 1.16.51 -- 0.08 of a second behind Kelly Gunther, who needed a personal best of 1.16.43 to qualify.

Richardson of High Point, N.C., also won the 500 meters on Saturday while Brittany Bowe was the runner up in both races. Sugar Todd, who edged Ochowicz in the 500, had another personal best to make the team in the 1,000 meters.

Her brother, Alex Ochowicz, recorded a personal best in the men's 1,000 to finish sixth, but well behind the top four qualifiers. Stanford student Edwin Park, who finished fifth in the 5,000, also had a personal best in placing ninth.

The Ochowiczes are children of three-time 1976 Olympic speedskating medalist Sheila Young, a Menlo Park schoolteacher. Their father, Jim Ochowicz, is a 1972 Olympian in track cycling who now manages the BMC Pro cycling team based in Santa Rosa.

American star Shani Davis won the men's race with a time of 1.07.52 while Jonathan Garcia, disqualified Saturday for failing to wear required timing devices, made the team in the fourth spot. Davis is the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the distance.

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