Elli Ochowicz of Palo Alto missed qualifying for a fourth Winter Olympics by 0.12 seconds Saturday while finishing fifth in the women's 500 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah.
A slow first heat put Ochowicz, 30, into a big hole. Not even a season-best 38.1 seconds in the second of two heats was enough to overcome fourth-place Sugar Todd.
Heather Richardson won the competition, her first of what is expected to be three events in Sochi, Russia. Brittany Bowe, a former inline skater and Florida Atlantic University basketball player, was second, followed by Lauren Cholewinski and Todd.
"I'm so proud of Sugar Todd," Ochowicz said. "She's a first-time Olympian, and I know what that feeling is like."
Ochowicz, the daughter of three-time 1976 Olympic speedskating medalist Sheila Young, still can qualify in the 1,000 meters.
Her brother, Alex, who attended Palo Alto High before pursuing hockey in Wisconsin, was seventh in the men's 5,000 on Friday night as he tries to make his first Olympic team.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis claimed the last berth in the men's 500, but only after Jonathan Garcia was disqualified for failing to wear timing transponders on his ankles while skating a personal-best time that would have earned him a trip to Sochi.
Mitchell Whitmore, Tucker Fredricks and Brian Hansen finished 1-2-3.
U.S. Speedskating officials granted Garcia a re-skate, but he was nearly a half-second slower than his previous time of 34.85 seconds.
Loveintheshadows, ridden by Frank Alvarado, went wire-to-wire in the $37,725 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields. Trained by Bill McLean, Loveintheshadows ($19) ran 11/16 miles in 1:46.28 to edge McBoomer by a neck.
The Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.